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The Azeroth Rosetta Stone

The primitive language of the less evolved species you may encounter in groups and raids can be hard to understand. Inevitably this can lead to difficulties and confusion. However, fortunately for us an Azeroth academic (Professor O.P. Class) has  now unearthed an ancient stone tablet that sheds valuable light on the meaning of these archaic terms. I for one am convinced  that this will lead to far less frustration and wipes in dungeons and raids going forward as we will now finally be able to understand the grunts and basic utterances of a species that up until now has defied all understanding.

1. FFS–  Now this has long perplexed more sophisticated game players. For some time it has been taken as an expression of frustration and outrage. But oh dear. How wrong we were. It is actually a term of endearment- namely “Forever Friends Sweetheart” and if used directly at you it means you have done something for which you should be very proud indeed. You have performed well. The ideal response in this situation is to highlight the name of the person who said it & /hug them. It will go down a treat I assure you.

2. GTFO – We now know this means – “Go to fire opportunity.” It’s a shame we’re only just finding this out. It basically advises us to walk to any fire (or bubbling pool etc- the term has developed over time and now has a wider reference to any special surface area) that will be somewhere nearby and stand in it as long as possible. The Professor tells us that by doing so  you will receive a buff appropriate to your class or even – on occasion – a rare mount. Clearly this is an opportunity not to be ignored. From now on you need to start acting on this GTFO command as quickly as possible. Get in that fire and enjoy your reward.

3.Huntard – You are truly blessed if you have one of these in your group. In ancient times huntards were esteemed for their wisdom, strategic minds and military prowess. Only the truly gifted could ever hope to reach such heights. If you are called a huntard then you are playing your hunter class flawlessly. Do not be surprised if some people leave the group after calling you this –  it is simply that they do not feel deserving enough to be in your company. Forgive them.

4.l2p – This  one has puzzled many of us for some time. Its curious mixture of alpha and numeric characters has defied all explanation. But not anymore. We now know that l2p actually means “love to papa.” It is an odd colloquial term meant to compliment your family and heritage and to indicate that the speaker believes you are representing your ancestral line with skill and dignity. It is customary to bow in response to this (/bow) and then do a lap of honor around whichever room you are in – otherwise you will offend the speaker and bring bad luck onto your own descendants.

5.nOOb/nOObs/nOObz – This is a curious one. For some time we have wrongly assumed this referred to the object of the sentence  i.e. someone other than the speaker. However, we have now found out that the speaker is referring to him/herself when they use this term. Basically a player very unhappy with their own performance will exclaim “nOOB” (or some variant) in order to tell the group that they know they are playing badly, that they are deeply ashamed of themselves and they would very much like to be kicked from the group so that they can go to a remote forest and give themselves forty lashes. Oblige them please. It is cruelty to keep them in the group any longer.

So there you have it. An absolutely invaluable guide to several of the terms you will hear used in dungeons and raids. Understanding these terms and acting on the suggested responses will I assure you give you a dungeon run like never before.


9 thoughts on “The Azeroth Rosetta Stone

  1. Haha! As a druid I run into “OMG Healz” in dungeons sometimes, I take it as a “Wow! you’re totally awesome-sauce & I’m going to log right now & roll a druid just like you. I’me even going to name it Edenisawesome.” Yup, there he goes, he just logged in mid battle. He must really really like me.

    1. You’re exactly right I think. You’ve impressed them so much they’ve had to immediately go off to become just like you. It’s a huge complement!

  2. Haha, good read!

    You reminded me of this one that’s been floating around in the WoW forums for a while:

    AFK: Attack, fight, kill!! The healer is telling you to go pull mobs.
    WTF: Way to fight! The healer is applauding your tactical genius
    OOM = Out Of Mobs, go pull more

  3. Oh! Thank you for clearing that all up. I am thrilled to know I’m representing my ancestral line with skill and dignity. And now I know to /bow proudly back next time I hear l2p directed at me!

  4. Ah, yes, now “l2p” makes total sense! And if you’re really lucky, there’s even a boss in the game that will reward you with “Papa’s New Bag”. But only if you’ve accumulated enough “l2p” shouts from your peers.

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