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  • moriond
    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Well, the origins of PLO may be relegated to apocryphal status, but from henceforth we shall attribute it to dorayme.

    Thanks for clarifying, backpack!
    The earliest reference I can find to "PLO" used as "Purse Like Object" is a post by dorayme dated 01-12-2012 in the thread titled My Tom Bihn Family…erm, Collection, where a number of people posted group pictures of their Tom Bihn bags and accessories.

    Midway through the thread, jeffmac posted his "family pic", with the comment:
    Originally posted by jeffmac View Post
    It is just possible that my TB addiction has reached critical mass.

    ...well...of course...I don't actually own a TB Backpack yet, so...
    and dorayme replied:
    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    ahem, isn't that a packing cube backpack in Iberian under your F.O.T. and FoJ and other small organizer pouches on the right?

    nice collection btw
    [Since you've all read the Acronym Guide, you are aware that F.O.T. stands for "Friend of Tom" -- celebrated in a Blue, UltraSuede pouch. FoJ refers to a limited edition Fourth of July Pouch (Navy Ballistic Nylon with Red Trim) that was produced for orders sent in before the Fourth of July weekend one year.]

    Jeffmac responded with a plaintive appeal:
    Originally posted by jeffmac View Post
    Dorayme I thought you of all people would help me in that transparent little bit of self-justification!

    Really by definition, I guess the Tristar is a backpack as well.

    No more bags for Jeff...sigh
    And never one to let a fellow forum member down, dorayme came back with:
    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Well, you don't have any dedicated backpacks. You have other bags that just happen to be designed so well that they have backpack options. You need a dedicated backpack to round out your collection, and all around knowledge of various types of bags done TB style
    As a matter of fact, I don't see any totes in your collection, better add a Shop Bag in that backpack order as well!
    To which jeffmac happily replied:
    Originally posted by jeffmac View Post
    Now THERE is my TB enabler! Can I put you on the phone with my wife to explain that?
    And dorayme ended with the helpful comment:
    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Well for that matter, I see no Swifts or anything that resembles a PLO "Purse Like Object". . . Mrs. jeffmac NEEDS some TB, then she won't feel so bad when you add to the herd! Bear in mind, if you start her down this path, it may have irrecoverable consequences such as her deciding to occasionally borrow some of what used to be previously identified within jeffmac's family pic.
    Those of weak constitution, do not tread here.
    Before this thread, I recall that dorayme still spelled out "purse". Backpack discussed the possible use of many bags in their purse function before this -- and doubtless planted the idea for purse use of the Cafe Bags, Swift and Little Swift, Co-Pilot, and Kit in the minds of many forum readers in her earlier posts. But my recollection is that dorayme took the next step into making this an official forum acronym.

    Maybe someone else can find an earlier reference?

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  • Badger
    Well, the origins of PLO may be relegated to apocryphal status, but from henceforth we shall attribute it to dorayme.

    Thanks for clarifying, backpack!

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • backpack
    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Dangit, I was sure it was you, dorayme! Anyone, can we verify that backpack coined PLO?


    moriond? Anyone?

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    I can verify it was Dorayme, because I read it and I said to myself: "that's a mighty clever acronym, it is a perfect description of Tom Bihn accessories that can be used as purses but were not created for that purpose."

    I'll always remember my reaction to her first mention of it.

    I think it was about the Original Side Effect, Dorayme had done something mighty clever with it, which made it more of something that became a "purse like object."

    I do know that I started using PCSB because I found out it was a perfect inner pocket for the Swift and wanted to share with everyone who would listen.

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  • Badger
    Dangit, I was sure it was you, dorayme! Anyone, can we verify that backpack coined PLO?


    moriond? Anyone?

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • dorayme
    Oh Darcy, I cannot take credit for PLO. I thought it was backpack actually, but I cannot remember who coined the acronym. Thanks for posting this list. I can figure out the bags I own, obviously by my siggy, but a time a two I have had difficulty with others. This makes it easy!

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  • Darcy
    started a topic Acronyms Guide

    Acronyms Guide

    On the Forum, we use a bunch of acronyms for different products or objects. Many thanks to tpnl and others for suggesting that we create a guide to help members (both new and veteran) figure out what everyone is talking about! If you're wondering about one of them, please refer to the list below.

