- AAM = Ask a Manager is a blog created and run by Alison Green, who regularly answers readers’ career questions.
- BHLDN = BHLDN, Anthropologie‘s wedding brand, offers dresses from designers like Anna Sui and Nicole Miller.
- C25K = Couch to 5K, a training program that can (gradually) turn couch potatoes into 5K runners.
- DINK = “Double income no kids.” Used to describe a household where both partners work and there are no children in the mix.
- DH = Dear Husband. As in, “DH and I haven’t had an LGP for a long time because he’s been working too much — what do you recommend?” Also sometimes used for referencing children — DC (dear child), DS (dear son), DD (dear daughter).
- ETA = Edited to Add, an abbreviation used to preface text that’s been added to a previously published comment.
- FWIW = For What It’s Worth, as in, “FWIW, I’ve always had good luck using Rent the Runway for formal events.”
- Having it all / Women can’t have it all = Refers to a well known 2012 Atlantic piece by Anne-Marie Slaughter (the first woman director of policy planning at the State Department), “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”
- IMHO = “in my humble opinion.” As in: “IMHO, you should definitely not do that.” Sometimes people will say IMO instead, meaning “in my opinion.”
- IIRC = If I Recall Correctly, as in, “IIRC, that sale ended yesterday.”
- Intern with a Birkin = refers to this post, in which Kat answered a question from a BigLaw intern in Singapore who wondered if bringing her Birkin (fabled handbag from Hermès, named after actress and singer Jane Birkin) was appropriate.
- JSFAMO = “Just say ‘fooey’ and move on.” What started as a quote from our resident troll, Ellen, has become a quick and easy acronym among commenters whenever it’s time to end a relationship, a job, or something else that is disappointing in life.
- KYO = “Know your office” — some things are appropriate in Office A, but inappropriate in Office B. It depends in part on what part of the country you’re located, what kind of office/industry it is, and more — but a lot of workwear fashion advice comes down to this important concept that you should know your office. Note that if you’re young/new in the office, you should wait to wear trendier, riskier pieces (which may be as simple as knee-high boots, peep toes, or bare arms or legs) until you see a superior do it first. If you fail to “read” your office and its fashion culture, it may speak negatively about your judgment — which may affect how much/the quality of work you get.
- Lady Day Coat = The classic Lady Day coat from J.Crew is a Corporette-reader favorite.
- LGP = “Lady garden party” — sometimes used to discuss sex in the comments section.
- Lucky Sizes = Indicates that only a few sizes are in stock for a certain item; if you’re lucky, your size will be one of them.
- MLBB = “My lips but better.” Often used when describing almost nude lipstick or tinted lip balms.
- The Moms Site = CorporetteMoms is often referred to this way in comments made on Corporette.
- NAS = Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (highlighted annually on Corporette).
- N.B. = “Nota bene.” As in, please note. This Latin phrase may be familiar to those of you who did law review or are otherwise familiar with academic journals.
- NGDGTCO = Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office = a book beloved by Corporette readers. Read an excerpt here from Lois P. Frankel’s follow up book, Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It.
- NROLFW = The New Rules of Lifting for Women — readers love this book! See our more complete discussion of lifting for women.
- NSFW = “Not suitable for work.” As in, “Here’s a hilarious YouTube video, but note — it’s NSFW.”
- O.G., O.M.G., T.T. = The O.G. (Overnight & Gym Bag), O.M.G (Overnight & Medium Gym Bag), and T.T. (Carryall Laptop Tote) are Corporette-reader favorites offered by Lo & Sons.
- OP = Original poster, used to indicate the person who asked a question that other readers have answered in subsequent comments.
- OTK = Over the knee, as in over-the-knee boots.
- SA = Summer Associate; a law student with a summer internship at a firm. Check out our 2014 summer associate series, which gives advice on ending an internship in a positive way, business etiquette and business lunch etiquette, what to wear to fun-but-wacky office functions and what to wear to your internship.
- The Skirt = The Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt from Nordstrom, a reader favorite. (Halogen is a Nordstrom brand)
- TJ = Threadjack; to start a discussion about a topic unrelated to the content of a post. For our Tuesday and Thursday midday posts, we ask that readers please keep their comments on topic.
- “TTC” – “trying to conceive.” As in: “DH and I have started TTC, and the LGPs are wearing me out.” (Wherever you are in your parenting journey, come check out CorporetteMoms — the pregnancy newsletter may be of particular interest to you.)
- TTS = True to size; in other words, the brand’s/designer’s sizing is accurate.
- YMMV = “Your mileage may vary.” As in: this worked for me, but YMMV — basically, the idea that what works for one person (or one body) doesn’t work for everyone.
- YNAB = Budget management software that’s been mentioned by many Corporette readers.
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can you explain the construct of 1L/2L etc? I have no idea to what that specifically refers–years in the job? in school?
Yes, I had to google this when I first started reading thiss!te as well. I also am still not totally clear on the definition of “BigLaw” other than “Big Name Law firm that requires crazy hours and pays crazy money”
Great idea, but why not just list the definitions right on this page? Ridiculous to have to wait for another whole page to load just to see a one-line definition.
Thirded. No need for an extra click – feels a little clickbait-y