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FAF and Other Furry Terminiology ("What is 'Baawing'?")

BoxOrphan

New Member
Hiya. This is my first furry community and I just joined yesterday. Can someone tell me what the terms are that people on the furry communities are using and what they mean? The only ones I had heard of before were "yiff", "babyfur", "brony".
 

BoxOrphan

New Member
Out of all the terms in the furry fandom "Yiff" is by far the most popular, and the most gross. Furries are disgusting. ._.

I agree, but that brings up another question. Why do I see so many anti-furry statements on FAF? I thought this was a furry community. Are there different defined groups of people on FAF, and the common "furry" is just one of them or something?
 
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Deleted member 82554

Guest
You see, one of the biggest issues with the fandom is keeping track of all the different subcultures, since nowadays there is a subculture of a subculture. Furry tends to have a way branching off and integrating into almost anything. But as far as anti-furs go chances are they're part of the "Nazi Fur" culture, or furries that have been in the fandom for far too long, realize the irony of everything and then self-destruct over it.

In regards to your OP, this might interest you.
 

BoxOrphan

New Member
But as far as anti-furs go chances are they're part of the "Nazi Fur" culture, or furries that have been in the fandom for far too long, realize the irony of everything and then self-destruct over it.

"Irony" irony? Or do you just mean the fact that furry fandom usually lacks dignity and good taste (largely because it begins in childhood and teenagehood when people lack dignity and good taste); and once those people have been around long enough, they actually realize these things? I've been an adult for years; but as much as I love intelligence, dignity, and good taste-- and know that there isn't much of it in these communities-- I still joined the community. Heck, I'm a babyfur. Though I think I've noticed recently that there is about as much dignity in babyfur culture as there is in any other subgroup-- that is, there is some very respectable dignity and a lot of no dignity.

On a side note, I've always worried about the stigma of my subculture, but the official "Don't 'Come Out' as a Furry" article on FAF helped me put things into perspective.

UPDATE: I read the page you linked to. It was helpful, but it didn't have everything. (I still don't know what "baaw" means. :p )
 
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WolfNightV4X1

King of Kawaii; That Token Femboy
"Anthropomorphic" it's Latin roots literally mean "with human form", this can be animals, treants, robots, though in the context of the furry fandom it means humanoid animals

"Fursona" A furry persona, very obvious and straightforward you probably new that

"Feral"- referring to animals drawn on four legs, as a normal animal would be. Can be given "anthropomorphic" (humanized) traits such as emotion and facial expressions, as is the case with toony feral rather than realistic

"Paw off" Furry euphemism for masturbation

"Murr" the sound of a Fox, related to eroticism, kind of an animal sound that says "that's hot!", furries might say something like "oh murr"

"Digitigrade" not exclusively furry, but a term meaning walking on the toes with ankles raised in air, as a dog or cat would. This is common in furdom though due to the way fursuits are built or how furries can be drawn. Conversely, furs can also be plantigrade, such as how humans or bears are built to walk.

"Scalies" referring to non-furred anthro animals, such as lizards, snakes, Dragons

"Peet" ...this is actually a more recent one I've noticed trending, it means "pawfeet"

"Awoo" Tbh I still don't even know

"Sergal" A common open original fantasy species created by Mick, it's something that looks like a cross between a raptor, shark, and big cat.

"Angel Dragon" an open original species which is a furry Dragon with feather wings

"Taur" similar to a centaur, a taur is a four legged animal but where it's head should be is a humanized torso, mostly furry anthropomorphic torso with feral body.

"Original species" speaking of, when a made-up fantasy animal is trending and is in use by many people, it's called an original species. Open species are more common and can be created or owned by anyone. Closed species require explicit permission or purchase from the artist

"YCH" Your Character here, when artists draw predetermined poses in and people purchase art to have the details filled in to look like their character

"Adoptable" When an artist designs a character for people to by

"Fursecution" An old term, it refers to the feeling or belief that outsiders or people not in the furry fandom are often attacking or have unfair prejudice towards furries, usually accompanied by an overly dramatic flair that is too paranoid about the state of the fandom

"Quadsuit" A fursuit built like a feral

"Partial" A fursuit that may only include head, tail, paws, and maybe sleeves. This is for furs who want to wear clothes.

