Geocaching Quick Quiz: Name that Lingo

Sometimes reading geocache logs can be as tricky as deciphering top secret super spy codes. Check the geocaching acronyms in the log book below. Can you decrypt this geocaching lingo?


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These are just a few of the gazillions of geocaching acronyms out there. Have you come across lingo not listed in this log book? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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  • 15Tango

    TNLN – Took nothing, left nothing. And a new one I just saw, DNSL – Did Not Sign Log on someone else’s cache. Of course, the CO deleted that log. I’m always tempted to delete any log that is just “TNLN, TFTC.” If I took the time and effort to scout out a location, get a cache container, seek appropriate permissions, write a cache page, and hide and maintain a cache, the least you can do is write at least one complete sentence – even “I hate your cache and I hate you and hope you die” is better than just “TNLN TFTC.”

  • Murazor

    KP – “Known Patent” A clever but previously seen way of hiding.

  • DangerousDale

    TNLNSL = Took nothing, left nothing signed log

  • slimshadysr

    LPC and M.I.S.T were excluded?

  • Mom4allseasons

    Of course there’s always DNF. I’m good at logging those!

  • Steve Bruhn

    How about FIGS = Found in good shape

  • Desertphreak

    XNSL – eXchanged Nothing Signed Log

  • Kevin klinger

    H.i.p.s. hidden in plain sight

  • Zargfinders

    SWAG – stuff we all get (swaps)
    WIG – wherigo

  • Henk de Roode

    JAOT Just an other tree 😉

  • WilkieWanderers

    MTT (multi-trunked tree) seems to be quite popular round where I am.

  • McBack

    What about
    NATSBOG (Not Able To Search Because of Geomuggles)
    But long time since I’ve seen it.

  • Demon999

    In Germany we always use TJ = Telephone Joker instead of PAF

    Just to complete the list 😉

  • Don Jag

    NRVC – No redeeming Value Cache. I made that up on the fly when I found a film can hidden on a trail full of ammo cans. The description said that it was hidden for no other reason than the fact that the CO found a 5′ buffer between the proximity limits of two existing ammo cans.

    SiaBC – Ship in a bottle cache. The body of the container is much larger than the neck, and of course, the log has expanded inside with absolutely no hope of getting it out in any thing but shreds..

  • Kevin Michaud

    PTC= Palm Tree Cache. 100 X worse than a LPC!

  • Bigguy In Texas

    Y.A.R.N. – yet another road to nowhere

    For those red and white wood or metal barriers at the end of roads that seem to be EVERYWHERE but make good places to hide caches!

  • Sylvia Ruiz

    TFTT=Thanks for The Trackable!

  • Tiek00n

    We tend to use SPOR for Suspicious Pile of Rocks. There are a lot of Lamp Post Caches nearby, too (or as I call the LPCs that Iv’e hidden: Lame Pathetic Caches)

  • ChyronJay

    If someone wrote, “I hate your cache and I hate you and hope you die” on one of my caches, I think I would immediately send that person a friend request and, if local, issue an invite to dinner.

  • zarbi&zarbibird

    How about TFTS, thanks for the series.

  • Draghkar

    NINO – nothing in – nothing out
    TFTEC – Thanks for the Earthcache
    TFTE – Thanks for the Event
    UPS – unusual pile of Sticks
    MC – missing coin
    MTB – Missing TB

    And there are probably many more..

  • jevre

    AMIAT: another micro in a tree

  • Jollyjim

    Jollyjim . Lets not forget HAK—Hide a key!

  • SocaJam

    PI = poison ivy
    MKH = magnetic key holder (companion to HAK)

  • bigdigsmith

    A lot of this one around here, TNLNSL. (took nothing left nothing signed log) I guess they are like me and don’t have anything with me at that time to leave. A lot of my caching is done on my way to and from jobs. I do remodeling and service work so it take me all over Northern Virginia. That opens up a whole lot of caching,

  • Danley Shackelford

    FTF is possibly the most overlooked one…

  • farmer_bill

    can I tell you
    how much I despise nanos

  • pinkhamster

    UFO, unusual formation of objects (rocks or sticks).

