Postprandial? Projectionist? Prost? July 23, 2015 3:25 PM   Subscribe

What does the P in SLNYTMP stand for?

There are a lot of great acronyms on the front page these days, but in this case I have to admit that I was as confused as ever. I think I understand the first six letters of the acronym: SL, that means single link, even if that isn't quite true; NYT, well, that's New York Times, of course – and with an M, I think it's pretty clear that's New York Times Magazine (which, of course, the poster has handily italicized to set it apart from the rest of the acronym.) But I can't quite figure out the last letter.

Part of the confusion, of course, is that, like almost every acronym on the front page, this one isn't correct, is it? The "SL" stands for "single link" – but there are in fact two links in this post, one to the New York Times Magazine and the other to Wikipedia. So really, as far as I can tell, the acronym ought to be DLNYTMAAWAW, which stands for double link New York Times Magazine and also Wikipedia as well.

Incidentally, I have been thinking that one of the nice things about acronyms is their compactness and efficiency of expression; you can always add more letters if you want to say more without having to add a lot of long words. They're clearly much better, much more expressive, than simply writing the source of the link in the post, like [Youtube] or [New York Times Magazine]. Here some handy acronyms I imagine people might wish to use to help others understand what their post is about:

TLYTVYPASOF - triple link Youtube videos you probably already saw on Facebook
DLTATTFOAL - double link Twitter accounts that tweet funny observations about life
QLHASPOC - quadruple link here are some pictures of cats

As you can see, the possibilities for acronyms are endless. I imagine soon we'll be able to SWOOPAJUA (stop writing out our posts and just use acronyms), since TWWMB (that will work much better). Maybe WCEFAWTDTWCAW (we can even find a way to do this with comments as well). The sky's the limit!

Still not entirely sure what that "P" stands for, though.
posted by koeselitz to Etiquette/Policy at 3:25 PM (79 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Piece?
posted by jaguar at 3:41 PM on July 23, 2015


It actually stands for "So Long, Not Your Topic --MeFi Posse." You know, in case anyone feels like threadshitting.
posted by thetortoise at 3:42 PM on July 23, 2015 [3 favorites]


Piece, unless it is Politics. If the magazine has a politics section then probably that.
posted by Oyéah at 3:43 PM on July 23, 2015


Pinta. As in 'beans'.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:45 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Am I crazy? Does the P not stand for post?
posted by peep at 3:53 PM on July 23, 2015 [40 favorites]


Maybe WCEFAWTDTWCAW (we can even find a way to do this with comments as well). The sky's the limit!

IFOTTIAGSFFMAPFHAAW.

I also read it as "post." Like "this here is a single link NYT Magazine post." But piece or politics makes sense too.
posted by egregious theorem at 3:55 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


I thought piece. Or pig. Probably piece.
posted by billiebee at 4:00 PM on July 23, 2015


SL, that means single link, even if that isn't quite true;

Hasn't been true for several posts.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:03 PM on July 23, 2015


This seems like a question for ressurexit.
posted by Going To Maine at 4:12 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


I read this as Single Link Not You Tube Mystery Post.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:30 PM on July 23, 2015 [19 favorites]


Pinta. As in 'Nina, xxxxx, and Santa Maria.'
posted by shakespeherian at 4:37 PM on July 23, 2015


Posturing? Pretentiousness, perhaps. Possibly pablum.
posted by MoonOrb at 4:39 PM on July 23, 2015


It's a suffixal conditional, ", probs."
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:41 PM on July 23, 2015 [6 favorites]


It stands for Post.

Not that you were seriously asking.

Yes, the SLYT-spawned acronyms are stupid and pointless, as they always have been. No, it's not worth caring about.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:05 PM on July 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


I read it as an aggressive, sexist insult: So lick Neil Young's totally make-believe pussy.
posted by item at 5:06 PM on July 23, 2015 [6 favorites]


So, you're saying you're not down with OPP?
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:07 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Am I crazy? Does the P not stand for post?

This is blowing my mind, too. The piece people are wack. Wack!
posted by threeants at 5:10 PM on July 23, 2015 [6 favorites]


All we're saying, threeants, is give Piece a chance.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:18 PM on July 23, 2015 [17 favorites]


> IFOTTIAGSFFMAPFHAAW.

