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Many Scratchers use abbreviations for their projects instead instead of typing the whole word or phrase. Doing this is easier than typing the whole thing. Below is a list of some common abbreviations used on the Scratch Website.



  • AC: Art Contest; (An art competition in which multiple Scratchers create art for a chance to win the art contest).
  • ACC: Account; (a user's account).
  • AE/AEs: an Add Everything Studio.
  • AF/AFD: April Fools' (Day)
  • AFAIK: As Far as I Know
  • AFK: Away From Keyboard
  • AMV: Animated Music Video; (an animation to go with a song, such as a Music Video on YouTube).
  • AR: Art Request; (when a Scratcher asks another Scratcher to draw them art).
  • ASAP: As Soon As Possible
  • AT:
    • Art Trade (when one trades art with another Scratcher if the person agrees).
    • The Advanced Topics subforum.
  • ATM: At The Moment


  • BaG: Bugs and Glitches; (the discussion forum titled 'Bugs and Glitches').
  • BBCode: The markup language for the forums.
  • BRB: Be right back; (used when a Scratcher has to leave for a short amount of time).
  • BTW: By the way; used to introduce a topic that is unrelated to the current topic being discussed.


  • Ceebs/CB: Ceebee (a Scratch Team member)
  • CC:
    • Coloring Contest; (it is when a Scratcher makes a project with line-art in it, then Scratchers remix the project and color the line-art in. They compete against each other to make the best drawing).
    • Creative Commons, (the organization that constructs the license under which most of Scratch's user-generated content is governed).
  • CCE: Coloring Contest Entry; (an entry for a coloring contest).
  • Collab: Collaboration, when two or more users work on a project together.


  • DMC: Draw My Character; (an art contest in which the host provides Scratchers with a character that they have drawn. Participants have to draw that character).
  • DMCE: Draw My Character Entry; (an entry for a DMC contest).
  • DTA/D2A: Draw To Adopt; (an art contest where Scratchers draw a character made by another Scratcher to have a chance of winning that character)
  • DTAE: Draw To Adopt Entry; (an entry for a DTA contest).
  • DTIYS: Draw This In Your Style; (an art contest, similar to a DMC, where the host draws a picture and participants have to draw it in their style).
  • DTIYSE: Draw This In Your Style Entry; (an entry for a DTIYS contest).


  • F4F: Follow for Follow; (when a Scratcher ask to follow someone, in return a follow from them. Some scratchers disapprove of this practice).[1][2][3]
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Question(s)
  • FE: For Everyone; When a project is marked as FE, it indicates that it is suitable and appropriate for all Scratch users.
  • FNAF: Five Nights at Freddy's, a horror game that became very controversial, and is currently limited on Scratch.
  • FOR: Follow on request; when a user asks someone to follow them.
  • FPC: Front Page Curator; (someone who puts projects on the front page for a week).
  • FPCA: Front Page Curator Application; an application to be an FPC. Once the application has been shared, the Scratcher must add it to the Front Page Curator Applications studio.
  • FPCAH: Front Page Curator Application Help; (the studio in which Scratchers applying to be FPC can get help with making their application better).
  • FYI: For Your Information


  • GTG: Got to go/Gotta go; (used when a Scratcher has got to leave for any reason).



  • IDC: I don't care
  • IDK: I don't know
  • IG: I guess
  • IIRC: If I Recall/Remember Correctly
  • IKR: I know, right?
  • ILWID: I love what I do
  • IMHO: In my humble/heart's/honest opinion
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • IRL: In real life; (as in not on the internet or on Scratch).


  • /j: Joking
  • JK: Just Kidding


  • LLK: Lifelong Kindergarten
  • LOL: Laugh/Laughing out loud
  • LTL: Lyrics Taken Literally; (when a Scratcher creates a project with backdrops/sprites showing what music lyrics look like literally).


  • MAP: Multiple Animator Project; collaborative projects by many Scratchers that each contribute a brief animation to the project.
  • Mod: A Moderator
  • MNP: Multi Noteblocker Project; a collaborative project utilizing the Music extension by more than one Scratcher who each contribute a section of musical code to a finished product.


  • NFE: Not For Everyone; When a project is deemed inappropriate for the community but not severe enough to be censored or removed, it is marked as NFE.


  • OC:
    • Original Character; a unique character that has been created by a user in which they (or others if they allow it) can use in their projects.
    • Also stands for Outro Contest, a contest in which participants enter outros.
  • OMG: Oh my God/goodness/gosh
  • ONG: On God, used to express that you're telling the truth


  • P2See/P2S/P2C/Paddle: Paddle2See (a Scratch Team member)
  • PFP: Profile Picture
  • PG: Prize Giver in a competition
  • PI: Project Ideas forum
  • PMV: Picture Music Video; an AMV but with only art and minimal animation.
  • PPTBF: Propose Projects to be Featured; a studio the Scratch Team looks at to possibly feature projects


  • QaS: Questions about Scratch; the discussion forum titled 'Questions about Scratch'.
  • QnA: Questions and Answers; Scratchers ask questions about the host and the host answers some of those questions.




  • TBC: To be confirmed/continued
  • TBD: To be determined/decided/declared
  • TBH: To be honest
  • TiMaC: Things I'm Making and Creating; the discussion forum titled 'Things I'm Making and Creating'
  • TiRaP: Things I'm Reading and Playing; the discussion forum titled 'Things I'm Reading and Playing'
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • TYSM: Thank you so much


  • VAO: Voice Acting Order; when one asks for someone to voice act for their project. People can order stuff from shops on the Requests Forum and ask for VAOs.
  • VAR:
    • Voice Acting Request; similar to VAO.
    • Variables for short.


  • WIP: Work in Progress, also known as a draft; it is used when a Scratcher creates a project and shares it without it being completely done.
  • WIBD: What I've Been Doing, the section on a profile page on the far right
  • WIWO: What I'm Working On; a common abbreviation used by Scratchers in the What I'm Working On section of their profile.
  • WDYM: What do you mean
  • WSG: What's good; a term commonly used by Scratchers to greet each other in casual settings.


  • YK: You know; used to ask for clarification if someone knows something


  • @Username: the following text is directed towards the specified user, e.g. "@Username: That's a good point!"

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