"Furfag" A derogatory term, can be used in jest among other furs or can be used in vitriol by non flurries. The usage most likely depends on the context of the user declaring it.

"Normie" an outsider to the fandom, someone who would likely be clueless to furry culture, norms, habits, and ideas and would be most likely to experience culture shock.l
 
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Yakamaru

Level 32 Knight
Community? Yes, this forum is a "community". The main FA site is a "community" in a sense. The rest of the fandom is not.

We do not have anything binding us. Literally the only thing we have in common is liking anthros. There is literally nothing more to the fandom.

As for "baawing", you tried Googling it?

Either it stands for Boston African American Women, Break-up At A Wedding, or it's the sound someone makes when they are dissatisfied. Not sure which one to pick yet. They are all good choices.. :p

I agree, but that brings up another question. Why do I see so many anti-furry statements on FAF? I thought this was a furry community. Are there different defined groups of people on FAF, and the common "furry" is just one of them or something?
The same way you will literally have as different and diverse people on any other forum, FAF is not exempt from this rule. In fact, it's more prevalent in the Furry fandom.

As for anti-Furry statements: Have any examples?
 

Filter

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Bawww:



An overly emotional reaction to furry drama or perceived fursecution.
 

Yakamaru

Level 32 Knight
Bawww:



An overly emotional reaction to furry drama or perceived fursecution.
Because words hurt. CLEARLY. :p

Furryfied words makes me cringe.
 

Pipistrele

Smart batto!
I agree, but that brings up another question. Why do I see so many anti-furry statements on FAF? I thought this was a furry community
Not really anti-furry, but more like "Stop embarrassing our fandom" mentality common for some of the users. Furry fandom in general is humble and reasonable, but has rather toxic "vocal minority" behind it that makes it look bad, from all the lifestylers who join it to satisfy their sexual needs, to literal psychos that eventually get arrested for something very, very unpleasant. That's why you see so many jokingly self-deprecating or downright jaded statements from time to time - as a fandom with lots of well-intentioned people that got eternally stuck in bad reputation due to some extremely unpleasant ones, it's prone to a healthy, ironic dose of "we suck lol".
 
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BoxOrphan

New Member
Not really anti-furry, but more like "Stop embarrassing our fandom" mentality common for some of the users. Furry fandom in general is humble and reasonable, but has rather toxic "vocal minority" behind it that makes it look bad, from all the lifestylers who join it to satisfy their sexual needs, to literal psychos that eventually get arrested for something very, very unpleasant. That's why you see so many jokingly self-deprecating or downright jaded statements from time to time - as a fandom with lots of well-intentioned people that got eternally stuck in bad reputation due to some extremely unpleasant ones, it's prone to a healthy, ironic dose of "we suck lol".

Yeah, alright! This answers my question perfectly. ^^
 

WolfNightV4X1

King of Kawaii; That Token Femboy
Let me know how facepalm you feel as a furry when conventions shut down because furries have sex publically on a lawn in public at night or babyfurs throw soiled diapers in parking lots and make general havoc.

Yeah, stuff like that can make it cringey to be part of the fandom, it's not bad, but we all know there are bad eggs that exist.

If anyone is a homestuck fan, a common trope among homestuck fans is to say "homestuck is shit!", this is usually because homestuck is long, drawn out, confusing, and the fans can be overly obnoxious at times and it cause non-homestuck fans to hate homestuck. Homestuck fans acknowledge this and in turn make self-deprecating jokes.



It's also common among anime fans and other fandoms to be self deprecating, has anyone not heard the "I am trash" jokes? Yeah, that's why, because being a weeaboo fag or a furfag makes you an outlier more likely to be judged, so you take it in stride.


So to all the newbies wondering why "anti furries" exist who are just furries, well, that's why. So relax, we're not really hating ourselves, we're being self aware of how we're perceived, understanding the flaws but still having a good time.
 

