Planner abbreviations and acronyms


Acronyms are abbreviations that can be pronounced as words so NATO is an acronym but UN is an abbreviation.

  • 1PPD – 1 Page Per Day
  • 2PPD – 2 Pages Per Day
  • BO – Best Offer
  • Bump – the word bump (Bring Up My Post) means that the thread will move to the top of the page, thus bumping it up and taking it to the top of the feed. Stands for Bring Up My Post
  • Crickets – no one is replying to your post. Not an abbreviation or acronym but I couldn’t resist.
  • Cross-posted – means that you have posted the same thing in several different groups
  • CS – Chic Sparrow
  • DISO – Desperately in Search Of
  • EC – Erin Condren
  • EUC – Excellent Used Condition
  • FN – Field Notes Size TN
  • FOC – Free of Charge
  • F & F – Friends and Family (how you should NOT pay via Paypal)
  • GWP – Gift with Purchase
  • HG – Holy Grail (also called a unicorn)
  • Hobo – Hobonichi planner
  • ISO – In Search Of
  • JL – Janet Leather (by Van Der Spek)
  • KS – Kate Spade
  • LOL – Laughing out Loud
  • LMAO – Laughing my ass off
  • ONO – Or Nearest Offer
  • Orphans – Chic Sparrow TNs that have been returnned and are up for resale
  • PP – Pay Pal
  • PP – Passport Size TN
  • PPD – Page Per Day
  • RAK – Random Act of Kindness (a gift)
  • RS – Regular Size TN
  • Smh – shaking my head
  • TM – Touch Me by Van Der Spek
  • TR – Tomoe River Paper
  • Unicorn – not an acronym but means a rare item you really want
  • VAT – Value Added Tax – a type of sales tax used in the EU and elsewhere
  • VDS – Van Der Spek
  • WOTP – Week on Two Pages



And if you see letters and codes on the inside front cover of older Filofaxes instead of a name…..

They had model designations which look a bit like a code. You may see something like this (taken from an eBay auction I saw today): Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 9.43.56 PMWhat does this mean?

  • The first is a number denoting the number of internal pockets
  • The second are at least two letters denoting the type of leather from which the binder is made
  • The third letter tells you whether there is a fastener (no F = no fastener)
  • The last numbers tell you the ring size in inches.

So this binder has two internal pockets, is made of Moroccan Leather and has a fastener. Some examples of types of leather would be

  • BL – Bridle Leather
  • CL – Calf Leather
  • HL – Hide Leather
  • KL – Kid Leather
  • ML – Moroccan Leather
  • PL – Pigskin Leather
  • RH – Reindeer Hide
  • SH – Saddle Hide

There is sometimes a J next to the F (if there is one) for Jotter. And some plastic Filofaxes are have a V  or VR designation, possibly for Vinyl or Vinyl Rubber So, could you decipher the meaning of the designation below? Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 10.00.07 PM

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

9 thoughts

  1. Did they stop using codes, or do they still? Mine is a red filofax I bought in the early 90s. It shows filofax / personal carnaby / made in England.

  2. When did they stop with the codes? Or do they still use them. Mine is a red PM is bought in the 90s – filofax / personal carnaby / made in england.

  3. Five pockets, Calf Leather, with fastener, and 7/8 inch rings…?

    Thank you for this interesting post!

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