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Fandom Lexicon: M and N

Apologies that I missed last week’s Lexicon post, I was dealing with an unexpected family thing. On the plus side, as a result of my lack of screen time last Saturday, this Saturday you get a two-for-one, M and N! This post is extra long as a result, but there’s a lot of good stuff in these letters, including a few of my personal favorite abbreviations.

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Lexicon Entries Starting with M:

Malewife: A man who takes on a traditionally female/domestic role in a relationship. Often used in tandem with girlboss. Read more about the malewife meme.

Manga: Comics from Japan. Read more about manga.

Manhua: Comics from China. Read more about manhua.

Manip: A shortened term referring to a photo manipulation – a fancreation in which a photograph, screen capture, or other image from the source material is used as the base for a transformative work. Basically a synonym for a photoshopped image. Read more about manips.

Manwha: Comics from Korea. Read more about manhwa.

MAP: Abbreviation for “minor-attracted person.” A pedophilic dogwhistle. People who use this acronym are trying to equate pedophilia with kink or sexuality. Don’t be fooled: MAPs are pedophiles.

Mary Sue: An ideal woman/girl as perceived by the creator and/or consumer of a media. Pretty, talented, and intelligent, their flaws serve to highlight their perfection rather than as actual flaws. Mary Sues have the extraordinary ability to either kick ass or become the perfect damsel in distress as suits the narrative need. If a female character is considered “too perfect” by the audience, she may be considered a self-insert Mary Sue by critical viewers/readers/fans/etc. See also: Gary Stu. Read more about Mary Sues.

MC: Abbreviation for “main character.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the main or point-of-view character of a story. They are usually in a CP (couple) with the ML (main love interest).

MCD: Abbreviation for “major character death.” An abbreviation indicating that a main or major character dies in the media being referred to, though what counts as “main” or “major” can be open to interpretation. Also an archive warning on AO3.

MDNI: Abbreviation for “minors do not interact.” A specific type of DNI statement.

Mecha: Typically used to refer to large battle robots/war machines that human beings control. A popular genre in East Asian media that has also grown increasingly common in the rest of the world. Can refer to the robots themselves or to the genre of works that include mecha. Read more about mecha.

Meta: Overarching analysis of a piece of media including information external to the plot. For TV shows that might include discussing why specific props were chosen, or what an actor said about their performance in a scene; for books, it may mean discussing why the author chose to make the curtains blue. Read more about meta.

MFL: Abbreviation for “marked for late.” Users of Archive of Our Own can hit the “Marked for Later” button to place fics they want to read on list to browse later.

Microfic: A very short fic, usually not more than a sentence or two long. See also: drabble, ficlet, flash fiction.

Miette: A cat referenced in a tweet that went viral, now used as a common meme imitating the phrasing of the original tweet. Or: a cat who sent her mother to jail for one thousand years. Refers to a Twitter post by Patricia Lockwood. Read more about the Miette meme.

Mini-Bang: A collaborative creation fandom event in which authors write fanfictions  to fit a specified theme, typically no more than 10,000 words in length; artists then choose the work they want to collaborate on through an anonymized claiming process, and produce at least one art piece for. The fic and art are then published and shared out by the event runners on a pre-scheduled day. See also: big bang, creation challenge. Read more about mini-bangs.

Minotaur’s Sex Tips for Slash Writers: The title of a famous webpage by user Minotaur, a gay man, who offered tips from his point of view for people who weren’t gay men and/or didn’t have sex experience on how they could write m/m sex scenes more realistically. Read more about this famous (now deleted) post.

ML: Abbreviation for “main love interest.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the love interest in a story, as opposed to the main/point-of-view character, who is the MC. The MC and ML together are the CP, or couple, in a work.

MLM: Abbreviation for “men loving men.” 1. A term for romantic/sexual attraction between men. 2. Much less commonly in fandom spaces, it can mean “multilevel marketing.” Yet another example of the importance of context for understanding and interpreting abbreviations!

MMORPG: Abbreviation for “Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game.” Sometimes shortened to MMO. Refers to games like World of Warcraft and Everquest where players create characters and play through the game on servers that can host thousands of players at once. See also: MOO, MUCK, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MMORPGs.

