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Abbreviation & Acronym list - Collectors edition

bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
edited April 2021 in Collecting
There are an increasing number of acronyms and abbreviations in use on the forums. We've pointed members at other on-line lists in the past, but it looks like we may be starting to get ahead of them & maybe it's time we started & maintained our own.

I'd like this to be a community effort to populate and maintain it; I'll start, but please feel free to post suggestions below - the staff will review, edit & add where appropriate.

Initially I'm thinking of two versions of the list, tailored to particular interests - one for collectors (here) & one for builders (in building & techniques) ... we'll see how it goes, but it may be better in the long term to merge them, but lets just see how it goes :-)


BL - abbreviation for the on-line set & brick selling site Bricklink
B&M - Brick and Mortar (physical store vs online store)
B&N - Barnes & Noble
BS - an overused appreviation; traditionally used for 'Brickshelf', but commonly used for 'Brickset' as well
ELC - Early Learning Centre
Flea Bay - a mildly mocking substitution for 'eBay'
JL - John Lewis
LBR - LEGO Brand Retail Store
S@H - 'Shop at Home', the name of Lego's original on-line store, now called LEGO Shop Online
TLG - The LEGO Group
TRU - Toys'r'Us, a global toy retailer with both real-world stores & an on-line store
WHS - W.H.Smith, a chain of UK stores
WM - Walmart


AFFOL - Adult Female Fan of LEGO
AFOL - Adult Fan of LEGO
ANH - A New Hope (Star Wars Episode IV)
AOTC - Attack of the Clones (Star Wars Episode II)
ARSE: Assorted Random Sh*t Elements
BAM - Build a Minifigure
BNIB - Brand New in Box
BURP: Big Ugly Rock Piece
D2C - Direct to Consumer (LEGO Direct)
EOL - End of Life (Discontinued)
FBTB - From Bricks to Bothans (
GBP - Great Britain Pound
KFOL - Kid Fan of LEGO
MISB - Mint in Sealed Box
MOC - My Own Creation
MSRP (RRP) - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
NYCC - New York Comic Con
OFD - Off Fixture Display (A freestanding display in a shop)
OT - Original Trilogy (Star Wars)
OVP - Originalverpackt (Original Packaging)
PM - Private Message (Forum Email)
PAB = Pick a Brick
PF - Power Functions
Poly/Polybag - A set packaged in a polythene bag
ROTJ - Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Episode VI)
ROTS - Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars Episode III)
S&H - Shipping and Handling
SDCC - San Diego Comic Con
SEL - Shelf Edge Label (shelf edge price tag in shops)
SNAIL: Someone Not at All Interested in Lego
SNOT: Studs Not On Top
STAMP: STicker Across Multiple Pieces
TFOL - Teen Fan of LEGO
TPM - The Phantom Menace (Star Wars Episode I)
UCS - Ultimate Collector Series (subset of sets which are typically more advanced or detailed in building construction)
UPS - United Parcel Service
USD - United States Dollar
USPS - United States Postal Service
TCW - The Clone Wars (Star Wars Period / Cartoon)
TESB - The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Episode V)
VAT - Value Added Tax
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (Results May Vary)
SWAT - Star Wars Added Tax (Refers to the fact that Star Wars sets cost much more than a similar sized non licensed set would.)
DDDT - Dr Dave's Discount Threshold (30% off RRP)
TY - Thank You

Set Name Abbreviations

DA - Diagon Alley / 10217
DS - Death Star / 10188
DSII - Death Star II / 10143
EN - Emerald Night / 10194
IF - Imperial Flagship / 10210
ISD - Imperial Star Destroyer / 6211
MF - Millennium Falcon / 10179
MMV - Medieval Market Village / 10193
MVR - Mill Village Raid / 7189
QAR - Queen Anne's Revenge / 4195
CC - Cafe Corner / 10182
MS - Market Street / 10190
GG - Green Grocer/ 10185
FB - Fire Brigade / 10197
GE - Grand Emporium / 10211
PS - Pet Shop / 10218
SSD - Super Star Destroyer / 10221
TH - Town Hall / 10224
PC - Palace Cinema #10232
PR - Parisian Restaurant #10243
DO - Detective’s Office #10246
BB - Brick Bank #10251
AS - Assembly Square #10255
DD - Downtown Diner #10260
CG - Corner Garage #10264
BS - Bookshop #10270
PS - Police Station #10278

