Carolyn Hax chat glossary
Bonus kid — A stepchild
CH — Carolyn Hax
DH — Dear husband
DIL — Daughter-in-law
FIL — Father-in-law
FOO — Family of origin
Fox — Sounds like a specific curse word
FWIW — For what it’s worth
Glassbowl — A person who is being a jerk. Think about what not-so-nice word glassbowl rhymes with.
Hamster Wheel of Despair — Also Dating Hamster Wheel of Despair or DHWD. From a 2007 column, describing a recurring cycle of unhappy behavior.
Head to keyboard — An action of sheer exasperation.
Hoot — Also Hootenanny. Annual chat events where we share our horror stories from the holidays or from wedding season.
LW — Letter writer
MIL — Mother-in-law
MOB — Mother of the bride
MOH — Maid of honor
Nibling — A gender-neutral term for the children of one’s siblings.
Nuts — Also nutterati. The dedicated readers who comment regularly on the column. Replaces the problematic “peanut gallery.”
Online only — A request that some chatters make when submitting questions to prevent them from appearing in print. We try to honor “online only” requests, but because of the volume of questions coming in, we don’t always see them.
OP — Original poster
SO — Significant other
TL;DR — Too long; didn’t read. Often used in front of a short summary of a long story.
YMMV — Your mileage may vary
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