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OP (4)

noun; other word formation type initialism
The original poster or creator in a forum thread on the internet, such as on Reddit.
 
This term is used to address or discuss the creator of the internet forum thread in the third person but can also be used to refer to the original poster or creator of a specific point in a comments section or part of a larger thread. It is frequently used in place of the creator’s username.
Etymology : This word is an initialism of “original,” meaning the first, and “poster,” meaning person who created the post. The first letters of each of these terms was used to create the word “OP,” likely to save time when typing on the internet. It can also be used instead of a username to keep from notifying the original poster with a reference to their name, or simply again to save time when typing.
Source : “I don’t believe OP wasn’t really trying to make that argument,” Reddit commenter, 11/3/19
Last modified: 11 December 2019


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