This is a glossary of various player terminology, seen in varying levels of usage among players. Since slang and acronyms are always being invented, along with new games, this list will never be truly complete.
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- 360: When the player spins 360 degrees, i.e. a full circle. May also refer to Xbox 360.
- 3arc: Treyarch.
- 402: Robert Bowling's nickname.
- Accolade: "Badges" awarded to players after matches for certain achievements (i.e. most kills, highest killstreak).
- Admin: Administrator.
- ADS: Aiming Down Sights.
- AEAE: All editors are equal.
- AfD: Articles for Deletion.
- AFC/AFK: Away from controller/keyboard, also known as idling.
- Aimbot: A program used by hacking that will automatically aim (and possibly shoot) at enemies with little effort. Using said aimbot will result in a permanent ban on the Steam network, PSN and Xbox LIVE. It is similar to the aiming program used by campaign NPCs and Black Ops multiplayer bots. Albeit less powerful.
- Alpha: The "A" flag placed on any given map in Domination (Alpha being the NATO phonetic alphabet equivalent to the letter A).
- Anon: An anonymous user.
- AR: Assault rifle.
- Auto Aim or Aim Assist: A default setting on consoles (which may be disabled in some games) that assists the player's aim by taking the aim to nearby near-center enemies when the player aims down the sights, and slowing the sensitivity when the player's aim is nearing an enemy.
- Ace: When one man standing in a Search and Destroy game kills every single enemy without help.
- BB: Short for Be Bold.
- Baby Gun: Slang for Shangri-La's 31-79 JGb215.
- Baby Monitor: Slang for the Heartbeat Sensor, is sometimes used to refer to the Motion Sensor.
- Balls to the Wall: Reckless playstyle.
- Banging: The act of hitting someone with a Flashbang, Nova Gas, Concussion Grenade, etc.
- BBL: Be back later.
- BEL: Behind Enemy Lines, a game mode in Call of Duty.
- Bravo: The "B" flag placed on any given map in Domination (Bravo being the NATO phonetic alphabet equivalent to the letter B).
- Blops: Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- Blops2: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- BO: Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- BO2: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Bolts: Slang for Bolt-Action Rifles.
- Boosting: The act of two or more players collaborating and killing each other repeatedly, usually to obtain kills/headshots/killstreaks or challenges without having to put in much effort, usually considered cheating. Can be reported for in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
- BRB: Be right back.
- Bush Wookie: Slang term for campers and/or users of a ghillie suit.
- Buff: An increase in the effectiveness of an item as the result of a patch.
- Callout: Stating the location of an enemy or group of enemies. Often aided by mentioning what tactic the enemy is using (sniper, dropshot, camping, etc).
- Campaign: The singleplayer story mode of the game. Can also refer to the separate (though still linked plot-wise) stories of the mode, for example the American campaign and the British campaign.
- Camping: The act of staying in one specific area of a map (usually a corner or a building) while waiting for enemies to come into visual range.
- Camper: A term used for someone who camps. Campers are disliked by many players who believe that the strategy is unfair.
- Cap: An abbreviation for capture the flag game mode. Also commonly used with regards to the act of capturing the opposing team's flag while playing.
- Charlie: The "C" flag placed on any given map in Domination (Charlie being the NATO phonetic alphabet equivalent to the letter C).
- Cheap scoper: An insult used against quickscopers.
- Cheating: The act of using unfair techniques to gain an advantage, such as hacking.
- Christmas Noob: Refers to the wave of inexperienced players who get a Call of Duty game on Christmas Day.
- Clutch: A situation in which a player makes a last stroke to win the match while losing by many points.
- Also used to refer to the act of the last player alive in a match of Search and Destroy winning a round by defusing the bomb while enemies are alive.
- Co-Op: Short for co-operation, a mode that requires two or more players.
- CoD: Call of Duty.
- Collateral: When the player gets multiple kills with a single sniper rifle shot.
- Cook: Holding a live grenade before throwing it; shortens the amount of time enemies have to react.
- Commando Noob: A player who runs around knifing (usually with the tactical knife attachment) with a Marathon, Lightweight and Commando Class setup in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- CT: Combat Training.
- Core: Non-hardcore modes.
- Crawler: A zombie who has had its leg(s) blown off by an explosion, resulting in it crawling (much slower movement), and as a result, giving players more time to do things such as upgrading weapons and build barriers without being threatened, but can be mistaken for dead zombies, and result in getting trapped. This term can also be used to refer to Crawler Zombies.
- CQC: Close quarters combat.