Theme Name Abbreviation

AC - Alien Conquest
IJ - Indiana Jones
LotR - Lord of the Rings
CMF - Collectible Minifigure
HP - Harry Potter
MBA - Master Building Academy
PoP - Prince of Persia
PotC - Pirates of the Caribbean
PQ - Pharaoh's Quest
SW - Star Wars
TLBM - The LEGO Batman Movie
TLM - The LEGO Movie
TLM2 - The LEGO Movie 2
TLNM - The LEGO Ninjago Movie
WV - Winter Village


  • Mars_Needs_LEGOMars_Needs_LEGO Member Posts: 23
    Could the abbreviated terms be alphabetized by category? It would make searching them much easier. Thanks!
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    ^ They were at one point. We'll get that straightened out...
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    MF is also now being used as Monster Fighters, as well as Millennium Falcon.
  • unkthebarbarianunkthebarbarian Member Posts: 27
    CCC said:

    MF is also now being used as Monster Fighters, as well as Millennium Falcon.

    That's not what i thought it meant! But i'm pertty old too, so i have to learn and un-learn some things. Lol!!
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I called someone an MF the other day and they smiled back and said "I'm the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    Maybe MNFT or MNF or something like that for Monster Fighters.
  • maquesmaques Member Posts: 96
    Theme - saw at a thread, took me some time to realize:
    TS - Toy Story
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I did the same thing the other
  • ptericpteric Member Posts: 156
    I dont get all the Abbreviation & Acronyms, just spell out the set it only takes an extra second or two. Same with just listing set numbers, spell it out will ya. Maybe some people just like to show off their expertise in Lego sets, I dont know. Just saying.
  • prof1515prof1515 Member Posts: 1,550
    pteric said:

    I dont get all the Abbreviation & Acronyms, just spell out the set it only takes an extra second or two. Same with just listing set numbers, spell it out will ya.

    Some people are lazy and don't like to type things out. Some are incapable of spelling correctly and thus abbreviations allow them to disguise their ignorance and/or illiteracy.

  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    Ha. I think putting the set number is worse. I'm constantly looking up the number to see what set people are talking about. At least put the # before it. Even then you still have to click on that set number. Yes, you are so much more educated than me because you know what 10182 is...oh wait I didn't put the :)
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I am now going to make it a point to spell out everything. There's nothing I hate more than a hypocrite and I dont want to be one :)
  • MorkManMorkMan Member Posts: 919
    ^Glad to know I am not the only one that has to look up those set numbers. I was getting a complex!
  • sidersddsidersdd Member Posts: 2,432
    SDCC - San Diego Comic Con
    NYCC - New York Comic Con
  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Member Posts: 696
    ^ SDCC - So (many) Disappointed Collectors Curse
    NYCC - No You Can't Come
  • maquesmaques Member Posts: 96
    Today's ran into: "MMB"
    (Monthly Mini Build)

    Additionally: Monthly Mini Model Build (MMMB)
  • BrickbaseBrickbase Member Posts: 100
    Still remember my first visit to the forums here, I didn't understand any of it.:-D
  • bigfanofnubigfanofnu Member Posts: 3
    What is MOCS?
  • binaryeyebinaryeye Member Posts: 1,831

    What is MOCS?

    MOCs would be the plural of My Own Creation.

  • kinobestew123kinobestew123 Member Posts: 10
    It needs adding to the list. I've just come into here to see what MOC stood for? I thought it was something to do with the Modular sets.
  • binaryeyebinaryeye Member Posts: 1,831

    It needs adding to the list. I've just come into here to see what MOC stood for? I thought it was something to do with the Modular sets.

    This is the thread you're looking for:

  • ChompersChompers Member Posts: 658
    edited February 2013
    "TMNT" (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) needs to be added to Theme Names
  • GrogallGrogall Member Posts: 159
    Shouldn't we add PC for Personal Computer? .....ooops Palace Cinema?
  • comicblastcomicblast Member Posts: 8
    EOL - retire/end of line
    EDB - Epic Dragon Battle
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    LR - Lone Ranger
    GS - Galaxy Squad
  • DrLegOBrickDrLegOBrick Member Posts: 68
    FARTS-Fire and Rescue Truck set
    CC-Classic Castle
    CT-Classic Town
    CS-Classic Space
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    edited November 2013

    CC-Classic Castle
    CT-Classic Town
    CS-Classic Space

    Are those really useful? A search for those terms on brickset doesn't reveal they are being used for what is suggested.

