Wednesday, November 16, 2005

IM Shorthand for Monty Python Fans

Bonnie and I were talking about how it is sometimes hard to recognize what is meant by all the shorthand that is used in instant messaging. That's why there are websites like NetLingo. Of course, you can not really look up all of the abbreviations as they fly at you, but it sometimes helps when you are sorting it out later.

In the interest of making the world even more confusing, here are some Monty Python additions to IM shorthand:

MBH - My brain hurts!

NETSI - Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

ANFSCD - And now for something completely different

IALAIOK - I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay.

UCT - Upper Class Twit

SW - Silly Walk

VSP - Very Silly Party

POTT - Penguin on the telly (We have one. Don't you?)

HIWTRAC - Hello, I wish to register a complaint.

IASBOLIRIP - It's a stiff, bereft of life. It rests in peace. (Some young IMers say this of email.)

ALOTBSOL - Always look on the bright side of life

STMIAN - She turned me into a newt! (A common complaint)

IGB - I Got Better.

KWSN - Knights who say "Ni!"

NNNNN - Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni! Ni!

STIGTS - Stop! This is getting too silly!

That last one could be particularly useful for some IM exchanges. Have any other suggestions?


Anonymous said...


Amazing stuff. Kept me grinning throughout the article.

Now, I have to go back and watch all the episodes/movies again!

Robert G. in TX

Anonymous said...

A few you left out:

SN = Spiny Norman

IWNBTRIIS = I will not buy this record, it is scratched

MHIFOE = My hovercraft is full of eels

NNWW = Nudge, nudge, wink, wink

ANIAGAAW2ABB = A nudge is as good as a wink to a blind bat

N1TL = Number 1: The larch

SES&S = Spam, eggs, sausage & Spam

S^8 = Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam!

SYFGYT = Shut your festering gob, you twit!

INDY = I'm not dead yet!

HB = Hello, Bruce!

ARIT = Any rat in that?

ricklibrarian said...

Bruce, (rather Brian)

Those are good, too. I think I might actually use INDY and ARIT. Thanks.


The Shifted Librarian said...

ETAGQS = Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying

Has *always* reminded me of my days on the reference desk.... ;-)

ricklibrarian said...

I had a day like that just the other day. We didn't have any of the books the reader wanted.

Anonymous said...

IGB = I got better

Anonymous said...

These are great. Certainly one or more of the following could come in handy...

ILTHAAP = I'd like to have an argument, please
TINAAIJC = This is not an argument it's just contradiction
ICHFAGA = I came here for a good argument

Anonymous said...

RARA = Run away! Run away!

I just realized I had misremembered one of the lines I posted last week.

The T in SYFGYT is "tit", not "twit". I must've had TOTY on my brain.

Now, I shall taunt you a second time:

IFIYGD = I fart in your general direction!

YMWAH&YFSOE = Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.

SEK = Silly English ka-nigh-its!

Jane said...

IWMW - I waggled my wig!

ESIS - Every sperm is sacred.

AAFS - Albatros! Albatros for sale

IKWARPA - Immanuel Kant was a real piss ant...

BOYD - Bring out your dead!

I could do this all day!

Anonymous said...

IJAFL - It's just a flesh wound

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the good laugh.

MOSW = Ministry of Silly Walks

HNTM = He's not the Messiah
HJAVNB = He's just a very naughty boy.

(May be used together as HNTM,HJAVNB.)

Anonymous said...

VBC = Venezuelan Beaver Cheese? (from my favourite, the Cheese Shop sketch)

Anonymous said...

BP = Beautiful plumage
PFTF = Pining for the fjords

What a time waster, I could go on all day! I think this could be a new Flickr librarian trading card subset - librarians who are Monty Python fans!

Unknown said...

Wonderful, thanks for the lagh!
OITYWCATBP - Oh, I thought you were complaining about the bozuki-player
HFIOWDIAMOTTM - Heaven Forbid! I´m One Who Deligths In All Manifestations Of The Terpesikedean Muse
ANMGMSC - And Now My Good Man, Some Cheese!

AYSWEMM? - Are You Suggesting We Eat My Mother?
NRNR - Not Raw, Not Raw
WIDFABP - Well, I do feel a bit Peckish

ANFCD - And Now, For Something Completely Different

FFF - Finland, Finland, Finland

I could go on all day long:-)

jge said...

Mmh, very fine collection...

How about

RED - Romani eunt domum

And I don't know how the english version is, so I translated back from german, something like:

SDHACYA - Sit down, have a cake -- you ass?

ricklibrarian said...

MBH! I never expected such a response.

