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Abbreviations in Scratch

Some Scratchers use abbreviations for their projects instead instead of typing the whole phrase.

What is an Abbreviation?

An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase.

List of Abbreviations

Below is a list of some common abbreviations used on the Scratch Website.



  • AMV: Animated Music Video; it is when a scratcher creates a animation to go with a song, like a Music Video on YouTube.
  • AT:
    • Art Trade (when one trades art with another Scratcher if the person agrees).
    • It also stands for the Advanced Topics forum.


  • CC:
    • Coloring Contest; it is when a Scratcher makes a project with line-art in it, then Scratchers remix the project and color the line-art in. They compete against each other to make the best drawing.
    • It also stands for Creative Commons, the organization that constructs the licence under which most of Scratch's user-generated content is governed.



  • IRL: In real life; as in not on the internet or on Scratch.


  • LTL: Lyrics Taken Literally; when a Scratcher creates a project with backdrops/sprites showing what music lyrics look like literally.


  • MAP: Multiple Animator Project; they are collaborative projects by many Scratchers that each

contribute a brief animation to the project.


  • OC: Original Character; a character that one has created for the first time that they can use for various things in projects.


  • PMV: Picture Music Video; it is a type of MAP.



  • VAO: Voice Acting Order; when one asks for someone to voice act for their project. People can order stuff from shops on the Requests Forum and ask for VAOs.
  • VAR:
    • Voice Acting Request; similar to VAO.
    • Smaller version of variables.


  • WIP: Work in Progress, also known as a draft; it is used when a Scratcher creates a project and shares it without it being completely done. A project can be marked as a WIP by checking the "Draft" Box.

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