- DBAD: Short for Don't be a dick.. A policy on Call of Duty Wiki, which states that you should not try and start flame wars, trolling, etc..
- DDD: Short for Don't delete discussions. A policy on Call of Duty Wiki, that states that a user is not to delete any discussion on a talk page.
- De-rank: The act of a hacker or exploiter reseting a player's stats or levels. (Such as, reseting someone's level to no prestige level 1)
- DFTT: Short for Don't feed the trolls.
- Deagle: Short for Desert Eagle.
- Dedicated server: A non player-hosted server. This means it is hosted by the publisher(s)/developer(s) of the game.
- Demo: Short for Demolition gametype.
- Diver: Similar to dropshooting, a person who, upon seeing an enemy, dolphin dives and either knifes the enemy or shoots at his feet.
- DM: Deathmatch, a multiplayer game mode.
- Dolphin Dive: Slang for Dive to Prone.
- Dropshot: Going prone immediately upon encountering an enemy in close quarters combat in order to avoid gunfire while shooting.
- Elevator Glitch: A former glitch that caused the player to rise straight up into the air. Is considered a form of cheating by many.
- Exploit: Using something already present in the game for your own advantage, such as glitches.
- FA: Short for "Featured Article"
- FFA: Free-for-All.
- First Blood: Getting the first kill at the start of a match.
- Flamewar: A verbal war between multiple players/users. Commonly includes heavy insulting.
- Flaming: The act of cussing or insulting another user/player or a game with the hopes of starting an argument.
- FPS: First-person shooter or Frames per Second.
- Friendly fire: Shooting an ally. This can cause failure in single player and is a setting that can be enabled in multiplayer.
- GL: Short for Grenade Launcher.
- Grenade spamming: Excessive usage of grenades/Semtex with little or no actual aiming.
- GOML: Get On My Level.
- Glitch: A mistake, or error in the game, such as misaligned iron sights or non solid objects.
- GG: Acronym for 'Good game'.
- GWK: Game winning kill
- Hacker: Someone who alters the game's code, often giving them an unfair advantage. Highly frowned upon and a bannable offense.
- Hardscope: A nickname for the 'proper' use of a sniper rifle, as opposed to quicksoping or trickshotting.
- Head glitching: The act of using shoulder height cover to give a full view of target; whereas the target is limited to only a head to shoot.
- Hit marker: Sound and visual "x" referring to when a player hits another player by shooting, grenades, or equipment. The term is used when player's do not get a kill, although hit markers appear whether you get a kill or not.
- Host: The player running a multiplayer game for other players to join. Applies to console versions of Call of Duty games and to PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
- HQ: Headquarters.
- Holo: Holographic Sight.
- HUD: Head-up display. This is the on-screen overlay that shows information such as remaining ammo, match scores, the cross-hairs and the mini-map.
- HBS: Short for Heartbeat Sensor
- ID: Improvement Drive
- IRC: Internet Relay Chat, on Call of Duty Wiki often refers to the IRC channel.
- IRL: In Real Life.
- IW: Infinity Ward.
- Jug/Jugg: The Zombie perk Juggernog or Juggernaut.
- Jugs: A term used for the Juggernog perk in Zombies. Also a term for the Juggernaut in Modern Warfare 2 and 3.
- Jumpshot: Jumping around a corner or when encountering an enemy to evade incoming fire. Becoming a popular tactic in Black Ops 2 due to lowering stance briefly hampering accuracy (which affects dropshotting).
- K/D Whore: A derogatory term for players that focus solely on their kill to death ratio during objective based games.
- KD or K/D: Kill to death ratio. Mostly seen as the higher the more skilled player.
- K.I.A.: Killed in action.
- Killcam: The game-winning or final kill of the match, which is usually displayed for all members of the lobby to see.
- Killsteal: The act of killing someone that someone else was already trying to kill.
- Lag: Refers to either framerate lag or network lag. Network lag (or connection lag) is the delay between messages being sent over the internet. Framerate lag is when the FPS (frames per second) is low. Network lag often occurs with bad internet, and framerate lag is very common on slower PCs.
- Lag Switch: Cheat device designed to disrupt internet communication to the game server, causing all players in the match, aside from the user, to suffer high lag.
- LMG: Light Machine Gun.
- Longshot: The act of killing a player over a long distance (distance depends on weapon's range). A 'medal' is awarded to players that get longshots.
- Marty: Short for Martyrdom.
- M.I.A.: Missing in action.
- Mic (or Mike): Short for microphone.