ChapterAquila92

Resident Bronze Dragon Kasrkin
Banned
Some old notes I made about three years ago.

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Anthro: (n) derived from anthropomorphic, a non-human creature (usu. non-humanoid) in a form that is capable of emulating human movement, intelligence and emotion; see FURRY; (adj) being of a form that emulates human movement, intelligence and emotion.
- Given some of the negative connotations given about the furry fandom, it is not uncommon for some furries to use this rather neutral term to circumvent any perceived stigma surrounding it.

Brony: (n) portmanteau of brother and pony, a fan of My Little Pony.
- a passing fad, bronies are looked at unfavourably amongst the furry fandom for various reasons. A rare case of discrimination within a fandom that contains and wlcomes, among other things, anthropomorphized mythological beasts and creatures from other established franchises like Pokémon and Digimon.

Diaper-Fur: (n) a furry with a preference towards anthros that either are infants or display infantile behaviour; an anthro that is either an infant or displays infantile behaviour, usu. depicted as wearing a diaper.
- A baby with a diaper is seen as cute. Anything older with a diaper is seen as sick and dying. Some especially perverted members of the fandom have used this niche as a front to amuse themselves with scat, if not to get away with child pronography.

Fat-Fur: (n) a furry with a preference towards anthros that are more wide-set than usual.
- Furries generally love soft things, and the members of this niche are no different. The grotesque and cartoony nature of weight gain and body inflation appeal to many fatfurs, and it is not uncommon that they will usually illustrate this to comical effect.

Feral: (n) a non-humanoid creature; (adj) being of a non-humanoid form.
- Your classic talking animal.

Furry: (n) an individual who self-identifies with the furry fandom.
- the fandom itself is a sub-culture in the the loosest sense of the word, with its members drawing from all walks of life and having different reasons for joining. One thing is for certain though - the vast majority of the fandom revolves around social media, in one form or another.

Fursona: (n) a persona (esp. depicting an anthropomorphic creature) specific to an individual identifying themselves with the furry fandom.
- Just like the people that create them, fursonas can change over time. The average furry goes through two of these over the span of their participation in the furry community.

Fursuit: (n) a body suit, partial or full, bearing the resemblance of an anthro; (v) to wear a fursuit.
- The hallmark of a stereotypical furry, experienced members of the furry fandom have stressed that the fursuit is not essential. Full-body fursuits also get incredibly hot inside when worn, not unlike a CBRN "bunnysuit".

Gijinka: (n) an anthro that is human in appearance save for minor animal features, esp. ears and tail.
- Prevalent in Japanese anime, usually played for further humanizing of an otherwise bestial species.

Hybrid: (n) a creature featuring the traits of more than one animal.
- Whether justified as being a genetic chimera, a magic experiment, the offspring of an interspecies pairing, or simply because it looks cool, hybrids are very popular amongst the furry fandom. The reason for this is unclear - it could be something synchretic with a deep meaning to the individual in question, or it could merely be superficial to them.

Macro: (n) an anthro of gigantic stature, usu. at least the size of a two-storey building; (adj) being larger than normal; GIANT.
- In the vein of Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever and thus ignoring the Square-Cube Law, macros tend to be ambivalent kaiju. Due to their size in relation to normal-sized anthros, some macros have been known to associate themselves with the vore fetish, especially since their typical prey consists of conveniently-sized morsels. The occasional paw fetish might also show up here and there.

Micro: (n) an anthro of diminutive stature, usu. the size of a small rodent; (adj) being smaller than normal.
- Micros are usually to normal-sized anthros what normal-sized anthros are usually to macros.

Military Fur: (n) a furry with a preference towards anthros that are portrayed in a military manner; an anthro that displays military behaviour.
- The vast majority of this subculture within the furry fandom either support or participate in military functions or historical reenactments.

Nazifur: (n) a furry with a preference towards anthros bearing associations with fascist ideologies, esp. Nazism analogues; an anthro associated with a fascist ideology.
- Easily the most hated niche in the fandom.

Otherkin: (n) a furry who self-identifies as being their fursona in human form.
- Otherkin are not endemic to the furry fandom; they can be found across other fandoms that support role-play, in which these poor individuals are subject to the extent that fantasy and reality are close to, if not already, one and the same for them.

