Town of Salem relies heavily on communication between players. Because the day and night phases of the game are fairly short, and a lot of evidence may need to be discussed in these short spans of time, abbreviations and acronyms can be quite helpful. Here is a list of common abbreviations and their meanings. This list is only a small summary of all possible variations; many others can and will be used.

Roles Edit

Town Edit

Role/Alignment Abbreviation(s) Use of Abbreviation
Random Town RT Extremely Common
Town Investigative TI Extremely Common
Town Killing TK Extremely Common
Town Protective TP Extremely Common
Town Support TS Extremely Common
Bodyguard BG Extremely Common
Crusader Crus Common
Doctor Doc Extremely Common


Extremely Common

Investigator Invest Extremely Common
Inv Uncommon
Lookout LO Extremely Common
Medium Med Extremely Common
Psychic Psy, Psych Common
Retributionist Ret Extremely Common
Retri Common
Sheriff Sher Rare
Tracker Track Uncommon
Transporter Trans Extremely Common
Trapper Trap Common
Veteran Vet Extremely Common
Vigilante Vig / Vigi Extremely Common
Vampire Hunter VH Extremely Common

Mafia Edit

Role/Alignment Abbreviation(s) Use of Abbreviation
Mafia Maf / Mafs Extremely Common
Mafia Killing MK Uncommon
Mafia Support MS Rare
Random Mafia RM Uncommon
Ambusher Amb Rare
Blackmailer BM / BMer Extremely Common
Consort Cons Common
Consigliere Consig Extremely Common
Consi Rare
Disguiser Disg Extremely Common
Godfather GF Extremely Common
Hypnotist Hypno Extremely Common
Janitor Jan Common
Jani Rare
Mafioso Maf/Mafi Common in Investigator Last Wills

Coven Edit

Role/Alignment Abbreviation(s) Use of Abbreviation
Coven Leader CL Common
Potion Master PM Common
Hex Master HM Common in Investigator Last Wills
Hex Common
Necromancer Necro Common
Medusa Med / Medu Uncommon

Neutral Edit

Role/Alignment Abbreviation(s) Use of Abbreviation
Neutral Neut Very Rare
Neutral Killing NK Extremely Common
Neutral Evil NE Extremely Common
Neutral Benign NB Common
Neutral Chaos NC Common
Amnesiac Amne Extremely Common
Arsonist Arso Extremely Common
Arson Uncommon
Executioner Exe Extremely Common
Guardian Angel GA Extremely Common
Jester Jest Extremely Common
Juggernaut Jugg Extremely Common
Plaguebearer PB/Pb Extremely Common
Plague Uncommon
Serial Killer SK Extremely Common
Survivor Surv Extremely Common
Werewolf WW Extremely Common
Vampire Vamp Common
Pestilence Pest Common
Pesti Uncommon

Action Slang Edit

Show by ActionEdit

  • Voting and canceling your vote twice - This is the sign for being blackmailed. Note: This won't work for a revealed Mayor if 3 or fewer votes are required to lynch, as a Mayor's vote counts as 3 votes, and it may lead other Townies to actually lynch said player. Members of the Mafia can also use this to a certain player to indicate that the player needs to be acted upon by a member of the Mafia, but this is rarely used. (Commonly used by Blackmailed players)
  • Reveal or Die - When a player is suspected of being either an evil role or the Mayor, said player will be put on trial. If they do not reveal themselves as the Mayor, said person will be lynched. (Rare, now that the Investigator result of Mayor, Godfather, Vampire Hunter is gone)
  • Vote to Confirm - When a Mayor votes to confirm that they have not been bitten by a Vampire. However, this could get an innocent Townie put on the stand if the voting requirement is low enough. (Somewhat common)
    • Another less risky variation on this is that a player attempts to whisper to the Mayor, as a true revealed Mayor cannot send or receive whispers. (Somewhat common)
  • Remember/Revive/Res someone tonight - When somebody claims Amnesiac/Retributionist. If they do not remember or revive a role, they will be lynched. (Common)
  • Cure that player/Doc on the player - (The Coven DLC) When somebody has been poisoned, a Doctor should cure that player's poison. (Common in Coven DLC)
  • Vig shoot player - Asking a Vigilante to shoot someone. Mainly used if an assumed evil is almost lynched, but sometimes used by Vigilantes to signal who they’re going to shoot. (Common)