Okay. I'll bite.

"I found out that this is a good skill for Facebook messages and probably for here also, as well."

Hello, FOX? Yes, I believe we have one of your half-baked game show ideas you forgot to toss into the fall lineup.
posted by Johann Georg Faust at 5:22 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Although I am not a big fan of the strategy in general, I heartily endorse the sarcasm in this post.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:26 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Don't you mean this piece?
posted by Johann Georg Faust at 5:28 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Pudding.

Definitely P for Pudding.
posted by briank at 5:41 PM on July 23, 2015


As in "Sorry Loser, Not Your Turn. MY Pudding"
posted by briank at 5:47 PM on July 23, 2015 [4 favorites]


this is like a game of Acrophobia

Sometimes, like, no yogurt today. Make pizza.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 5:56 PM on July 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


Seven Little Nincompoops Yelling Towards Metafilter, Petulantly
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:01 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Stop Laughing? Now You're Trouble, Metatalk Post
posted by naju at 6:08 PM on July 23, 2015 [3 favorites]


I always assumed the P stood for "Pine Is Not Elm".
posted by uosuaq at 6:15 PM on July 23, 2015 [12 favorites]


jessamyn (retired): I read this as Single Link Not You Tube Mystery Post.

Single Link Not You Tube Mystery Post (SLYT)
posted by notyou at 6:47 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Seriously, Larry; never yell "The Mexican Pinata"!
posted by yhbc at 7:55 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wait doesn't the P stand for Terry?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:03 PM on July 23, 2015 [6 favorites]


It stands for "porn," as used in terms like "food porn." Anything mildly interesting is porn of the thing it is about. This is New York Times Magazine porn. HTH
posted by prize bull octorok at 8:20 PM on July 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's a recursive bacronymic abbreviation for "SLNYTMP is not an acronym", so really it doesn't matter.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 8:45 PM on July 23, 2015


“Single Link New York Times Mounted Police”
posted by Going To Maine at 8:46 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Joseph Gurl: "So, you're saying you're not down with OPP?"

Well, you know me.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:51 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Sometimes (Like Now) Y'all Try My Patience
posted by 23skidoo at 9:14 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


So
Lover,
Now
Your
Tender
Moves
Pulsate.
posted by Oyéah at 10:05 PM on July 23, 2015 [5 favorites]


Seems like not your typical MetaFilter post.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:28 PM on July 23, 2015 [8 favorites]


Sometimes Lucy needs your typical meringue pie.
I thought this was well known
posted by From Bklyn at 12:13 AM on July 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sounds like nothing you think matters, pal.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:09 AM on July 24, 2015 [10 favorites]


No mystery to me, but I have been familiar with the NY Times and its Magazine since my youth, and it seems like the SL[x]P is a standard format for saying Single Link [x] Post.
posted by aught at 5:33 AM on July 24, 2015


True, but it's confusing when the Post is not, in fact, Single Link.
posted by languagehat at 7:40 AM on July 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ah, but it's a great idea to have a "P" at the end there that means "post." Otherwise people might not know what it is they're reading. They might think they're reading the back of a cereal box, or a newspaper, or an eleventh-century manuscript from Cordoba. Nope – it's a post!
posted by koeselitz at 7:51 AM on July 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


Or a panda.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:13 AM on July 24, 2015


Is anyone actually reviewing the MetaTalk queue? Is there an auto approve script?
posted by smackfu at 9:07 AM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe ask resurrexit?
posted by cjorgensen at 9:12 AM on July 24, 2015


Nope – it's a post!

While I have become enamored of late with the so-called electrical mail, this news-item most certainly did not arrive by post.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:14 AM on July 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


RTFA: Please read the article
RTFAMF: Please read the article, kind sir/ma'am.

tl;dr: I regret that time constraints forced me to but skim your excellent posting.
tl;dr,mf: I regret that time constraints forced me to but skim your excellent posting, kind sir/madam.

