Just a quick note today because I was surprised to find that not everybody knows this…
I was participating in an online debate, where I referred to the original poster (of the conversation) as OP, and he took offense. He felt insulted, until I explained the acronym to him and it ended well.
The acronym, OP, means either one of:
- Original post – the text that started the conversation.
- Original poster – the person who started the conversation.
I tend to use both definitions interchangeably, and one can normally tell which definition is applicable in context. (Actually I don’t know if the second definition is widely used, but most people seem to understand me when I write it.)
So OP is not a rude, impolite or insulting acronym. It’s just shorthand for the original post or the name of the person who originally posted the status/conversation/whatever. I suppose it could be considered less polite than tagging the person’s name, but there are times, such as when both of you are online and commenting every couple of seconds, that tagging the name is unnecessary. There are times when the shorthand is easier to use, so don’t be insulted when somebody calls you OP. It’s not an insult.