Friday, March 28, 2014

Reader Jargon Dictionary

So. I (Charli) was sitting in my chair and was thinking of how much jargon (for those who don't know: "special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand") we as readers actually have! So Tori and I have come up with a bit of a dictionary for you...

Fangirly/Fanboyish Jargon 

AHHHHH- a very eloquent term which is the first thing that comes out of your mouth when real words fail you whilst fangirling over a chapter, scene or ending of a book.

asdfghjkl- a term usually used online, very difficult to pronounce, and used commonly when someone mentions a shipping (see "ship") or event.

Book Boyfriend- a boy from a book that if was real, you would want to date. Many girls have many. Fanboys may also have book girlfriends, but I do not know.

BroTP- or Brother OTP (see "OTP"). A sort of ship but for a bromance, eg Johnlock (Sherlock).

*crying*- a pretty self explanatory term.

DYING HERE- see above definition.

feels- The feels are basically what infect you to say many of the above terms such as asdfghjkl, AHHHHH and *crying*.

*flappy hands*- We don't know if anyone except Tori and I do this, but we have this thing where we flap our hands about when we have feels........

NOTP- a ship you could NEVER ship, for example Snily (Snape and Lily) or Gale and Katniss.

OMG WHAT- this is one of my (Charli) most common pieces of jargon. I use it a lot. Pretty self-explanatory, it comes out at the ends of books or plot twists.

OTP- One True Pairing. Your favourite, canon or not, ship. Charli's are Scorose (Scorpius and Rose from HP) and Fourtris (Divergent) and Tori's is Jily (James and Lily from HP)

Ship- two people you want to be together in a book.

Sparkly Vampire- *cough* *cough* Edward *cough* *cough* less said the better.

<3 <3 <3 <3 - a series of hearts.

General Reader Jargon

DNF- Did Not Finish- you did not like this book and COULD NOT STAND IT ANY LONGER, so you "DNF" it.

Duology- a series of only 2 books. Normally heart-breakingly so.

Genres- types of book (or film or music or anything else really). Examples are fantasy, dystopia, contemporary and fantasy.

LGBT+- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender +. Obviously this is a general term, mainly for people, but is also a genre of book.

MG- Middle Grade. Basically the genre before "teen" and also known as "tween".

NA- New Adult. They say it's the category between Adult and YA (see "YA), but personally I think it's just the term for YA with lots of slightly older content.

POV- Point of View. In short, the point of view a book is from!

Protagonist- the main character in a book and normally the person the book is in the POV of or is focused on.

Standalone- a book that isn't a series. So, like, they stand alone on their own feet? I don't know, it's a way to remember it.

Trilogy- A series comprising of 3 books. Trilogies are very common in YA (see YA)

YA- Young Adult. A little maturer than teen, but not adult.

So that is our jargon dictionary! Did you like it?

What should be added? Let us know in the comments!


  1. This is AMAZING :D I can't even put into words how much I love this post, so I'm just gonna go asdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjklasdfghjkl
    -Gee :D

    1. HAHAHAHAHA thanks so much Gee!!! asdfghjkl <3


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