ISO LTR? GSOH? Online Dating Abbreviations and Acronyms

ISO LTR? GSOH? Online Dating Abbreviations and AcronymsIf you are new to the world of internet dating you have probably noticed many abbreviations and acronyms sprinkled throughout the profiles. These seemingly random combinations of letters can tell you a lot about an individual, but you need to figure out what they mean first. Here is a long list of the most commonly used online dating abbreviations and acronyms.

Learn these online dating abbreviations and you will be able to avoid those potential matches who are still LITPB (Living in their parents’ basement!).

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Ethnic Origins & Religious Beliefs

Many online daters indicate their race with an abbreviation. They use W for white, B for black, A for Asian, NA for Native American and H for Hispanic. Religious affiliation is indicated similarly. J stands for Jewish, LDS stands for Latter Day Saints or Mormon, and C stands for Christian.

Sexual Orientation

There are also online dating abbreviations that explain sexual preference. BI means bi-sexual, and G means gay. Usually, straight individuals will not use any special abbreviations to let you know that they are heterosexual.

Status & Lifestyle

Sometimes abbreviations can let you know a lot about someone’s background and lifestyle. A D on a profile usually means divorced. If they occasionally indulge in recreational drugs, they will let you know by putting a 420 somewhere in their description.

Social drinkers or light drinkers identify themselves with a SD or LD. If an individual does not smoke, they might let you know that fact by writing NS. Usually non-smokers indicate that they are seeking a fellow non-smoker.

Characteristics

In addition to letting you know a little bit about themselves, online daters use abbreviations to let you know what type of person they are looking for. HWP means Height Weight Proportional, indicating that they want someone who is reasonably in shape.

SI means that they want someone with similar interests. GSOH means good sense of humor, something that is necessary in any relationship. ISO means in search of. So if a dater writes MISOWGHOH, that means he is looking for a woman with a good sense of humor.

Not everyone on a dating site is looking for a long term relationship. If they are looking for a long term relationship, they will indicate that by writing ISOLTR. Sometimes people just want a STR, or short term relationship.

Others are looking for something even more serious. MM stands for marriage minded, so you should only contact that individual if you are ready for a very long term commitment.

Online daters even use abbreviations to let potential matches know what they like in the bedroom. BDSM or SM means that they are looking for some kinky sadomasochistic fun. One abbreviation that is showing up more frequently on dating sites is GGG.

This abbreviation, coined by sex columnist Dan Savage, means Good, Giving, Game, meaning that you are willing to indulge a partner’s fantasies, even if those fantasies might not be your exact cup of tea in the sack.

Think of these online dating abbreviations like little clues that need to be deciphered. Your prize for figuring out the puzzle might just be finding the love of your life. Here’s a list we’ve managed to compile from profiles we’ve seen and on various places on the web. If you know of any more then please let us know using the Comments form below.

