Key Survivalist Terms

Survivalists and preppers sometimes tend to use military acronyms such as OPSEC and SOP, and terminology common to the gun culture, but they also frequently use acronyms and terms that are fairly unique to their own lexicon. A few of these cross over with those used by Peak Oil adherents. Some key survivalist terms, acronyms and initialisms include:

Alpha Strategy: The practice of storing extra consumable items, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity.Ballistic Wampum: Ammunition stored for barter purposes.BOB: Bug-out bag.BOL: Bug-out location.BOV: Bug-out vehicle.Contrapreneur: Someone who foolishly invests in a declining market.Crunch, The: A general term for a major, long-term disaster.Doomer: A Peak Oil adherent who believes in a Malthusian-scale societal collapse.EOTW: End of the world.Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) – an extreme level of electro magnetic energy sufficient to burn out computer chips that may be caused by solar flares or by nuclear explosions above the earth. Such an event would disable the Internet, telephones, computers, and devices that rely on computer controls, including automobiles, the electrical grid, household appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, television, radio, etc.Goblin: A criminal miscreant.Golden Horde: The “anticipated large mixed horde of refugees and looters that will pour out of the metropolitan regions WTSHTF.”G.O.O.D.: Get Out of Dodge (City). Fleeing urban areas in the event of a disaster.G.O.O.D. Kit: Get Out of Dodge Kit. Synonymous with Bug-Out Bag (BOB).INCH Bag: “I’m never coming home bag” Designed to support the life of its owner indefinitely as opposed to other BOBs which are oriented torward sustaining life for a fixed length of time and perhaps an advantage if something unexpected happens.Pollyanna or Polly: Someone who is in denial about the disruption that might be caused by the advent of a large scale disaster.Prepper: A synonym for survivalist that has come into common usage since the late 1990s. Used interchangeably with survivalist much as Retreater was in the 1970s. Refers to one being prepared or making preparations.SHTF: Shit Hits the Fan. A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations.TEOTWAWKI: The End of the World as We Know It.WTSHTF: When the Shit Hits the Fan. A term used generically by survivalists to describe disaster situations.WROL:Without Rule of Law. Describes a potential future lawless situation of society.


About Paul Simard

I was born in 1955. I discovered my first personal computer in 1977 while in the U.S.A.F. I was hooked, but loved them too much to turn them into a job at the time. Now, it seems a good time to do that, but on my terms. So, here we are. I'll be writing about computer builds, OS and software installations, configurations on all, as well as commenting about the obstacles met and how I overcome them.
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