Text Messages From Open Water Swimmers


LOL, CU, UR, and all kinds of abbreviations, acronyms, emoticons, smileys, onomatopoeic and stylized spellings are used all over the Internet, in forums, emails and via text.

So what kind of English abbreviations and acronyms can be used or texted by triathletes or open water swimmers?

Here are a few:

  • RFC: or really freaking cold, real frantic chill, royal frigid cojones
  • dt: dead tired (How are you? Just finished swimming, dt…)
  • otb: on the beach (…meet us otb…)
  • sia: sea is angry (howz the water? rufwater, the sia)
  • bal: bumpy and lumpy (…how was the swim? bal…)
  • lab: lumpy and bumpy (…how was the swim? lab…)
  • titw: toes in the water (i.e., expected start time of a swim)
  • tits: toes in the sand (i.e., expected start time of a swim)
  • wc: whitecaps
  • bs: big surf
  • bw: big waves
  • ss: still swimming
  • jl: just landed
  • bat: brown adipose tissue or brown fat
  • dq: disqualified
  • dnf: did not finish
  • dns: did not start
  • irb: inflatable rescue boat
  • nl: no lifeguard
  • oab or onb: out-and-back
  • ptp: point-to-point
  • ice: in case of emergency
  • mpa: marine protected area
  • otl: over time limit
  • pow: Pool Open Water
  • rtf: round trip flag
  • got spyhopped: encountered a whale or shark
  • ufo: unidentified floating object
  • dust?: did you swim today?

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