    NOTE: some of these acronyms are fairly standard, but others are for new products or have been suggested recently by forum members so they aren't really part of our forum vernacular yet. If we've missed something or you think a different acronym would be more appropriate, let us know and we will update the list periodically.


    3DOC - 3D Organizer Cube
    3DCOC (Clear Organizer Cube)
    3DMOC (Mesh Organizer Cube)
    3DFOC (Fabric Organizer Cube)

    A30 / A45 - Aeronaut 30 / 45

    BB - Brain Bag

    CB - Café Bag
    LCB (Large Café Bag)
    MCB (Medium Café Bag)
    SCB (Small Café Bag)

    COP - Clear Organizer Pouch

    COW - Clear Organizer Wallet

    CP - Co-Pilot

    CQPC - Clear Quarter Packing Cube

    DLBC - Daylight Briefcase

    DLBP - Daylight Backpack

    DOP - Double Organizer Pouch

    EB - Empire Builder

    EC - Everyday Cubelet (previously the TC - Travel Cubelet)

    FJN - Field Journal Notebook

    FOT - Friend Of Tom (forum members)

    FS - Freudian Slip

    GB - Grab Bag

    GWOP - Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch

    HsJ - The Hero's Journey

    LCB - see CB - Cafe Bag

    L12 / L15 / - Luminary 12 / 15

    LS - Little Swift

    LSB - see SB - Shop Bag

    MB - Maker's Bag

    MCB - see CB - Cafe Bag

    MF - Moveable Feast

    NFTD - Night Flight Travel Duffel

    OP - Organizer Pouch

    PCBP - Packing Cube Backpack

    PCSB - Packing Cube Shoulder Bag

    PD - Paradigm

    PG - Paragon GE PG Guide's Edition Paragon

    PLO - Purse-Like Object (credit: dorayme); can refer to any bag that one might use as a purse

    PU - Parental Unit

    RB36 / RB60 - Road Buddy (Duffel) 36 / 60

    S19 / S25 / GE S25 - Synapse 19 / 25 / Guide's Edition S25

    SA - Smart Alec

    SB - Shop Bag
    LSB / oLSB - Original Large Shop Bag
    SSB / oSSB - Original Small Shop Bag

    SC -Snake Charmer
    SSC - Small Snake Charmer
    LSC - Large Snake Charmer

    SCB - see CB - Cafe Bag

    SE - Side Effect

    SK – Side Kick

    SN22 - Synik 22

    SN30 - Synik 30

    SS - Stuff Sack
    TSS (Travel Stuff Sack)
    YSS (Yarn Stuff Sack)

    SSB - see Shop Bag

    T30 - Techonaut 30

    T45 - Techonaut 45

    TB - TOM BIHN (in reference to bags or the company and not Tom himself)

    TC – Travel Cubelet now known as the Everyday Cubelet

    TLSS - Travel Laundry Stuff Sack

    TS - Tri-Star

    TSS - see SS - Stuff Sack

    TT - Travel Tray

    WF - Western Flyer

    YD - Yeoman Duffel

    YSS - see SS - Stuff Sack

    ZG - Zeitgeist


    AS - Absolute shoulder Strap (yes, yes, ha ha ha; we won't go there, okay?)

    BC - Brain Cell
    VBC (Vertical Brain Cell)
    HBC (Horizontal Brain Cell)

    CC - Citizen Canine

    CIO - Camera Insert / Outsert

    CPF - Checkpoint Flyer

    FB - Founder's Briefcase

    GP - Guide's Pack

    GPLP - Guide's Pack Lead's Pocket

    GPLP / GPRP - Guide's Pack Left side Pocket / Guide's Pack Right side Pocket

    LMP - Lower Modular Pocket (for Smart Alec)

    PP - Pocket Pouch

    QAM - Quick-Adjust Messenger Strap

    SK - Spiff Kit
    SKD - Spiff Kit Deluxe

    UMP - Upper Modular Pocket (for Smart Alec)

    SG - Shadow Guide

    SZTSB – Small Zip-Top Shop Bag

    LZTSB – Large Zip-Top Shop Bag
    Last edited by G42; 08-24-2021, 07:18 AM.