Online Dating Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • A : Asian
  • ACA : All Calls Answered
  • AKA : Also Known As
  • AL : Animal Lover
  • AMLF : Asian Man, Latin Female
  • A/S/L : Age? Sex? Location?
  • B : Black
  • B&D : Bondage & Domination/Discipline
  • BAE : Before Anyone Else
  • BB : Barebacking
  • BB : Body Builder
  • BF : Boyfriend
  • BI : Bisexual
  • BIF : Bisexual Female
  • BIM : Bisexual Male
  • BIMF : Bisexual Married Female
  • BIMM : Bixesual Married Male
  • BDSM : Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and/or Masochism
  • BBW : Big Beautiful Women/woman
  • BHM: Big Handsome or Hunky Man/men
  • BHM : Bald Headed Man
  • BMW : Big Mexican Women/woman
  • C : Christian
  • C : Couple
  • CPL : Couple
  • CD : Cross-Dresser
  • CU : See you
  • D : Divorced
  • DBF : Divorced Black Female
  • DF : Drug Free
  • DDF : Drug and Disease Free
  • DOB : Date Of Birth
  • Dom : Dominant male
  • Domme : Dominant female
  • D/S : Dominance and Subminssion
  • DTE : Down to Earth
  • DTR : Define The Relationship
  • DWF : Divorced White Female
  • DWM : Divorced White Male
  • F : Female
  • FA : Fat Acceptance/Admirer
  • FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions
  • F2F : Face to Face
  • FFA : Fat Female Admirer
  • FS : Financially Secure
  • FTA : Fun, Travel, Adventure
  • FTTB : For The Time Being
  • FWB : Friends With Benefit
  • FYI : For Your Information
  • G : Gay
  • GAM : Gay Asian Male
  • GBF : Gay Black Female
  • GBM : Gay Black Male
  • GC : Gay Couple
  • GF : Girlfriend or Gay Female
  • GGG : Good at Giving Game
  • GHM : Gay Hispanic Male
  • GSOH : Good Sense of Humour
  • GTSY : Good To See You
  • GWC : Gay White Couple
  • GWM : Gay White Male
  • H : Hispanic
  • HNG : Horny Net Geek
  • HWP : Height and Weight Proportionate
  • IPT : Is Partial To
  • IRL : In Real Life
  • ISO : In Search Of
  • J : Jewish
  • JBY : Just Be Yourself
  • K : Kids
  • N/K : No kids
  • L : Lesbian
  • LD : Light Drinker
  • LS : Light Smoker
  • LDS: Latter Day Saints
  • LFG : Looking For a Group
  • LDR : Long Distance Relationship
  • LGBT : Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
  • LSA : Limited Strings Attached (similar to FWB with perhaps room for change later)
  • LTR : Long Term Relationship
  • M4M : Man For Man
  • M4W : Man For Woman
  • M4MW : Man For Woman and Woman
  • M4T : Male For Tanssexual/Transvestite
  • M : Married
  • M : Male
  • MBA : Married But Available
  • MBC : Married Black Couple
  • MBL : Married But Looking
  • MC : Married Couple
  • MM : Married Men or Marriage Minded (be sure to determine which!)
  • MNC : Married, No Children
  • MOTOS : Member Of The Opposite Sex
  • MWC : Married With Children
  • MTF : Male to Female (Transgender)
  • MW4M : Man and Woman For Man
  • MW4W : Man and Woman for Woman
  • MWC : Married With Children or Married White Couple
  • NA : Native American
  • NBM : Never Been Married
  • ND : No Drugs
  • NM : Never Married
  • NRI : Non-Resident Indian
  • NS or N/S : Non Smoker
  • NSA : No Strings Attached i.e. casual/adult relationships
  • PF : Professional Female
  • PM : Professional Male
  • POS : Plenty Of Fish
  • POSSLQ : Person of the Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
  • RL : Real Life
  • RTS : Real Time Sex
  • S : Single
  • SAF : Single Asian Female
  • SAM : Single Asian Male
  • SALT : Single and Loving It (shouldn’t that be SALI?)
  • SBF : Single Black Female
  • SBiM : Single Bisexual Male
  • SBM : Single Black Male
  • SCF : Single Christian Female
  • SCM : Single Christian Male
  • SD : Social Drinker
  • SGL : Single
  • SI : Similar Interests
  • SM : Sado Masochism
  • SO : Significant Other
  • SOH : Sense Of Humour
  • SOLA : Single Or Living Alone
  • SSBBW : Super Sized Big Beautiful Woman
  • SSBHM : Super Sized Big Handsome Man
  • STR8 : Straight
  • SWF : Single White Female or (Straight White Female)
  • SWM : Single White Male or (Straight White Male)
  • SWS : Sex Without Strings
  • T4M : Transgendered Looking For Men
  • TDH : Tall Dark and handsome
  • TG : Transgendered
  • TLC : Tender Loving Care
  • TS : Transsexual
  • TV : Transvestite
  • TYVM : Thank You Very Much
  • VBD : Very Bad Date
  • VGL : Very Good Looking
  • W : Widowed or White
  • W4M : Woman for Man
  • W4W : Woman for Woman
  • WAA : Will Answer All
  • W/E : Well Endowed (yeah – right!)
  • WLTM : Would Like To Meet
  • WTR : Willing To Relocate
  • Y : You (or Yours)
  • YO : Years Old

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