I was breezing over threads on MMO-C while at work and came across one where a person seemed to be upset with the use of the DPS abbreviation for damage per second being used when groups are looking for damage dealers and believed they should be refereed to as DD as in, LF 2 DDs.
I never had a problem with it, even if I know DPS stands for damage per second, when I see someone post it in trade when looking for players. My mind reads it as damage dealers. Simple as that. Even when I first started the game when I was getting a handle on things seeing people seeking DPS never seemed odd to me. Maybe I can understand how it irks some people. I have my own issues with some of the terminology in game. And I have had my own misunderstandings on some terms over the years as well.
When I first started playing getting a handle on all these things was not really hard, but I never actually asked, I figured them out for myself over time. The first one I recall seeing and not quite understanding was the when someone said, Selling [Awesome Bracers of Awesomesause] pst.
What the hell does pst mean, I thought to myself. Kind of sounded like what someone would say when they were trying to get your attention in a quiet sort of way in real life, making a pst sound. Where they trying to get my attention with a pst? Did they notice that the pst attention getting sound does not translate well in a game? I would not go as far as to say it confused me, but it sure did not make any sense.
If I were interested in the item I would whisper the person. I would either ask them what they wanted or I would come right out and make an offer and see if we could negotiate. It was not so long before I figured out that pst stood for please send tell. I am sure in some game that made a lot of sense but in terms of warcraft wouldn't psw have been more accurate as in meaning please send whisper? The odd fitting term not actually fitting does not bother me however.
There were a few other things I had wondered about over time and many of them I still get a chuckle out of up to this day because even if I know what they mean I can not help but read them wrongly.
Like the first time I saw someone post in trade, lf healer for mara. Being I always capitalize the beginning of a sentence, yes even in game, I read that as an I and not a lower case l. So to me it read, if healer for mara, and I could not help but think, if healer for mara what? As if they never completed their question. If healer for mara gets silenced what do you do? If healer for mara can not be found can we do it without one? If healer for mara some question or another. Finish your thoughts person, ask your question already. It is annoying.
I still read it as that when I see it. I hate to make it sound like I am a dope, but when it comes to that, I was a dope. Every time I read that for the first few weeks I always read it as If and not lf. It was not until I noticed a few times someone posting it with caps, as in, LF healer for mara, then it started to click. It is L F and not I F. Ah, I got it now. But my mind, when people don't capitalize the lf still sees it as if and not looking for. This too never bothered me really, just a simple misunderstanding and a wish that people would capitalize things like that.
Then they are are some profession ones that can't help but be joked about when you see them. Like LF BS. Well, this is warcraft's trade chat and if you are looking for bull shit you have come to the right place. Or how about LF JC. It makes me want to ask them later if they ever managed to find Jesus Christ. Again, neither of these bother me.
But there are some things that do bother me, some words that will instantly turn me away from even talking to that person. Some terminology that bothers me.
Bads. That is one of the terms that bugs me. Using the group finder I see a lot of people with comments like "no bads" or "bads will be kicked" or things similar to that. I actively applaud their efforts and that seems like the type of group that will get stuff done. They will have no tolerance for bad players and will remove them right away. However the use of the word "bads" means I will never apply to their group, even if I do believe their group might have a good chance at success.
I find the term rude and insulting and up to interpretation. It is not something that can simply be judged by game play. The leader could find you bad because you do not know the strategy they use as you usually down it a different way, thus making you a bad. You could only be putting out 20K DPS and even if that is your maximum potential at your gear level and you are doing exceptional, they can kick you for being bad while you are in fact doing amazing. You could be healing your heart out and using every trick in the book, but because the DPS are dying to avoidable damage you are some how the bad and must be kicked.
So outside of being a rude and insulting term it is such an open ended term. If you want someone that can pull 30K HPS, ask for that. If you want someone that can pull 25K DPS, ask for that. If you want someone that normally does twins at the door, ask for it. Do not call someone a bad for not doing or knowing what you want them to do or know when you never told them what was expected from them. Hate to break it to people that use "bads" in their group finder description but if you use the term "bads" you are most likely the "bad" you are trying to keep out of your group.
Healz (with a z). This one I can not really say why it bugs me. Is healer really that many extra letters that it takes so long to type that you have to ditch one letter. LF 2 heals (with an s). I swear even typing it I feel dirty, and when I type it with a z I feel as if I lost a few brain cells doing so. Healers, healers, healers. They are not heals, they are healers.
This might be right up there with the guy getting upset over the use of usage of DPS instead of DD in terms of silly reasons to be irked by the use of a term but it does really ring a bell for me and it is a bell I do not like rung. I am sure we all have some weird things that bug us but this one is my one real weird one.
Over the years I have become more accepting of the term heals (with an s). There are times where heals fits. Like I need heals for my threes team. We could have downed that boss if we had some more heals. So it is understandable why people use heals as an abbreviation and I have come to terms with accepting it, some. However, when they spell it healz (with a z), all bets are off. That really gets on my nerves. Do you think it makes you look cool to use a z in place of an s? News flash for you, it doesn't, it makes you look partially illiterate.
Are there any terms in game you once did not know what they meant and have a funny story about them? Are there any terms in game that just annoy you, like DPS for that one guy and healz for me?