    CC is used for Corner Cafe or Credit Card
    CT is used for Connecticut
    CS is used for Customer Service

    I cannot see any references to those abbreviations referring to the themes.

    As an example, this thread is on Classic Space, and the phrase is used 26 times.

    No one has referred to them as CS, even in context of the thread being called Classic Space.
  • DrLegOBrickDrLegOBrick Member Posts: 68
    Sorry, I didn't realise that this topic hadn't been touched for a while. Sorry my post causes offence, I've seen the abbreviations used on other sites other than Brickset. Agreed, they are not used much, but as this was an Abbreviation and Acronym topic. Next time I won't post.
  • TheLoneTensorTheLoneTensor Member Posts: 3,937
    CCCC - CCC Correction, the inevitability that you will be corrected by CCC
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    It didn't cause offense.
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839
    It might have.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium Member Posts: 1,956
    I'm going to stick my neck out and say it would just be better just to merge all the acronym threads into one. There's always going to be overlap, and it would make sense to just have everything all in one place. Sure, there could be "Builders" and "Collectors" sections within that, but I think just having everything in one place would be much easier for people to find stuff, not to mention the mods having to manage two separate threads (assuming these are still updated?).
  • GalactusGalactus Member Posts: 260
    CCC said:

    MF is also now being used as Monster Fighters, as well as Millennium Falcon.

    It's also used as Minifig/Minifigure.
  • FoxyA19FoxyA19 Member Posts: 124
    edited March 2014
    This is a decent thread
  • FoxyA19FoxyA19 Member Posts: 124
    My favourite abbreviation is AFOL, I may start using that as a title when I write letters!
  • Bluefairy_56Bluefairy_56 Member Posts: 320
    When I first came on here I couldn't believe all the abbreviations. It's like text messaging someone in bulk....

    I agree, don't just add the number of the set, it's annoying as hell to have to look it up to see what you are talking about.

    I also agree, just write the name and number of the Monster Fighters Haunted House #10228.

    Honestly we don't care if you can't spell it, we will get what you mean, and so long as there are NO spelling and grammar police here, I don't care. I have a passionate hatred for people who constantly correct or point out when you made a mistake.

    It would be so much easier for us newbies to know what the hell you guys are actually talking about, without having to look up every other abbreviation. I came here to talk about Lego, not to learn to text speak.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,556
    Every hobby has some jargon or abbreviations that you need to know if discussing it. If someone uses the term jumper, should it be explained that this is (usually) a 2x1 plate with a single central stud every single time the term is used, or should it be up to the person that doesn't know what it is to find out.

    I use abbreviations, especially when typing on a phone as it is quicker. And virtually everyone that has genuine interest in the topic will understand them. It is nothing to go with being illiterate, ignorant or lazy.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Member Posts: 1,842
    I'm pretty sure the clone wars is already just called CW not TCW and do they sell Lego at the pound in great Britain 'cause that would be cool
  • bobabricksbobabricks Member Posts: 1,842

    I'm pretty sure the clone wars is already just called CW not TCW and do they sell Lego at the pound in great Britain 'cause that would be cool

    Oops! I forgot the currency in Britain is called the pound, I just had brain fart XD, it would be cool if they did sell Lego at the pound though idk why XD only sets that come with dogs tho or represent dogs :P.

  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,366
    I wanted to add that just using a set number as a reference drives me batty.... so many to remember, especially since TLG had a bad habit of reusing set numbers in the past.... especially the 3 digit set numbers.

    Few sets are as bad as 310.... there's 5 of them actually!! :-(
  • sidersddsidersdd Member Posts: 2,432
    RI - Research Institute / #21110
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515
    SSD means Super Star Destroyer.
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515
    What does mean OVP?
  • SuperTrampSuperTramp Member Posts: 1,021

    Original Packaging
  • TarDomoTarDomo Member Posts: 515
    @SuperTramp Okay so if the seller tells a set is New MISB OVP is it factory sealed?
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    ^It is assumed that the Lego set is factory sealed. Although, one's opinion on whether a set is mint or not is subjective. I never list any of my items as mint because I don't want the buyer coming back and arguing that the set isn't his eyes.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Member Posts: 5,561
    edited January 2018
    Worth noting that #75192 Millennium Falcon is now frequently referred to as the “MilF”.
  • PolyphemusPolyphemus Member Posts: 95
    ^ Short for 'Massive (set) I'd Like to Find'.
  • SkulhedmanSkulhedman Member Posts: 10
    TLBM - The Lego Batman Movie (hadn't seen that posted yet).
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