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missbug

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Terminology and acronyms
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:33:33 »
some folks at the June CCC Workshop were asking about a glossary/list for geocaching.

from wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching:

Terminology

There are various acronyms and words commonly used when discussing geocaching.

General:

    Cache – A box or container that contains, at the very least, a logbook.
    Geoswag – The items that can be found in some larger caches.
    Muggle – A non-geocacher that is in some way preventing you from finding a cache.
    Muggled - Being caught by a non-geocacher while retrieving/replacing a cache; also, a muggled cache has been removed or vandalized by a non-geocacher, usually out of misunderstanding or lack of knowledge.
    Smiley – A cache find. Refers to the "smiley-face" icon attached to "Found It" logs on some listing sites.
    BYOP – (Bring Your Own Pen/Pencil) The cache in question lacks a writing device for the logbook.
    CITO – (Cache In Trash Out) and refers to picking up trash on the hunt.
    CO – (Cache Owner) The person who is responsible for maintaining a cache, usually the person who hid it.
    DNF – (Did Not Find) Did not find the cache container being searched for.
    FTF – (First To Find) The first person to find a cache container.
    GPS – Short for Global Positioning System, also occasionally refers to the receiver itself.
    GPSr – Short for GPS receiver.
    PAF - Phone-A-Friend.

Logging a hunt:

    TFTC – (Thanks For The Cache) This is often used at the end of logs to thank the cache owner.
    TFTH – (Thanks For The Hunt or Hide or Hike) It shares the same purpose as TFTC, but can also be used when the cache was not found.
    TN – (Took Nothing) no trade or traveling item was removed from the cache.
    LN – (Left Nothing) no trade or traveling item was added to the cache.
    XN – (eXchanged Nothing) combines the previous two acronyms; nothing was removed or added.
    SL – (Signed Log) used when the participant visited the cache and signed its logbook.

Note: the various acronyms in this section are often combined in various ways, such as "TNLNSL, TFTC!"

Location description or hint:

    GRC – (GuardRail Cache) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    GZ – (Ground Zero or Geo-zone) refers to the general area in which a cache is hidden.
    ICT – (Ivy Covered Tree) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    LPC – (Light Post Cache) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    MKH – (Magnetic Key Holder) used in the description on the type of container used for the cache.
    PLC – (Parking Lot Cache) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    POR – (Pile Of Rocks) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    POS – (Pile Of Sticks or Stones) used in the description on where a cache may be hidden.
    UFO – (Unnatural Formation of Objects) a pile of material that obviously did not form naturally and is a likely cache hiding spot.
    UPS – (Unnatural Pile of Sticks) a piles of sticks that did not form natural and where a cache may be hidden.

Taoiseach

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Re: Terminology and acronyms
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 11:23:38 »
some folks at the June CCC Workshop were asking about a glossary/list for geocaching.

There's also GeoLex

http://geolex.locusprime.net/