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What are all of these Paleo related acronyms and terminologies?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 01, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I see so many acronyms for different paleo related concepts. What do they all mean?

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:08 PM

N=1 (study with one participant; individual results)

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on May 27, 2012
at 06:23 AM

@David, it's like the opposite of happy. You know you have it when the corners of your mouth point down.

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on May 27, 2012
at 12:17 AM

The origin is from scientific literature where N=sample size. It is used to calculate (among other things) statistical significance

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:34 PM

That's a neat way to get votes, David :D. EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).

8a3fdcbbec724506de15c14bb6271264

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

NAD - Neolithic agents of disease

8a3fdcbbec724506de15c14bb6271264

(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

MCT - Medium chain triglycerides

8a3fdcbbec724506de15c14bb6271264

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

ZC - Zero carbohydrate

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(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

VLC - Very low carb

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on August 11, 2011
at 09:50 PM

VLC - Very low carb ZC - Zero carb MCT - Medium chain triglycerides NAD - Neolithic agents of disease NEFA - Non-Esterified Fatty Acid (free fatty acids)

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:25 AM

thanks! that's what I thought from the context, but couldn't understand the origin. Now it makes more sense :)

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on April 18, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Size sample: one person. So "tested" on one person although often used as a synonym for self-experimentation. For instance "My n=1 dairy experiment showed..."

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on April 18, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I could be mistaken - and I'm sure someone will correct me if I am - but I believe "n=1" means, well, you. Something that is completely anecdotal, and may not apply to everyone, or even anyone else.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I feel bad, I'll up vote it now :D

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I down voted this answer ironically ;D

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:26 PM

i think it was a teamwork effort of stephan g and dr harris. i think.

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Neolithic Agent of Disease, termed by Kurt Harris I believe (http://www.paleonu.com/).

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on December 19, 2010
at 07:00 PM

Thanks Paul! I thought I was missing a wiki somewhere on the site.

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on December 19, 2010
at 06:54 PM

Not sure I am responding to your question, Melissa, but as I see things "community wiki" is a *mode* of question or answer rather than a *place* to put questions or answers. You make your question/answer a community wiki if you want other people to be able to edit/add to it and if you don't want to get reputation points from it. (There's also a user named community, http://paleohacks.com/users/-1/community but that's a little different.) This question was still David Csonka's for example -- you can see it there if you go to his profile -- he just didn't get the points from it on his total.

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on December 19, 2010
at 06:35 PM

HWC comes from Starbucks, doesn't it? I saw it written on the side of my cup last time I was there. Haha!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 19, 2010
at 02:36 PM

This one had me confused for days before I finally googled it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 19, 2010
at 02:34 PM

WOE, thank you! That one didn't google for me!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 01, 2010
at 12:37 PM

T1/T2 - Type 1/Type 2 diabetes

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on November 01, 2010
at 12:12 PM

HG- Hunter Gatherer

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:37 AM

Neolethal- Poisonous Neolithic Foods and Environmental Factors- Adam Crafter

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:36 AM

Grok- our representative "Paleolithic Ancestor" see "What would Grok do?" coined by mark of marksdailyapple.com

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:35 AM

Primal- a loose paleo fit that includes cheese,butter, encourages more saturated fat promoted an coined by mark at marksdailyapple.com

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:29 AM

ZMA- Zinc Magnesium Aspartate

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(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:28 AM

Metcon- Metabolic Conditioning.(Endurance Training)

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(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:27 AM

CLA- Conjugated linoleic acid

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on November 01, 2010
at 11:25 AM

CLA, GF-Gluten Free

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:21 AM

Also SAD:Shitty American Diet? :P (I didn't know SAD before)

10034c23f65addc5735eb02a32448223

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:21 AM

Can you add Metcon? It keeps coming a lot in Robb's podcast..

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on October 31, 2010
at 09:11 AM

Never heard the first four. They are way too geeky :D

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on March 02, 2010
at 10:22 PM

CAD = Coronary Artery Disease

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:23 PM

Noted. Will edit

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on March 02, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Tiny correction: CHD = coronary heart disease (not cardiac), as it refers specifically to disease affecting the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. This is therefore a subtype of "heart disease" (probably the most frequent) and is the one related to atherosclerosis of the arteries.

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on March 02, 2010
at 04:40 PM

Oh and... MCT= Medium Chain Triglycerides LCT= Long Chain Triglycerides

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:17 AM

Great job David. Will create page for this later this week.

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on March 01, 2010
at 06:17 PM

Cool. I have been afraid to ask what SAD meant for the longest time. lol

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on March 01, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Yep. Great point. I will set up a definitions and terminology page.

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on March 01, 2010
at 04:37 PM

I think this question could become part of the website itself. Perhaps under the faqs?

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on March 01, 2010
at 02:07 PM

Please post your suggestions for terms as an answer. I'll try to compile the suggestions and keep a running list here. Try to vote this answer to the top to keep it visible.

