This chapter is for 'TheRest', who wouldn't stop asking for a list of abbreviations. Here you are, I hope I didn't forget anything. (If I did, feel free to tell me.)
Another very important part of the 'Merlin' fandom are the abbreviations, acronyms and synonyms.
Because all around the world people are getting more and more lazy, some genius (read: idiot) decided that typing out complete sentences is far too much trouble. Therefore abbreviations.
Someone who is not familiar with all the abbreviations that exist amongst the fanfiction authors will be lost sooner or later.
Therefore, my dear reader, I now present you a list with the most important abbreviations you need to know in order to find your way through the 'Merlin' fandom.
WARNING! This list might actually be informative! (At least a teensy little bit.)
A/N: Author's Note. Stupid, unnecessary things no-one needs to know. Often used in a horrible attempt at humour.
Arwen: Arthur/Gwen, pairing. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly. NOT to be confused with 'Arwen', the character from 'The Lord of the Rings'!
AU: Alternate Universe. In an Alternate Universe, the only thing that connects the story to the TV show are the characters' names and appearances.
BAMF: Bad A** Mother F*cker. Actually meant as a compliment. Means the character is awesome, heroic and undefeatable.
BDSM: BD = Bondage, SM = Slave/Master OR Sadism/Masochism. Hardcore-p*rn.
Canon: antonym of AU. Canon means that the story actually takes place in the same time and location as the TV show.
CD: Character Death. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly. NOT to be confused with 'Compact Disk'. (You know, those shiny round things with a hole in the middle and music on them.)
Chp(t): Chapter. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Crack: Nonsense. A story that gives you the suspicion its author was astronomically high during the writing process.
DLDR: Don't Like, Don't Read. A fair warning to all those who hold their brain cells dear.
Dom/Sub: Dominant/Submissive. More hardcore-p*rn.
Drabble: Short story. A story that is about 100 words long.
Dub-con: Dubious Consent. Not rape yet, but – well – dubious. (Hello, Captain Obvious!)
Fav: Favorite. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Femslash: See Pairings: 'Het and Slash'
Fic: Fanfiction, story. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Fluff: Romantic nonsense. The story usually has no other aim than to make the reader sick with it's sugary corniness.
Gen: General Audiences, antonym of slash. A story that has no homosexual (or any other sexual) content.
H/C: Hurt/Comfort. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly. NOT to be confused with 'haemochromatosis'. (Why do I get the funny feeling that half of you just googled this word?)
Head Canon: Something in-between AU and Canon. Takes place in the time and location of the TV show, but deals with different themes.
Het: Heterosexual relationship. See Pairings: 'Het and Slash'
Hiatus: Put on hold. A story that is on break and might not be finished in the foreseeable future.
IC: In Character. Used to claim that the character traits of the protagonists are fitting the actual characters from the show.
IDOM: I Don't Own 'Merlin'. Disclaimer, used to prevent a lawsuit for calumny from the BBC.
Lemon: Story with sexual content. Refers to the face the readers make whilst reading the story: Like they bit into a lemon. (FunFact: every time I read 'lemon' in a summary, I think of the 'Impossibru' face. Yep, that's me in all my brainless glory.)
M/A M/M G/A G/M etc.: Pairings. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly. Usually, the author doesn't even bother to write who the 'M' stands for, since there are so few characters whose names start with an 'M'.
Mergana: Merlin/Morgana, pairing. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Merthur: Merlin/Arthur, pairing. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly. NOT to be confused with 'murther'.
MxM (FxF): Homosexual Relationship (Male/Male or Female/Female). For those who want to skimp on letters, because 'MxM' is two letters shorter than 'Slash' and 'FxF' five letters shorter than 'Femslash'.
Mpreg: Male Pregnancy. See Pairings: 'Mpreg'
Non-con: Non-Consensual. A synonym for rape, because if you write 'rape' nobody will read your story.
NSFW: Not Safe For Work. A story that has so much questionable content that it is inappropriate for the public eye. And I'm not talking about the "Fifty Shits - I MEAN! - Shades of Grey" kind of inappropriate, I'm talking about the "YouP*rn" kind of inappropriate.
OC: Own Character. 99.45683% of the Own Characters are Mary Sues or Marty Stus.
OFC / OMC: Own Female / Male Character. Differentiates between Mary Sues and Marty Stus.
OOC: Out Of Character, antonym of IC. The character in the story behaves the complete opposite of the character in the show. NOT to be confused with 'Own Oafish Character'.
OS: One-Shot, short story. Story that consists of one chapter only. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
OTP: One True Pairing. If you don't approve of the pairing, don't tell the author. They might kill you.
OT3/OT4/OT5 etc.: One True Threesome / Foursome / Fivesome etc. Like 'One True Pairing', but with more Characters and usually far more disturbing contents.
p0rn: P*rn. Half-hearted attempt at 1337 to prevent Fanfiction from censoring the word.
Plotbunny: Very insistent idea. A story born from an idea that didn't stop to annoy the author and therefore was written down.
POV: Point Of View. The angle from which the story is told. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
PWP: P*rn Without Plot OR Plot? What Plot?. Stupid story with lots of sex and very little sense in it.
R&R: Read And Review. An attempt of the author to get at least one review. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
RPF: Real Person Fiction. A story in which the actors of the characters are the protagonists. Insofar dangerous as the actors could sue you for calumny.
RPS: Real Person Slash. Even more dangerous because the chance to get sued is higher.
S1, S2, S3, S4, S5: Series/Season. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Slash: Homosexual relationship. See Pairings: 'Het and Slash'
Smut: P*rn. Yet another word for sexual content.
Songfic: Story with lyrics. Very short stories that are made even more unbearable to read by inserting random lyrics that are supposed to fit into the context, but usually don't.
TBC: To Be Continued. Used as bottom line of a chapter that ends with a cliffhanger to taunt the readers. NOT to be confused with 'Tragically Brainless Character'.
Trope: Overused / Very popular plot device. A plot device that is used in so many stories it's almost considered canon, even though most of the time, there is no proof that this plot device is actually correct (e.g. "there's some important story behind Merlin's neckerchiefs").
UST: Unsolved Sexual Tension. Two characters who can't grow a pair of balls and admit their feelings. (My language is impeccable, don't you dare say otherwise.)
Whump: Hurting a character. Means that one or more characters are severely hurt – physically and/or mentally – within the story.
WIP: Work In Progress. A story that isn't finished yet. Used by people too lazy or stupid to type properly.
Yaoi: Homosexual p*rn. Originally from Japanese anime. Basically the same as 'Slash' and 'Lemon' mixed together, but the usage of foreign words makes you seem smarter.