DTMFA: Dump the motherfucker already. Because, you know, a relationship is not working when they are fucking your mother.
posted by eriko at 11:42 AM on July 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


P is for POOP!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 1:21 PM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


So
Long
Nobody
Yet
Trusts
My
P___________

There. I'm glad I could clear that up for you.
posted by double block and bleed at 1:43 PM on July 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Starchy legumes noshed yesterday, today make poop.
posted by Literaryhero at 5:04 PM on July 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


Several Large Nigerian Yams Taste Mostly Palatable
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:07 PM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


My Very Elegant Mother Just Served Us Nine Dwarf Pizzas
posted by michaelh at 5:34 PM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Many Very Educated Men Just Screwed Up Nine (Phpptt!)
posted by eriko at 5:46 PM on July 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


My Very Elegant Mother Just Served Us Nine Dwarf Pizzas

Many Very Educated Men Just Screwed Up Nine (Phpptt!)


i don't understand what happened here
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:16 PM on July 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


This makes me miss Usenet's alt.fan.warlord
posted by Gorgik at 6:31 PM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


i don't understand what happened here

Ignore Dudes Unless Wielding Ham Hocks
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:54 PM on July 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


The P stands for Pork. Like that darn bridge to nowhere, government waste, blah blah blah
posted by oceanjesse at 8:19 PM on July 24, 2015


The P stands for Pork

Try Putting on your Shoes First, Pants-boy!
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:28 PM on July 24, 2015


PYHBYLAKYAG
posted by jonmc at 6:35 AM on July 25, 2015


It stands for I Hand Raised This Content From A Pup Just So You Could Snark, Enjoy!
posted by arcticseal at 7:52 AM on July 25, 2015


MP= master of pies.
posted by Namlit at 8:00 AM on July 25, 2015


Slnytmp is one of the most beautiful villages in Wales. It certainly merits its own post.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:23 AM on July 25, 2015 [6 favorites]


So, like, now you're taking my plums?
posted by dersins at 9:06 AM on July 25, 2015 [7 favorites]


Sorry, last night you told me "prunes."
posted by MoonOrb at 9:59 AM on July 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


IAONFOIRTTM = I am of no fixed opinion in regards to this matter.
posted by y2karl at 11:35 AM on July 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


tl/dr = U for 'Uh...'
posted by y2karl at 11:39 AM on July 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


KYMBISY!

(Koeselitz, you magnificent bastard, I salute you!)
posted by DrAmerica at 12:14 PM on July 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Is this something you have to have a computer to understand?
posted by taff at 9:07 PM on July 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Single Link New York Times Magazine PHP Home Pages
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 12:52 AM on July 26, 2015


WTF
posted by MultiFaceted at 8:57 AM on July 26, 2015


TIMFMTFPPEBSWRAD.

This Is My Favourite MetaTalk Front Page Post Ever Brilliant Snark Would Read Again
posted by five fresh fish at 12:14 PM on July 26, 2015


Dammit.
posted by five fresh fish at 12:17 PM on July 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


SLNYTMP

Stop lying Nyarlathotep, you took my pudding.
posted by Gygesringtone at 9:41 PM on July 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


If initialisms on metafilter are at all similar to acronyms for clinical trials, then the answer is it stands for what you want it to. Here's a particularly convoluted example that my department's been working on lately: SABRtooth
posted by Ned G at 2:34 AM on July 27, 2015


Ned G, I remember my friend the medical student (now doctor) who would get all indignant and superior when I'd ask him what all the acronyms stood for, with which he had begun liberally peppering his conversation. In the end, he sheepishly admitted he had no idea about most of them.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:12 AM on July 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Sunshine, lollipops
Nourishing yellow triggers
more pigmentation
posted by Kabanos at 11:58 AM on July 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Seriously, Like, Nix Your Total Mental Process...





...maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan
posted by Sys Rq at 8:20 PM on July 27, 2015


smh
posted by maryr at 10:09 AM on July 29, 2015


I have a doctor friend who told me that when talking about a patient's condition in front of them, when asked what was wrong with them, they'd say GOK as shorthand for God Only Knows. GOK sounding similar enough to OK that the patient wouldn't worry.
posted by arcticseal at 3:15 PM on August 7, 2015


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