Terms / Acronyms:


  • PUFA - Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
  • SAD - Standard American Diet
  • WAPF: Weston A. Price Foundation
  • IF: Intermittent Fasting
  • EM2: Evolutionary Metabolic Milieu (from the PaNu blog)
  • EPA/DHA: eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid, the two important forms of omega-3 fatty acids
  • ALA: alpha-linolenic acid, the less usable form of omega-3 fatty acids
  • SFA= Saturated Fat(ty Acids)
  • MUFA= Mono-Unsaturated Fat(ty Acids)
  • BBS= Body By Science
  • HIT= High Intensity Training
  • HIIT= High Intensity Interval Training
  • AGE= Advanced Glycation End-products
  • CLO= Cod Liver Oil
  • CW = conventional wisdom
  • CF = CrossFit
  • PB = Primal Blueprint (www.marksdailyapple.com)
  • WOD = workout of the day
  • CVD = Cardio Vascular Disease
  • CHD = Coronary Heart Disease
  • MDA = Mark's Daily Apple blog
  • HDL = High Density Lipoprotein
  • LDL = Low Density Lipoprotein
  • Pattern A LDL = Good, fluffy Large LDL particles
  • Pattern B LDL = Bad, small dense LDL particles sometimes noted at sdLDL for small dense
  • BG = Blood Glucose
  • FBG = Fasting Blood Glucose
  • "skinny-fat" One who has nearly ideal BMI yet has low muscle mass and too much abdominal fat.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:17 AM

Great job David. Will create page for this later this week.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:36 AM

Grok- our representative "Paleolithic Ancestor" see "What would Grok do?" coined by mark of marksdailyapple.com

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:29 AM

ZMA- Zinc Magnesium Aspartate

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:37 AM

Neolethal- Poisonous Neolithic Foods and Environmental Factors- Adam Crafter

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(361)

on November 01, 2010
at 01:21 AM

Can you add Metcon? It keeps coming a lot in Robb's podcast..

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:25 AM

CLA, GF-Gluten Free

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 12:12 PM

HG- Hunter Gatherer

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:27 AM

CLA- Conjugated linoleic acid

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:28 AM

Metcon- Metabolic Conditioning.(Endurance Training)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on November 01, 2010
at 11:35 AM

Primal- a loose paleo fit that includes cheese,butter, encourages more saturated fat promoted an coined by mark at marksdailyapple.com

8a3fdcbbec724506de15c14bb6271264

(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

VLC - Very low carb

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(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

NAD - Neolithic agents of disease

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(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:50 PM

VLC - Very low carb ZC - Zero carb MCT - Medium chain triglycerides NAD - Neolithic agents of disease NEFA - Non-Esterified Fatty Acid (free fatty acids)

8a3fdcbbec724506de15c14bb6271264

(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

ZC - Zero carbohydrate

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(435)

on August 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

MCT - Medium chain triglycerides

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:34 PM

That's a neat way to get votes, David :D. EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil) and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 03:08 PM

N=1 (study with one participant; individual results)

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on April 05, 2011
at 07:03 PM

RWP = Robb Wolf's Podcast ADE = Art DeVany's Ego PHQ = Paleo Hacks question GAM = Go ask Masterjohn DADV = Dumb answer down voted

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I down voted this answer ironically ;D

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on April 05, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I feel bad, I'll up vote it now :D

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 01, 2010
at 05:15 PM

  • SFA= Saturated Fat(ty Acids)
  • MUFA= Mono-Unsaturated Fat(ty Acids)
  • BBS= Body By Science
  • HIT= High Intensity Training
  • HIIT= High Intensity Interval Training
  • AGE= Advanced Glycation End-products
  • CLO= Cod Liver Oil

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 02, 2010
at 04:40 PM

Oh and... MCT= Medium Chain Triglycerides LCT= Long Chain Triglycerides

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on October 31, 2010
at 05:02 AM

PWO- usually means post-workout... most ?s are around this vs pre workout when it comes to exercise...

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on October 31, 2010
at 01:43 AM

WOE: Way of Eating

WOL: Way of Life

CED: Clean Eating Day

HWC: Heavy Whipping Cream

LC: Low Carb

VLC: Very Low Carb

ZC: Zero Carb (not actually zero, as meat and eggs have carbs, but commonly referred to as such)

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on October 31, 2010
at 09:11 AM

Never heard the first four. They are way too geeky :D

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on December 19, 2010
at 02:34 PM

WOE, thank you! That one didn't google for me!

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on December 19, 2010
at 06:35 PM

HWC comes from Starbucks, doesn't it? I saw it written on the side of my cup last time I was there. Haha!

