Glossary of Terms - E-Type List

OTS - open two seater (convertible)
FHC - fixed head coupe
2+2 - 2+2 seat configuration (on a longer wheel base than FHC or OTS)
S1 - Series 1 (the 1961-68 models 3.8 and 4.2 liter 6 cylinder)
S1.5 - Series 1.5 (non-official designation for late S1 cars 1967-68 in the transition phase between S1 and S2)
S2 - Series 2 1969-71 (4.2 liter 6 cylinder models)
S3 - Series 3 1971-74 (5.3 liter V12 models)
IRS - Internal Revenue Service (oops - Independent Rear Suspension)
WW - Wire Wheel
SS - Stainless Steel (usually exhaust systems)
RHD - right hand drive (for people that drive on the right (left) side of the road )
LHD - left hand drive (the rest of the world)
LWB - Long wheel base (all 2+2's and Series 3's)
SWB - Short wheel base (all S1's and S2's that were not 2+2's)
Bodged - kludged up repair, IE: used 3 pounds of Bondo instead of straightening the dent.
PO - previous owner (as in, who really bodged up this car)
Bonnet - hood (covers the engine)
Boot - trunk (covers the spare tire, IE: only thing that fits in the boot of an E-Type OTS)
Hood - convertible top (covers the driver and protects them from the rain, yeah right.)

Internet Mail Terms

IMHO - in my humble (or honest) opinion
FWIW - for what it's worth
BTW - by the way
TIA - thanks in advance
YMMV - your mileage may vary
OTOH - on the other hand
RTFM - read the flippin' manual

When someone is unsure that people do not understand that they may be joking, they may use Smiley's or Emoticons. These are characters typed to indicate laughter, winking, etc. There are dozens of these in e-mail parlance. Put your head on your left shoulder to read these.

:-) - Smiley face
;-) - Same thing winking
:-( - Frowning
8-) - Smiling with glasses

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For more "humour" in a British vein, also check out, a collection of funny and sometimes very descriptive stories about our favorite British cars.

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Rev AUG 01, 1997 GWC