A guide to WFPB and other acronyms

BTW ICYMI, SAD is a questionable WOE. ISO a better WOE? FOK or WFPBSOS may be right for you.

Newcomers to plant-based chats sometimes feel lost and bewildered by acronyms and abbreviations for often-repeated short (and not-so-short) phrases. This tendency started long before the digital age with things like NATO, UNESCO, NASA, NAFTA, POTUS, FLOTUS, and SCOTUS. With internet chat came the emoticons and LOL, BRB, and other shortcuts. This glossary focuses on vegan / vegetarian / plant-based phrases, but I’ve included a few more that are useful. Just yesterday, after feeling like a clueless outsider for a few hours, I learned that F in a comment means Following, which puts the commenter in the loop for notifications. (I also learned that there is a better alternative to avoid clogging posts with too many comments. I’ll let someone else explain that.)

Here is a mini-glossary (a work in progress). Please feel free to comment on this page or send a note through the Contact page if there is something you want to ask about or contribute. You can search for all kinds of abbreviations at https://www.abbreviations.com/


  • FOK / Forks Over Knives (a book, a movie, a WOE, a website, a movement)
  • GFO / gluten-free option
  • HCLF / high carb low fat
  • MM / meatless Monday
  • SAD / standard American diet
  • WFPB / whole food plant-based
  • WFPBNO / whole food plant-based no oil
  • WFPBSOS / whole food plant-based salt-free, oil-free, sugar-free
  • WOE / way of eating
  • NO / no oil
  • SOS / salt-free, oil-free, sugar-free


  • BTW / by the way
  • FYI / for your information
  • ICYMI / in case you missed it
  • ISO / in search of