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Acronyms & Abbreviations
Compiled by Bill Samuel

Like everyone else, Quakers have their own set of abbreviations and acronymns they use. Many of these stand for Quaker organizations. Others are more generic.

This list is compiled mainly for the benefit of those using the various Internet forums devoted to Quakerism - email lists, Web-based forums and one Usenet news group. In addition to specifically Quaker abbreviations and acronyms, I also include some of the most common acronyms used in such forums by everyone. (Note: you may see these in either upper case or lower case on forums.) The latter ones are identified by being on a colored background.

The organizations whose acronyms are included are weighted towards those in the affluent world where computer use is most common, and towards the English-speaking world. This is because these are the most widely used in Internet Quaker forums. With the understanding that I do not intend for this list to be at all exhaustive, I welcome people to email me with suggestions of additional ones to add.

You can find Internet addresses for most of the organizations included in this list on the Friends (Quaker) Yearly Meetings and Broader Bodies on the Internet page. You can get an understanding of the role of the different types of Friends organizations on the Organization of the Society of Friends page. You can find Quaker Internet forums on the Quaker E-Mail Lists and Quaker Web Discussion Forums and Usenet Group pages.

AFAIK as far as I know
AFSC American Friends Service Committee
AVP Alternatives to Violence Program
AYM Australia Yearly Meeting or Alaska Yearly Meeting
BG big grin
BTW by the way
BYM Baltimore Yearly Meeting or Britain Yearly Meeting
BrYM Britain Yearly Meeting
CFSC Canadian Friends Service Committee
CYM Canadian Yearly Meeting
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region
EFCSW Evangelical Friends Church Southwest
EFI Evangelical Friends International
EFM Evangelical Friends Mission
EMES Europe & Middle East Section (of FWCC)
EOD end of discussion
F&P Faith and Practice
FAHE Friends Association for Higher Education
FAQ frequently asked questions
FCE Friends Council on Education
FCL Friends Committee on Legislation (a state version of FCNL)
FCNL Friends Committee on National Legislation
FCRP Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology
FCUN Friends Committee on Unity with Nature
FDS Friends Disaster Service
FGC Friends General Conference
FHA Friends Historical Association
FJ Friends Journal
FUM Friends United Meeting
FUP Friends United Press
FWCC Friends World Committee for Consultation
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IYM Illinois Yearly Meeting or Indiana Yearly Meeting or Intermountain Yearly Meeting or Iowa Yearly Meeting or Ireland Yearly Meeting
IYM (C) Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative)
IYM (FUM) Iowa Yearly Meeting (Friends United Meeting)
LEYM Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
LOL laughing out loud
M&C Ministry and Counsel
M&O Ministry and Oversight
MAYM Mid-America Yearly Meeting
MM Monthly Meeting
NCYM (C) North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative)
NCYM (FUM) North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Friends United Meeting)
NEYM New England Yearly Meeting
NFF New Foundation Fellowship
NPYM North Pacific Yearly Meeting
NWYM Northwest Yearly Meeting
NYM Northern Yearly Meeting
NYYM New York Yearly Meeting
OTOH on the other hand
OVYM Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting
OYM Ohio Yearly Meeting
PFF Piedmont Friends Fellowship
PhYM Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
PM Preparative Meeting
PMFJI pardon me for jumping in
PYM Philadelphia Yearly Meeting or Pacific Yearly Meeting
QCEA Quaker Council on European Affairs
QL Quaker Life
QM Quarterly Meeting or Quaker Men
QPSW Quaker Peace and Social Witness (Britain)
QRT Quaker Religious Thought
QTDG Quaker Theological Discussion Group
QUF Quaker Universalist Fellowship
QUIP Quakers United in Publications
QUNO Quaker United Nations Office
RSWR Right Sharing of World Resources
RMYM Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting
rolling on the floor laughing
SAYMA Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association
SCYM South Central Yearly Meeting
SEYM Southeastern Yearly Meeting
TIA thanks in advance
USFW United Society of Friends Women
USFWI United Society of Friends Women International
VBG very big grin
WYM Western Yearly Meeting or Wilmington Yearly Meeting
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
YM Yearly Meeting
YMMV your mileage may vary

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