Camping & Survival

Quick Prepper Tip: How to Talk Like a Prepper

Cheaper Than Dirt Quick Prepper TipPreppers seem to speak their own unique jargon and have an acronym or term for a variety of items or different phrases. Getting started as a prepper is not too difficult. All you need to do is start planning what you might need if the unexpected happens. However, learning how to speak the language of an in-the-know prepper can be a bit more challenging, especially when you do not know some of the lingo. Here is a quick translation of the some of the most commonly used prepper language.

  • PREPPER—one who is preparing for a variety of different scenarios
  • TEOTWAWKI—The End Of The World As We Know It
  • SHTF—Sh%# Hits The Fan
  • FEP—Family Emergency Plan
  • PEP—Personal Emergency Plan
  • WEP—Workplace Emergency Plan
  • Bug Out—To get out of a safe location immediately
  • Bug In—To take refuge or hunker down in your own residence
  • BOB—Bug Out Bag (a bag with only essential items you need)
  • BOV—Bug Out Vehicle
  • BOL—Bug Out Location (predetermined safe place to hide or meet up)
  • GOOD—Get Out Of Dodge
  • GHB—Get Home Bag
  • FAK—First Aid Kit
  • EDC—Everyday carry (can refer to either everyday items you need to carry or your personal firearm)
  • MRE—Meal Ready to Eat
  • WROL—Without Rules of Law
  • NBC—Nuclear Biological Chemical
  • ANTS—Americans Networking To Survive
  • COMMS—term for way to communicate using devices such as walkie-talkies
  • FUBAR—Fouled Up Beyond Any Repair

This is a list of the most commonly used words or acronym’s preppers regularly use. Share your favorite prepper terms (keep it G-rated, please) in the comment section.


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Comments (17)

  1. Lancet:
    I never liked acronyms. Some people say you save time by not having to write a bunch of words, and it may be great for texting. Kids love it, but it’s ruining our written communication. It excludes people who aren’t in on the abbreviated language.

    We had a whole abbreviated lingo in the Marine Corps. C O D was close order drill, R H I P meant Rank Has It’s Privileges, WTF?! You get the idea. There were many others. I had a squad leader who could talk all day and never utter a coherent sentence. “Bug out” in the Marine Corps meant not doing something you knew you were supposed to do or having to evacuate an area ASAP!

    Thanks to the glossary linked to this article, my understanding of the term “Bug out,” in prepper speak is: “HAVING to leave an area.” It further implies taking everything with you that you’ll need to survive. Hence, the term, “bug out bag;” it carries your necessities. Depending on whether you’re prepared, or not, your immediate circumstances and where you are, I think that might be the last thing you’d want to do. But it never hurts to be prepared.

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