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on March 01, 2010
at 06:12 PM

  • CW = conventional wisdom
  • CF = CrossFit
  • PB = Primal Blueprint (www.marksdailyapple.com)
  • WOD = workout of the day
  • DM = diabetes mellitus

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 01, 2010
at 12:37 PM

T1/T2 - Type 1/Type 2 diabetes

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on March 01, 2010
at 04:37 PM

WAPF: Western A. Price Foundation

IF: Intermittent Fasting

EM2: Evolutionary Metabolic Milieu (from the PaNu blog)

EPA/DHA: eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid, the two important forms of omega-3 fatty acids

ALA: alpha-linolenic acid, the less usable form of omega-3 fatty acids

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on November 01, 2010
at 12:37 AM

ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

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on March 01, 2010
at 10:02 PM

  1. CVD = Cardio Vascular Disease
  2. CHD = Cardiac Heart Disease
  3. MDA = Mark's Daily Apple blog
  4. HDL = High Density Lipoprotein
  5. LDL = Low Density Lipoprotein
  6. Pattern A LDL = Good, fluffy Large LDL particles
  7. Pattern B LDL = Bad, small dense LDL particles sometimes noted at sdLDL for small dense
  8. BG = Blood Glucose

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on March 02, 2010
at 08:23 PM

Noted. Will edit

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on March 02, 2010
at 10:22 PM

CAD = Coronary Artery Disease

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

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on March 02, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Tiny correction: CHD = coronary heart disease (not cardiac), as it refers specifically to disease affecting the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. This is therefore a subtype of "heart disease" (probably the most frequent) and is the one related to atherosclerosis of the arteries.

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on March 01, 2010
at 02:40 PM

SAD=Standard American Diet.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:21 AM

Also SAD:Shitty American Diet? :P (I didn't know SAD before)

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on December 19, 2010
at 02:36 PM

This one had me confused for days before I finally googled it.

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:53 AM

CHO carbon/hydrogen/oxygen (carbohydrate)
CRON calorie restriction with optimal nutrition
CSA community supported agriculture
GAPS gut and psychology syndrome
GF/CF gluten free/casein free
GI glycemic index
GL glycemic load
PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome
PHD Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet)
PSMF protein sparing modified fast
SCD specific carbohydrate diet
SIBO small intestine bacterial overgrowth

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:27 PM

GAPS is one I hear a lot as well

1
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on December 14, 2011
at 08:21 PM

FODMAPs = Fermentable Oligo-/Di-/Mono-saccharides And Polyols. (things which are generally bad for maintaining healthy gut flora)

1
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on June 24, 2011
at 01:09 PM

mTOR = Mammalian target of rapamycin

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on April 18, 2011
at 04:45 PM

JERF: Just eat real food

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on April 18, 2011
at 03:20 PM

YMMV - Your mileage may vary. :)

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on April 18, 2011
at 01:49 PM

I feel a bit stupid, as I feel I should know it, but what do people mean when they write about "n=1"? I kind of got a feeling from the context, but would want to know for sure.thanks :)

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on April 18, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Size sample: one person. So "tested" on one person although often used as a synonym for self-experimentation. For instance "My n=1 dairy experiment showed..."

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on April 19, 2011
at 02:25 AM

thanks! that's what I thought from the context, but couldn't understand the origin. Now it makes more sense :)

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(2081)

on April 18, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I could be mistaken - and I'm sure someone will correct me if I am - but I believe "n=1" means, well, you. Something that is completely anecdotal, and may not apply to everyone, or even anyone else.

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on May 27, 2012
at 12:17 AM

The origin is from scientific literature where N=sample size. It is used to calculate (among other things) statistical significance

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Anyone know "NAD"?

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:26 PM

i think it was a teamwork effort of stephan g and dr harris. i think.

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on April 05, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Neolithic Agent of Disease, termed by Kurt Harris I believe (http://www.paleonu.com/).

1
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on March 04, 2010
at 11:03 PM

VFF: Vibram FiveFingers barefoot shoes

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:51 AM

I think this is an awesome tool to be able to check in order to understand the threads here. Perhaps it should be available on the home page with a direct link, or even a glossary of terms, that way those that aren't "in the know" can quickly glance and then better understand what they are reading, whether a response to a question they asked or other thread.

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on May 27, 2012
at 06:15 AM

Can I just humbly request that we not all start over-acronyming just because we have a sweet new dictionary starting? I would hate to see esoteric posts begin to alienate folks who've come here looking for an open community to help them find answers; that would be antithetical to what we're all here for, I think. This is an incredible tool for inclusivity, which should ideally serve to make these ideas more accessible c:

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on March 02, 2010
at 04:36 PM

  • skinny-fat: One who has nearly ideal BMI yet has low muscle mass and too much abdominal fat.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 19, 2010
at 02:40 PM

I was super excited to have accidentally found this thread and it says it is in the community wiki, how do I see that? I looked in the FAQ and don't see a link.

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on December 19, 2010
at 07:00 PM

Thanks Paul! I thought I was missing a wiki somewhere on the site.

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on December 19, 2010
at 06:54 PM

Not sure I am responding to your question, Melissa, but as I see things "community wiki" is a *mode* of question or answer rather than a *place* to put questions or answers. You make your question/answer a community wiki if you want other people to be able to edit/add to it and if you don't want to get reputation points from it. (There's also a user named community, http://paleohacks.com/users/-1/community but that's a little different.) This question was still David Csonka's for example -- you can see it there if you go to his profile -- he just didn't get the points from it on his total.

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