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Old 01 May 2011, 04:48 PM
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Ponder Which internet content acronym was used first, NSFW or NFBSK?
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Old 01 May 2011, 04:52 PM
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From urban dictionary:

Origin: Circa 1998
At the message board, an obviously irate woman posted saying the other posters should watch their language, because there were British school children reading the message board. From then on, as a joke, the other snopesters started using NFBSK in place of swear words or in the subject lines of topics that might not be suitable for children (or the squeamish).
That's not the right story, though. No one irate ever posted.
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Old 01 May 2011, 06:03 PM
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Also, the first definition of NSFW on Urban Dictionary was posted in 2003, not 2005 - even though it was Word of the Day in 2005.

Still, if true (and what's truth without cites?) then that's still later than 1998... Surely there must be Usenet references for NSFW from earlier than 2003? The person who posted that definition was going by existing usage, after all.

And also, if you follow the link to NFBSK in Urban Dictionary, even though it references the incident from 1998, the definition itself wasn't posted until 2004 - so if we're using Urban Dictionary to decide (without checking the cites), NSFW wins.

Personally, I only started posting here late in 1999 and so missed the origins, but I can verify that NFBSK was an established term by then. Just like Svenska Limpa and "see you at the pool!"...

(eta) Sorry, I didn't notice that Urban Dictionary sometimes lists the definitions with the latest first. In fact, Dark Dan posted the first definition of NFBSK there on October 10, 2003. Which is still behind the first definition of NSFW (September 12, 2003), but not by so much.

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Old 01 May 2011, 06:04 PM
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And an entire generation of sexually frustrated British schoolchildren have a NFBSKing grudge against the Mikkelsons.
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Old 01 May 2011, 06:18 PM
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Fortunately I'd left school long before that, so any sexual frustration of my own must be down to other causes...

Urban Dictionary itself was established in 1999, which seems to be sufficiently prior to 2003 that it probably doesn't factor in which of the definitions was posted first. Although it's possible that it suddenly became more prominent in 2003 and lots of terms were added then.
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Old 01 May 2011, 06:23 PM
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I was a relative latecomer to the ULMB, but I seem to recall NFBSK being well-established by the time I'd gotten here.

NSFW, I just don't know, however.

But that is just the recollections of a woman in the midst of a fevered haze, so take it for whatever it's worth.
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Old 01 May 2011, 07:19 PM
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I do not remember my original join date, but I've been here quite a while. I think since late 1998? NFBSK was well established when I came on board. It took me a while to track down what it meant without asking. Asking even back then was rather frowned upon as it distracted from the conversation. It wasn't that difficult to track down what things meant if you really wanted to know. You just had to figure it out.

I vaguely remember a rather surly exchange snopes had with a newbie about the subject of the jargon and how welcoming/not welcoming the board was etc.
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