Pegasister: (n) see BRONY.

Quad: (n) see TAUR

Scaley OR Scalie: (n) a furry whose species of preference is reptilian.
- Scaleys occasionally see themselves in a different light from the mainstream furry fandom.

Taur: (n) derived from centaur, an anthropomorphic creature whose body from the waist down consists of the body of a non-humanoid creature from the shoulders dwn. Suffix -taur

Therian: (n) a furry who intimately connects with their chosen fursona on a conscious or spiritual level.

Train: (adj) being of a form (usu. tauric) whereby the limbs and body is repeated in the manner of a centipede.
- I prefer to call such taurs "pedes" instead.

Were-: (prefix) derived from werewolf, a humanoid creature bearing the special characteristics of a lycanthrope.

Yiff: (n) erotic (esp. pornographic) material depicting anthros; (v) the act of anthros committing to sexual activity, usu. used derogatorily in place of FUCK.
- The unfortunate side-effect of Rule 34 of the Internet, a lot of the stigma and controversy surrounding the furry fandom involves yiff - in particular, its implied association to bestiality in the eyes of many non-members upon casual observation.
 

Eleven-lyc

Elder Werewolf
Some old notes I made about three years ago…
Interesting… Well, I learned a few things today.
Quad: (n) see TAUR
I tend to associate this one more with Quad-Suit (a specialization of Fursuit, where the stance of the costume is quadruped / "all-fours" rather than bipedal / "standing upright"). Similarly I tend to think of "Feral" as a specifically quadruped talking animal, or at least that's the rough impression I've come to from its usage.
Nazifur: (n) a furry with a preference towards anthros bearing associations with fascist ideologies, esp. Nazism analogues; an anthro associated with a fascist ideology.
- Easily the most hated niche in the fandom.
I thought Nazifurs was more of a fetish group than an ideological one? At least, of the extremely few furs I've come across with vaguely Nazi-like references, it seems to be more a fetish-oriented thing. Not that I've seen many, which I guess is to be expected.
I keep forgetting the difference between Therian and Otherkin… I think the latter is a little more apart/separate from Furryism somehow.
 

Activoid

Ace Artist
Not really anti-furry, but more like "Stop embarrassing our fandom" mentality common for some of the users. Furry fandom in general is humble and reasonable, but has rather toxic "vocal minority" behind it that makes it look bad, from all the lifestylers who join it to satisfy their sexual needs, to literal psychos that eventually get arrested for something very, very unpleasant. That's why you see so many jokingly self-deprecating or downright jaded statements from time to time - as a fandom with lots of well-intentioned people that got eternally stuck in bad reputation due to some extremely unpleasant ones, it's prone to a healthy, ironic dose of "we suck lol".

Most accurate comment by far. Many of us just like how critters meshed with people looks. Full stop. LOL
 

ChapterAquila92

Resident Bronze Dragon Kasrkin
Banned
I tend to associate this one more with Quad-Suit (a specialization of Fursuit, where the stance of the costume is quadruped / "all-fours" rather than bipedal / "standing upright"). Similarly I tend to think of "Feral" as a specifically quadruped talking animal, or at least that's the rough impression I've come to from its usage.
Again, old notes. It never occurred to me at the time that Quad could also refer to a type of fursuit design.
I thought Nazifurs was more of a fetish group than an ideological one? At least, of the extremely few furs I've come across with vaguely Nazi-like references, it seems to be more a fetish-oriented thing. Not that I've seen many, which I guess is to be expected.
Sometimes it's one and the same. I don't claim much knowledge about it beyond my own opinion of the matter, hence the snarky notes I've been making.
I keep forgetting the difference between Therian and Otherkin… I think the latter is a little more apart/separate from Furryism somehow.
'Kin are separate for sure, seeing as they pop up in other fandoms and communities where escapism is prevalent.
 

Cynotex

Gilnean
Fantastic thread... Really enjoyed reading all terms regarding the fandom, just for the sake of knowledge.
 
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