Moe: A term used in Japanese fandoms that refers to having a crush, and/or to cute characters, in anime, manga, and other media. Read more about the term moe.

Monoshipper: Someone who has only one ship in a fandom. Not actually the opposite of polyshipping. A monoshipper usually has an OTP for a fandom, and will ship nothing else within that fandom, but may have different OTPs for each fandom they participate in.

MOO: Abbreviation for “MUD, object-oriented.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MUCK, MUD, MUSH.  Read more about MOOs.

MST: Abbreviation for “Mystery Science Theater.” Inspired by the show MST3K – “Mystery Science Theater 3000” – wherein a man and two robots trapped on a space station watched bad movies and mocked them, “to MST” became a verb for the practice of getting together in a group to roast a piece of bad media. Read more about MSTing.

MTF: Abbreviation for “male to female.” A way of referring to a transgender woman. Some people find this term offensive; others do not.

MUCK: Abbreviation for “Multi-User (C) Kingdom.” C variously can stand for: Chat, Created, Computer, Character, Carnal; CK can stand for “Construction Kit” instead – they’re all the same thing, it wasn’t originally an acronym so all the possibilities are retrofit onto the original term. An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MUCKs.

MUD: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Dungeon.” An old style of text-based online game, predecessor of MMORPGs. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUSH.  Read more about MUDs.

Multishipper: Someone who enjoys shipping a character with multiple different partners rather than sticking to just one pairing. Multishippers usually have multiple ships within the same fandom, as opposed to a monoshipper, who usually only has one OTP per fandom. Read more about multishipping.

MUSH: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Shared Hack.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUD. Read more about MUSHs.

Lexicon Entries Starting with N:

NaNo: Shortened version of NaNoWriMo, which stands for “National Novel Writing Month.”

NaNoWriMo: Abbreviation for “National Novel Writing Month.” This is both a time frame (November) and a hosted event in which writers are challenged to write at least 50,000 words on a single story concept in the month of November. The NaNoWriMo website has forums, tracking systems, and other resources for writers. Visit NaNoWriMo.

NB: Abbreviation for “non-binary,” sometimes written as enby. Someone whose gender identity does not fit within the socially constructed gender binary. Read more about non-binary gender identities.

NC-17: A US film rating indicating that no one under 18 will be admitted to a viewing. Although the rating was not originally intended for pornography, in fandom it is sometimes used to indicate that a fanwork contains explicit sexual content.

ND: Abbreviation for “neurodivergent.” A term used to describe someone whose mental or neurological function differs from normative standards. Read more about neurodiversity.

Net: Short for “network,” as in the word internet. In fandom, this is often used for fandom networks, as in “[nameoffandom]net.”

Nipplegate: A term jokingly used to refer to the Tumblr pornography ban of December, 2017, because of the mention of banning “female-presenting nipples” in the Terms of Service update. Has been used for other incidents in the past, such as a breastfeeding argument on Livejournal. Read more about Nipplegate.

No Beta, We Die Like [Character Name]: A common AO3 tag originally based on the bumper sticker “no air bag, we die like men.” It’s a joking way of indicating that the author didn’t use a beta, and usually integrates a character who died in canon.

No U: A cutesy way of turning a compliment back on the person who said it; may be used in other contexts too. (As in, “you’re awesome,” response: “no u”)

Non-con: Shortened term for “non-consensual.” As a general term, usually refers to non-consensual sex in all of its forms, but can be used to refer to other non-consensual acts as well, such as non-con body modification. Read more about the term non-con.

Nonnie: See Anon.

NoRomos: The opposite of a shipper. Originally coined in the X-Files fandom as a term for people who did not see Mulder and Scully as being in a relationship. Read more about the term “NoRomo.”

NoTP: Abbreviation for “no true pairing.” A ship that a person dislikes, or two people that the person believes should never, ever be together. A riff on the term OTP. See also: BroTP. Read more about NoTPs.

NSFT: Abbreviation for “not safe for Tumblr.” The tag Tumblr users created for explicit/adult content to circumvent the blocks on searching for explicit content instituted after December 2018. Unlike NSFW, the term NSFT isn’t necessarily blacklisted, so posts that use it may still show up in Tumblr tag searches.

NSFW: Abbreviation for “not safe for work.”

NTA: Abbreviation for “not the asshole.” See AITA.

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