- Mod: Can either refer to 'moderator' or 'modification'. A moderator is a person who oversees the activity of something, such as a forum. A game modification is when a part of a game is altered, normally resulting in an unfair advantage in multiplayer, but can also be used to make the actual game very different.
- Modded controller: A controller with a trigger that is modified to simulate rapid presses when held down, allowing the user to fire semi-automatic weapons as if they were fully automatic.
- MW: Stands for games in the Modern Warfare series, commonly with the game's number at the end.
- Nade: Short for grenade.
- NAT: Network Address Translation.
- Nerf: A reduction in the effectiveness of an item as the result of a patch.
- Newbie: A player that is new to the game and inexperienced, not necessarily used as a derogatory term.
- Ninja Defuse: Act of defusing a bomb a few seconds after an enemy plants it in Search and Destroy.
- Noob: A derogatory form of "newbie", usually used to insult new players and those who use easy and "cheap" tactics, such as camping or using the most powerful weapon available.
- Noob tube: Derogatory term used to express resentment toward grenade launchers which are relatively easy to use.
- No-Scope: Getting a kill with a sniper rifle by hip-firing.
- NPC: Non-playable character.
- Nub: Alternative for Noob.
- Nuke boosting: The act of boosting to be able to call in a Tactical Nuke or a MOAB.
- NUW: New User Welcomer.
- NVA: Short for North Vietnamese Army.
- Nam: Short for Vietnam.
- OMA: One Man Army.
- OP: Overpowered, or original post/poster.
- Overpowered: A weapon, perk, piece of equipment or another in-game item that gives a player a significant advantage over other weapons.
- Panic Knife: The act of instinctively, or purposely knifing an enemy extremely close to the player without thought.
- PaP: Short for Pack-a-Punch.
- Point Whore: The act of maximizing points obtained in Zombies mode.
- PSN: PlayStation Network.
- Pre-fire: Firing before you get into an engagement to catch an enemy off guard.
- Quickscoping/QS: An act where a player aims down the sights (mostly with a sniper rifle), stays scoped in for a second or less, shoots and scopes out. Used as an alternative to hipfiring to ensure the bullet goes to the center of the screen.
- Quad: Four kills in quick succession.
- Ragequit: Ending or leaving a game mid-way because of anger toward the game or current situation.
- Random Grenade: The act of randomly throwing a lethal or tactical grenade, usually across a long distance or obstacle, without actually seeing an enemy, trying to get a hit marker or kill.
- RCP: Recent Changes Patroller.
- Reload cancel: Cancelling a reload by momentarily sprinting, quickly switching weapons or meleeing before the animation is completed (but the gun is reloaded) to resume firing quicker.
- Ricochet Rules: Game mode which, in the event of a player friendly-firing at a team-mate, all damage will be returned to the player firing.
- RfA: Request for adminship.
- RfB: Request for bureaucrat.
- RfR: Request for rollback.
- S&D or SnD: Search & Destroy, a multiplayer game mode.
- Shrink Ray: A nickname used by many players for the 31-79 JGb215, due to its complicated name.
- SMG: Submachine gun or Sarah Michelle Gellar
- Spam: Excessive spraying of a high-capacity weapon or constant throwing of lethal and tactical grenades.
- Spawn camp: To camp at an enemy's spawning point, hoping to getting easy kills.
- Spawnkill: To kill a player as they spawn or immediately spawned, often frowned upon.
- Spray & Pray: To aimlessly auto fire.
- Sysop: System Operator
- Stumpy: Nickname for zombies that have had their legs blown off, also known as a 'crawler'.
- Tac Insert or Tac: Short for Tactical Insertion.
- Tac Knife: Short for Tactical Knife.
- Tac Noob: A player who uses the tactical insertion excessively.
- Tango Down: Statement referring to the elimination of a target.
- TDM: Team Deathmatch.
- TI: Tactical Insertion.
- TK: Team Kill, also Throwing Knife (mostly on PC)
- Trickshot: Doing different actions such as weapon switching and random spinning, and eventually proceeding to trying to get a kill with a sniper rifle.
- Tryhard: A term used to describe a player who highly attempts to do well, usually with the help of the best loadout available.
- VC: Vietcong
- Wall Bang: The act of getting a bullet penetration kill.
- W.I.A.: Wounded in action.
- WaW: Call of Duty: World at War.
- Wonder Waffle: A slang term for the Wunderwaffe DG-2.
- XBL: Xbox Live.
- XP: Experience Points, a method of earning points through the game to level up.
- Zone/Zoning: Covering one particular area of the map in multiplayer, but continuously moving around in that area so that it does not qualify as 'camping'.