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What Does 'O.P.' Stand For? What Does It Mean?

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Question: What Does 'O.P.' Stand For? What Does It Mean?
At an online discussion forum, you see the phrase "in regards to the OP, I think that health care is going to be pivotal in this coming election". What does this OP expression mean?
Answer: 'OP' has two common meanings in the 21st century. It will sometimes mean 'overpowered' in the world of online gaming. More commonly, OP means 'original poster' in discussion forums. The original poster is the person who started a discussion thread, and OP is used to refer back to that person as the responses grow.

Examples:
  • e.g. "That's fair and dandy, but I think the op was asking about seat belt mods for his car, not for a lecture on airbag performance.
  • "To the op: I think you're absolutely right about the tsunami hitting the ship. Ignore what everyone else has said, they're just being troll idiots."
  • "PMJI, but I think the OP was actually just sharing an anecdote about traveling to Chile. He wasn't looking for a debate on Chilean politics."

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