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Fandom Lexicon: U, V, and W

We’re in the home stretch now – only two more posts after this one! Today, we run through three letters at once. I’d love some more terms for V if any of you can think of some!

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Lexicon Entries Beginning with U:

Uke: In Japanese fandom, the uke character is the one who bottoms during sex. See also: seme.

UNF: Abbreviation for “universal noise of fucking.”

UTC: Abbreviation for “under the cut.” On social media platforms such as Livejournal and Tumblr that have “read more” functionality, UTC would mean there’s more information if you click the read more, referring to the dotted separation line as a “cut.”

Usenet: A collection of text-only discussion boards that fans used to communicate in earlier stages of internet development. The original usenet instance is closed, but the same structure exists on other providers today. Read more about Usenet.

UST: Abbreviation for “unresolved sexual tension: Refers to fanworks or source materials that contain perceived or actual sexual tension that is never addressed/satisfied. Less used is the abbreviation RST, “resolved sexual tension.” Read more about UST.

UwU: An emoticon of a cute face, indicating cuteness/fluffiness, often to a point of excess/annoyance. Popular with furries. Can also be used to refer to a cutesy manner of speaking.

Uwuification: The act of making something cutesy. This may be used positively or negatively; when it’s used negatively it’s generally to express frustration that something or someone has been made cute/sweet/innocent in defiance of their perceived “actual” canon characterization. Read more about UwU and uwuification.


Lexicon Entries Beginning with V:

Vine: A short video service; vine video compilations are still available on YouTube. Read more about Vine.


Lexicon Entries Beginning with W:

w/a: Abbreviation for “writing as.” An abbreviation used in writing circles when an author uses more than one name to write under and are public about doing so; especially common when an author has transitioned and some books are in an old name or deadname.

WAFF: Abbreviation for “warm and fluffy feelings.”

Wank: Originally slang for jerking off, wank has come to mean nonsense/rubbish in the UK, and from there, in fandom it’s come to mean trolling/drama/discourse that’s seen as pointless nonsense or just a term for such discussions in general. Using wank to apply to discourse generally implies that the person calling it wank considers it, essentially, pointless. Read more about usages of the term “wank” in fandom.

Wattpad: A writing platform used by some fan creators to post their writing, with monetization options and some shady language in their terms of service. Visit Wattpad.

Wayback Machine: Another name for The Internet Archive, a website that allows users to see older, archived versions of websites, including webpages no longer available elsewise/that have been deleted on their original servers. Named after Peabody and Sherman’s machine in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Visit the Wayback Machine.

Webring: A collection of discrete websites that are loosely affiliated with each other by a common purpose or theme, who agree to link to each other so users of one site might easily find the others. A fixture of the old web, when search engines were much less reliable. Joining a webring often involved an application process, and member webpages would include a graphic associated with the webring and link(s) to other member sites, in an order that’d loop (as in, visit next page -> visit next page would eventually take you back to the beginning), hence the name “ring” in the name. Read more about webrings.

Weeaboo: A usually derogatory term for a Western fan who is extremely into Japanese fandoms. Often shortened to “weeb.” Though it’s use was originally always negative, some people have assumed the name by choice and embraced it. Read more about the term “weeaboo.”

White Knighting: A behavior in which someone wants to be a white knight, so “rides to the rescue” of an underdog or oppressed group, and then continue to force their help others no matter how little their supposed benefactor wants the help – and then often getting upset that their help wasn’t more appreciated. Read more about white knighting.

Whitelist: A list of entities that are exceptions to a given rule, filter, or objection. Sometimes used to indicate that the entities on the list should be prioritized. Some social media platforms include “whitelisting” functionality; entering a term of the whitelist ensures you’ll see posts that include that term even if they’d otherwise be blocked because of other filters in use. See also: blacklist.

Whitewashing: When depictions of characters are portrayed as whiter than they are in their original iteration. Examples: lighter skin, anglicized names, white actors cast for BIPOC characters, erasure of culture, etc. Read more about whitewashing in fandom.

Whump: A genre in which pain, often gratuitous, is inflicted on a character or characters. Frequently paired with hurt/comfort. Read more about whump.

WIP: Abbreviation for “work in progress.”

WLW: Abbreviation for “women loving women.” A term for romantic/sexual attraction between women. See also: MLM, Sapphic.

Woobie: A woobie is a character one feels sorry for, sometimes with cause, sometimes without. To woobify a character is to take a character and remove everything that might make them morally gray, controversial, problematic, etc, and is similar to uwuification. Often used derisively when an individual feels sorry for a character for reasons that are a) not actually sympathy-provoking and/or b) not based in that character’s canon reality. Some people use woobification to mean imply feminization of canonically male characters or infantilization of characters of any gender. Read more about woobies.

World Heritage Post: 1. A Tumblr post that has achieved some level of consistent fame/infamy, such that references to it have entered common Tumblr vocabulary. 2. A post, regardless of applicability of the first definition, that has been reblogged and tagged by Tumblr user world-heritage-posts. 3. [Thing] Heritage Post is the same, but for [Thing], often a fandom or other popular thing (for example, there’s a blog that reblogs “boob heritage posts.”)

Writblr: The writing community on Tumblr. See [Thing]blr (pending).

Wuxia: A genre of Chinese fiction focused on martial arts. Read more about wuxia.

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