Table of Contents:
AU: Alternative Universe, a fanfic with a premise that differs wildly from the original premise.
- Historic AU: the story takes the characters and basic premise and sets it in a different era of time eg. Pam and Jim meet during WWII
- Modern AU: the story is in modern times and contains same characters but a very different premise eg. Jim and Pam meet in college.
Canon: the material (plot/characters) officially part of the story in the individual universe of that story. In other words, what we saw happen on screen.
Canon Pairings: characters that actually got together on the show, Jim/Pam, Dwight/Angela, Michael/Jan etc
Fanon: an element widely accepted among fans but has little to no basis in the canon of the show. Example: Jim having a brother named Jonathan (an OC created and frequently used by girl7 and other fanfic authors at the time)
Fanon pairing: characters that are often depicted in fanwork as having a romantic relationship, but never had one in the canon storyline. Can range from couples that had quite a bit of interaction maybe even a one sided crush (Pam/Toby) to characters will relatively little interaction (Andy/Kelly)
Headcanon: a fan's personal interpretation of canon, especially in regards to a characters backstory or the nature of the relationship between two characters.
OC: original character
OOC: Out of character, when a character is depicted acting in fanfic much differently than on the show. Occasionally an author writes "out-of-character" on purpose but most of the time it's unintentional.
OTP: short for "One True Pairing" a couple that the fan prefers above any other pairing on a show.
PWP: short for "Plot? What Plot?" or sometimes "Porn without plot", typically refers to fanfics that depicts one or multiple sexual encounters with little to no set up or plot development.
Ship/Shipping/Shippers: A ship is a particular romantic relationship (get it?) that fans support or wish for. It typically described a relationship that either hasn't happened in canon yet, or a friendship fans feel could become romantic (whether its supported by canon or not). Shipping is the act of wishing for this pairing, and the people who wish for pairings are called shippers.
Stan: used to describe a very enthusiastic (sometimes overzealous) fan of a particular celebrity, but can also be used to describe an enthusiastic fan of a character. Calling someone a "stan" can carry a negative connontation that they blindly love a celebrity/character and refuse to acknowledge that's person/character's flaws.
The Powers That Be, TPTB: Term for the people creating and writing the show, the ones who pull the strings
Beta/Beta Reader: Someone who looks over a fanfic before the writer published and helps edit and make correct.
POV: Point of view, from what perspective is the story written
- 1st Person POV: Pronouns "I, me, my", are used for the main character and then "he/she/they" when referring to other characters. Very occasionally the writer will use "I" and "you".
- 2nd Person POV: Pronouns "You, your" are used for main/POV character, and "he/she/they" for other characters. The least commonly used POV.
- 3rd Person POV: Pronouns "She/he" used for the main/POV and all other character. The most commonly used POV. Typically we are limited to one characters thoughts and feelings (3rd person limited) though sometime we are privy to all characters thoughts and feelings (3rd person omniscient)
27 Seconds (of Silence): Refers to the amount of time Jim and Pam spent silently looking at each other in the "Booze Cruise" episode
Beesly: The correct spelling of Pam's surname. Not Beesley, not Beasly, not Beasley.
CN: Casino Night, the Season 2 finale episodes in which Jim confessed his love to the then-engaged Pam, which ended with Jim kissing Pam.A.k.a The Episode that launched a thousand fanfic
Cugino's Pizza: according to a deleted scene for ep 207 "The Client", Jim and Pam went here shortly after they met, Jim thought it was a date but then learned Pam was engaged.
Dunder-Mifflin: Later Dunder-Mifflin Sabre, the paper company that is the central focus of the show.
Dundies: The employee appreciation awards given at an annual ceremony typically at Chili's
Greg Daniels: TV writer/producer who adapted and developed The Office (UK) for American audiences. Full-time show runner for Seasons 1-4 and 9. Often gets blamed for Jim and Pam's early season woes.
GWH: Gay Which Hunt, the Season 3 premiere where we learned the fate of Jim and Pam after Jim's confession and kiss.
JAM: Jim + Pam, PB&J is also an acceptable name
JKras: celeb nickname for John Krasinski, the actor who plays Jim
Mixed Berries: Pam's favorite yogurt flavor
PLOD: Parking Lot of Doom, a reference to how the Dunder Mifflin parking lot often seemed to be bad luck for our beloved pair (where Pam rejected Jim on Casino Night, then later Jim told Pam he was seeing someone in Branch Closing)
"Sing" by Travis: The song that Jim and Pam listen and sway (not dance) to in 207 "The Client" and gets frequently referred to in fic.
WGA/Writers Strike: All members of the Writers Guide of America went on strike in November 2007 for just over 3 months in a dispute over residuals from DVDs and digital downloads/internet streaming market (which was in it's infancy at the time). The Office, in it's 4th season at the time, was one of the first shows to halt production due to many of it's cast members also serving as writers. The strike resulted in Season 4 being about 10 episodes shorter than planned and is also the reason we never got to see Jim and Pam's first Christmas and Valentine's Day together.
Scranton: the main setting of the show, located in North-East Pennslyvania, USA
Dunmore, Carbondale, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton: Towns sometimes referred to on the show located near Scranton
Lackawanna: The county that Scranton is the seat of
Poor Richard's, Farley's, Cooper's, Alfredo's Pizza, Cugino's: real bars and eateries in Scranton that the characters frequently referred to.
Dunder Mifflin Branch Locations:
- Current Branches (at series end)
- Midtown Manhattan, New York City - Corporate Headquarters
- Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Albany, New York
- Utica, New York
- Nashua, New Hampshire
- Syracuse, New York - first mentioned S8
- Akron, Ohio - Never mentioned on air, listed on show website*
- Rochester, New York - listed on show website, mentioned once in S5
- Former Branches
- Pittsfield, Massachusetts - closed pre-series
- Stamford, Connecticut - closed in S3
- Buffalo New York - closed after S5
- Camden, New Jersey - first mentioned in S4, closed in S5
- Yonkers, New York - both first mentioned and closed in S5*
- Binghamton, New York - both first mentioned and closed in S8
* Akron and Yonkers were both mentioned in a season 4 deleted scene