  • Wendy

    In the desert we call UPS the Usual Pile of Stones

  • Norelkfiend

    That’s not fair to the computer illiterate who has never had any keyboarding experience. I know someone who caches only with friends who have downloaded caches so they have the general location. He hunts and finds caches, but cannot master the computer. TFTC is about all he can do. Besides, that’s better than a zillion cut and pastes ppl do when on power runs and such.

  • thengel

    In France, where I’ve just been there is MPLC – Merci pour le cache
    and there are lots of similar acronyms in every langauge I guess.

  • MnM

    There’s always ICT: Ivy Covered Tree (I hate them).

    It’s not an acronym, but Stickoflage refers to a pile of sticks used to camouflage a cache location.

  • Ray Bassett

    STF-Second to find

  • countrymatters

    TFTC I can just about cope with….just, only just. But I hugely dislike ‘Found on my holidays in Scotland’. Guess what! I placed the cache in Scotland; you’re not going to find it anywhere else. So, tell me what you liked about it, if anything; tell me that it’s safe and dry…anything except where it is. I know where it is.

  • The Steamhammer

    I have seen a few of these POP = Piece Of Pi** where * = s

  • familiemaas

    NINO = Nothing in, Nothing Out,
    almost the same as TNLN but easier to pronounce

  • xmarcsthespot

    GRF=guard rail fun

  • Poiterh Geocacher

    This one I use when I log a DNF (Did Not Find) TFTH (Thanks For The Hunt) followed by the Hiders Name

  • Phi

    In the North Wales area we have…
    BoT Base of Tree
    BoP Base of Post
    ToP Top of Post (usually in the rotting timber.)
    GP Gate Post, although some COs don’t know their GPs from their FPs (Fence Posts), or their gates from their Gate Posts.

  • Jennifer T

    CITO= Cache In, Trash Out

  • Kathleen

    Recently started seeing SLAMO, signed log and moved on.

  • geojo1

    In PA we use C&D cache and dash or P&G park and grab. GR is guard rail.

  • Repsov

    SSM. Sad, sorry, mess. A discription of a soaking wet log that is impossible to sign.

  • M&M Mousers

    Can we create an acronym for that? IHYD? Your post was just too funny – and I appreciate the sentiment. I try to post something when we go caching – even if it’s just a weather or muggle report.

  • woo woot

    I wish I was in your area so I could find your caches and tell you off! 🙂

  • RockRabbit73

    Well I can see why I didn’t know “ICT” !! You’d be hard pressed to find an ICT in the high desert of Nevada and certainly not enough of them to make it a common acronym! I’d never heard “YAPIDKA” but might use it – that’s a good one!

  • On-The-Loose

    Geopile! Our most hated caches. I understand why it is tough to figure out something different to say when you find 100 caches in one day. It’s still disappointing. We only have 30 hides, and those logs are really the only way we know what we have done well, and what needs to be improved on. Can you delete logs without deleting the find itself? Finds tell other geocachers that the cache is still in place. I love seeing that cachers from other countries, or distant parts of our country, have found my cache. It makes me feel like I’ve contributed to our sport.

  • brianweeks

    I can still read ROT-13, a few terms have gradually crept into my caching speech pattern over the last 6 years of caching and 12,000 finds! Zntargvp, abg va gur vil, FGBARF!

  • Stefanie Olsen Nordberg

    I would like to know if anyone knows what CWTW means? Around my area a cacher always puts this in their logs and I have NO IDEA what the heck it stands for…..Help a girl out please!

  • Peter

    “GWITA” (or “HNCM” in slovak) as for “Guess What I’m Thinking About” … for those idiotic mystery caches where the owner creates a “cipher” of his own and makes people guess what (or even worse – where) the cipher possibly could be.

    Well, I still have to introduce the “GWITA” acronym to the daily use. 😀