You will not believe this, but someone just asked me about the Spanish Inquisition! NETSI!

I guess we all belong to the VSP.

WIDFABP. Lunch time. Thanks to everyone, especially Bonnie and Jenny.

Anonymous said...

Two more, then I promise I'll stop!

E.5B = Eric, the half-a-bee

LOTAL! = Look out, there are llamas!

IYGTSHIGTPO = If you're going to split hairs, I'm going to piss off.

Three! Three more! Surprise, fear, ruthless efficiency ...

(The second one could actually come in handy for me, since there's a llama farm nearby. And llamas *are* larger than frogs!)

Anonymous said...

IND = It's not dead.

Anonymous said...


It's a fair cop but society is to blame.

Anonymous said...

We are the knights who say ni!

We demand shrubbery!

What is your favorite color?

Pansy! Pansy!

Sit on my face and tell me that you love me...

Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?

Help! Help! I'm being repressed!

Shoshona from Tacoma

abchick said...

NB= naughty bits

YLOYL= your lupins or your life

Just couldn't resist adding a couple more.

Anonymous said...

INDY: I'm not dead yet!

IDWTGOTC: I don't want to go on the cart.

WDHAL: We don't have a lord.

WAASC: We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune.

SGHTOL: She's got huge ... tracts of land!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful!!! My few additions to the collection..

BINDY--But I'm not dead yet.

BOYD---Bring out your dead.

WMWBTR--What Monster? Where? Behind the rabbit?

James from Tennessee

Anonymous said...

BMAS--Bring me a shrubbery!

or lengthen it to BMAS(AMIANO)--Bring me a shrubbery! (And make it a nice one.)

LIBR--Look! I'm being repressed!

OSIMC--Oh shit, it's Mr. Creosote!

WYGDSMT--What are you going to do, stone me twice?

Anonymous said...

C&STVIITS = Come and See The Violence Inherent In The System!

Anonymous said...

BIMOL=But it's my only line

H,GE,AWTB= Hello, good evening, and welcome to 'Blackmail'!

TASEB=That's a strange expression Bruce

TIALSS=This is a lingerie shop, sir.

AAAI= Adopt, adapt, and improve.

JAPOKTP= Just a pair of knickers then please
(These can be used one after the other!)

H,IWLTBAFLP= Hello, I would like to buy a fish licence, please.

W,ICUBC= Well, it's certainly uncontaminated by cheese

IBSD,IBSD= I bet she does, I bet she does.

COYP=Come on you pansy.

The list could just keep on going!

Anonymous said...

WLDDIO2PTGP = Well la di da, I'm off to play the grawnd piawneau

INSPBS = I'm not Sir Philip Bleeding Sidney

I was going to write

PFMB = Please fondle my buttocks

but I thought I wouldn't really want to use that one, so I will go for

HFB = Hungarian Phrase Book (this might be handy shorthand for describing certain patron encounters, as in "He must have been reading from the HFB!")

Of all those suggested by others so far, IFAYGD is perhaps the most useful.


DeltaYankee said...

Hmmmm, think I'll have a go

II- I'm Invincable!

YAL - You're A Loony

WAYGTDBOM- What are you going to do, bleed on me?

BSRRA - Brave Sir Robin Ran Away

ricklibrarian said...

I am overwhelmed by the response. Thanks to everyone.

Shouldn't Hungarian Phrase Book be HPB?

INDY, people keep coming. Welcome all new readers! NNWW, I think you'll like this.

Anonymous said...

BTAJAAHM = Bet that's a job and a half ma'am

Anonymous said...

Surprised someone didn't include this one yet:

(And now, the oral sex)


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Let's try that again.......

Going Crunchy said...


Ginger has that as her ringtone for me! Picture dancing librarians doing a high kick singing "Always look on the bright side of books." We're a sick bunch...... Shannon

Anonymous said...

LALTF - Llamas are larger than frogs
IOWT - It's only wafer thin!
IALAIOISANAIWAD - I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok, I sleep all night and I work all day
IBEHUFMSISDNUHAT - Ich bin ein Holzfaller und fuhl mich stark, ich schlafe das Nacht und hack am Tag
E - Ecky-ecky-ecky-ecky-pikang-zoom-boing-mumble-mumble

Haha! These are great!

Anonymous said...

Holy crap. I just sent a link to this to my whole family. You are a genius.

sigh... Monty Python (BOLIRIP). Best damn comedy ever invented.

Thanks for the laugh :D

Anonymous said...

No one has mentioned one of my favorites:

TBAS - 'tis but a scratch.

Anonymous said...