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With 60 million users and 50 billion page impressions every month, Craigslist maintains a vibrant, active online community filled with job ads, discussions, classifieds and personals.
Spend long enough cruising chat rooms, message boards or question-and-answer sites, and you’ll get used to common Internet acronyms such as LOL, WTH, FTW and AFAIK.
Certain niche sites, such as Craigslist, spawn acronyms and abbreviations of their own.
The usual business model is for the advertiser to be enticed to place an advert free of charge (using an 0800 number or equivalent); those replying (and also the advertiser, when they want to check for any replies) must use a premium-rate line.
Due to newspaper prices being based on characters or lines of text, a jargon of abbreviations, acronyms and code words arose in personals and have often carried over to the internet.
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These include PT or FT to designate part-time or full-time work; AA/EO to signal an affirmative action/equal-opportunity employer; or simply EOE, for equal-opportunity employer.
The latter acronym sometimes comes before M/F/V/D or M/F/V/H, indicating that the employer welcomes males, females, veterans and the disabled or handicapped.
If a personal advert includes a TLA, it could be to describe the person who is seeking and/or the kind of person they seek; for example, an advert stating 'DLF for SJT' means that a divorced Latina female is searching for a single Jewish transgender person.
You’ll often come across some confusing acronyms when you’re online dating, and one of the most common ones is “NSA,” which just means “no strings attached.” People who are looking for no strings attached want a casual sexual encounter without any sort of commitment.
The Craigslist community does not maintain an authoritative dictionary of common terms, so you'll need to read the post or ad in its entirety to infer the abbreviation's context.