Discussion Slang Edit

  • 1 for 1 - Lynching one person, and dealing with another based on their role, e.g. if a Sheriff accuses someone of being suspicious, so one of the two is lynched, with the understanding that if the target is suspicious, the Sheriff is confirmed, and if the target is innocent, the Sheriff is guilty, and vice versa. (Very Common)
  • #v# - Refers to the number of people left alive in each faction. A "4v4" would be four evils vs. 4  Townies. Typically, numbers are named at the point where evil roles equal Town roles and it is thus safer for evil roles not to vote. (Common)
  • BMG - BlankMediaGames
  • Bussing - When a member of the Mafia claims a Town Investigative role and calls out and pushes to lynch one of their own members to seem to be a "confirmed Townie" (Uncommon)
  • CC - Counterclaim. This is used when one player claims a role, but another player claims to have the same role (or another role of the same alignment). (Very Common)
  • D# - Day# - (analogous to N#; rarely used as most events happen at Night, usually only the Mayor uses this, but it's also rare for that to happen).
  • DN - Death Note (Rare)
  • Freelo - Refers to the award of Elo after an easy game; so easy it is basically free. (Uncommon)
  • GY - Graveyard (Rare)
  • Hard CC - Counterclaiming the person's exact role rather than counterclaiming their role slot, e.g. counterclaiming Sheriff to a Sheriff rather than counterclaiming a Town Investigative role to a Sheriff. (Uncommon in Ranked where no roles are set except Jailor, but more common among Classic or other gamemodes with more specific rolelists.) 
  • Hard Claiming - An action where a player announces their role publicly. (Common in games, but term is rare)
  • Inno - Innocent (Very Common)
  • LyLo - A "Lynch or Lose" Day (if the Town doesn't lynch an evil role today, they will lose.) (Rare)
  • Lurking - Referring to certain players who distance themselves from the discussion. (Rare)
  • LW / Will - Last Will (Commonly known as "Will")
  • Maf maj - The Mafia has the majority (Usually not abbreviated)
  • Mass Role Call - When everyone starts to claim their roles in an attempt to find the last evil role. (Normally just called "Role Call")
  • MyLo - A "Mislynch and Lose" day, similar to LyLo. (The Town can safely not lynch, but if they lynch someone wrongly, they will lose.) (Rare)
  • N# - Night# (commonly used in a Last Will or Death Note) (Very Common)
  • NA - Not Attacked (sometimes used by Bodyguards and Doctors or even Survivors in their Last Will to show that they were not attacked that night) (Rare)
  • NV - No visits. (Uncommon)
  • NoLynch / NL - Don't lynch anyone today. (Rare)
  • NS/NSus/Not Sus/Not Susp - Not Suspicious (often used by Sheriffs in their Last Will). Has many variations beyond these four. "NS/GF" means "Not Suspicious or Godfather" (since Godfather is detection immune) and is also common in Sheriff Last Wills. (Outdated)
  • Party At My House - Commonly by Veterans trying to bait players into their home when alerting. (Uncommon)
  • Random Lynch/RL - Voting or lynching somebody with little or no proof. (usually done in absence of conclusive evidence or during LyLo) (Common)
  • Scum - Someone with an evil role, generally used in the same ways as "Sus". (Uncommon)
  • Soft Claiming - An action of a player hinting their role. (Rare)
  • Sus / Susp - Suspicious (Common, especially in Sheriff Last Wills)
  • TOS / ToS - Town of Salem (Common)
  • Townie - A member of the Town (Common)
  • TP - From most to least common: Town Protective, Transporter, Town Points
  • TP/LO on me - Town Protective and Lookout on me. Usually said by players who want protection, such as after a Sheriff successfully accuses and lynches a member of the Mafia, after a Mayor reveals, or after a Townie confirms themselves as a dangerous role, especially Jailor. (Very Common)
  • TT - Town Traitor. Used exclusively in the new game mode of the same name where one Town role is on the side of the Mafia/Coven.(Common)
  • VB - Visited By; common in Lookout Last Wills.
  • VFR - Vote For Roles. This is when a confirmed Townie (often, but it is possible to be started by a non-confirmed Townie) usually a Mayor, votes everyone up just to get their roles. (Common)

Miscellaneous Edit

These are abbreviations you will encounter anywhere in the internet or multiplayer games.

  • AFK - Away From Keyboard. (This might be used to signal a player that isn't active, and not just away from their keyboard.) (Common)
  • GTG - Got to Go. (Often said before someone leaves a game.) (Rare)
  • Carry - Referring to someone who won the game for their faction. They "carried" all the other members of the faction to victory. Similar to MVP. (Uncommon)
  • DC - Disconnected. (Common)
  • EZ - Easy (Mostly said when someone wins a game easily or when somebody is gloating). (Uncommon)
  • F - Used to show respect for somebody, such as a Retributionist dying before reviving somebody or a Survivor, Jester, or Medium dying on the first night. (Uncommon)
  • GG/GGWP - Good Game/Good Game, Well Played (amicable thing to say at the end of a game, or a way to say that the game is over, and there is nothing that can change the outcome). (Common)
  • GJ - Good Job (Mostly said when a Townie successfully kills/lynches a member of the Mafia or a Neutral Killing role). (Uncommon)
  • GL - Good Luck (amicable thing to say at the start of a game). (Uncommon)
  • GLHF - Good Luck, Have Fun (amicable thing to say at the start of a game). (Uncommon)
  • IDK - I don't know. (Common)
  • IMO - In my opinion. (Uncommon)
  • Immune - When somebody's defense is too high to be killed. This is a reference to the old night-immunity system used 2017 and prior. (Very Common)
  • inb4 - In Before. Used to essentially say something before anyone else, or make an outlandish/unlikely prediction. For example, after lynching someone that gives Mafia majority in Ranked with a dead Vigilante, someone could say "inb4 Random Town Veteran." (Rare)
  • MB/My b - My Bad. (Uncommon)
  • Meta - Acronym (Most Effective Tactic Available), referring to the metagame or the current top strategies. Used when discussing tactics people may use, for example, "You know, claiming to be an Executioner is the new Godfather meta." Often times used sarcastically or in a joking way. (Uncommon)
  • MVP - Most Valuable Player. (Usually, a compliment given to the player who was the most beneficial to the team). (Uncommon)
  • OP - Overpowered (Too strong). (Uncommon)
  • PM - Private Message (Also known as a Whisper). (Rare)
  • Premade - Having entered the game together with a party. (Very Rare)
  • RNG - Random Number Generator. (Rare)
  • TBH - To Be Honest (Normally used when defending on trial or building up an accusation early in the morning. Example, "TBH, there's got be 2 members of the Mafia left, and (insert name) has to be one of them.") (Uncommon)
  • Theme - Usually said before the game starts in the Lobby, and typically has a reference or popular trend before it, such as "Superhero" or "Food." This means a player wants to have the other players choose a name that would be related to the theme. (Uncommon)
  • Tldr or Tl;dr - Too Long; Didn't Read (sometimes used when a Last Will is too long, and the player doesn't want to read it). (Rare)
  • TR - Trial Rating. Relates to the number of reports a person has voted correctly on in the Trial System. (Very Rare)
  • TY/Thx - Thank You (usually said after one player has been helped by someone else, for example, "TY Doctor for healing me", or "Thx for reviving me Retributionist.") (Common)
  • UP - Underpowered (Not strong enough). (Uncommon)
  • WB - Welcome back (commonly said to a Townie after being resurrected by a Retributionist). (Common)
  • WIP - Work In Progress. (Uncommon)
  • YW - You're welcome (usually said after someone says they were healed, by someone who claimed/is Doctor) (Uncommon)
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