April 25, 2006

The Bungie Acronym Compendium

JNAMSTFY. DMUKYA. ABTFIPASO5. These cryptic identifiers have entertained, enightened, frustrated, and confounded Bungie fans since the early days in Chicago. Found on nearly every game and soundtrack created or licensed by Bungie, a surprising number of these enigmatic acronyms remain unsolved.

Acronym Game Solution Confirmed by:
DMUKYA Marathon Don't Make Us Kick Your Ass  
MBIBTYB Marathon 2 My Bob Is Bigger Than Your Bob  
TBWSAF Marathon ∞ and Trilogy Trick Bitch Whore Slut Ass Fucker Alex Rosenberg
WACCSMD Myth Warcraft And Command & Conquer, Suck My Dick Max Hoberman
MRTEFCFY Myth Soundtrack Michael Ryan, This Eleven Foot Cock's For You Max
TATRTSTS Myth II Total Annihilation True Real Time Strategy Totally Sucks Tuncer Deniz (below)
WUBNMH Myth II Soundtrack What's Up, Bitch? Not Much, Holmes Matt Soell
SPMLOAS Myth Total Codex Steve Parson's Mom Likes Our Ass Sandwich Max
YYMMDBATC Myth TC Soundtrack Yummy, Yummy, Munchy, Munchy, Dwarven Bones Are Tasty Crunchy Max Hoberman
ABTFIPASO5 Halo (GotY) Arrr, Bitch! The Future Is Pimps At Sea '05! Max
SABABWL Halo Soundtrack, Halo 3 Beta Shiny And Bumpy And Bursting With Love Marty O'Donnell
ILWNL Halo PC    
JNAMSFTFY Halo 2    
EGATFIBGBCSIMAW Halo 2 Soundtrack Vol 1    
MNNGSBTFS Halo 2 Soundtrack Vol 1    
IOHBOY Halo 2 In-game map (Metropolis)    
SIOHBOY Halo 2 In-game credits    
TOFTMTWCLMB Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack    
HAISTCWITDO Halo 2 Soundtrack Vol 2    
BMDWATBATWMC Halo Graphic Novel    
DTARAGS Halo 2 Vista    
SLMCWMYOW Halo 3    
JLTLEBLC Halo 3 Limited Edition    
WWYANOFAWD Halo 3 Legendary Edition    
TGAWAFAL Halo 3 Soundtrack    
ITIFGDM360 Halo 3: ODST    
ONSSFIH Halo 3: ODST Soundtrack    
TIMLAFAHS Halo: Reach Soundtrack    

There have been tons of different guesses as to these on a variety of different forums all over the place, so if you see one you think you know the answer to, feel free to post a comment. Hopefully, someone at Bungie will step in periodically and let us know how we're doing.

Remember that, although some of them contain a little bit of good-natured profanity, they're not all strings of foul language. Many of them are catchphrases heard around the Bungie offices during development of the related game.

Note: It's pretty obvious that EGATFIBGBCSIMAW refers to the skulls (Envy, Grunt Birthday Party, Assassins, Thunderstorm, Famine, I Would Of Been Your Daddy, Blind, Ghost, Black, Catch, Sputnik, Iron, Mystic, Anger) but since no one from Bungie has ever stepped in with any observations on the elusive W at the end, and public opinion is hardly conclusive, it's pretty pointless to keep throwing guesses about it around. Maybe somebody in the know would care to tell us a story? ;-)

For the record, here are a few of the more widely-recognized guesses on some of the unsolved ones:

SPMLOAS: Single-Player Myth, Loads (or Lots) Of Additional Shit
ILWNL: I Like (or Love) Winning, Not Losing
IOHBOY: I'm Only Here Because Of You
SIOHBOY: Sid, I'm Only Here Because Of You

Anyone who can confirm or deny these is always welcome. :-)

Another Update
In the Halo 3 Beta, SABABWL is heard via Morse code, coming from the radio near the upper flag base on the map High Ground.

New Update!
Halo:Reach is upon us, with a new acronym, and a very plausible-sounding guess from old-school community stalwart Ross Mills, over on the HBO forum: "Bye Bye Bungie, So Long To Project: Halo. Stuff's Totally Been Great Fun". As always, we appreciate any insight that benevolent patrons wish to make. ;-)

Newer Update!
What sounds like a perfectly reasonable guess for the Reach Soundtrack, found over on the HBO Forum: "This Is My Last Absolutely F***ing Awesome Halo Soundtrack". Perhaps Marty will chime in somewhere on this? Posted by mnemesis at April 25, 2006 8:33 PM | TrackBack

How about:

JNAMSFTFY = Just Not Another Marathon Sequel For The Fans Youknow

Maybe not :)

Posted by: Ciaran on April 27, 2006 12:20 PM

IOHBOY is I'm Only Here Because Of You, I think. Instert 'Sid' for the SIOHBOY variant.

Posted by: Jag on May 1, 2006 5:55 PM


I can't remember who it was (Marty?) who hinted that we hadn't found all the secrets in game: maybe there's *still* another skull? I reckon it'll appear after all of them have been collected. Or something stupid.

Posted by: Pixellated on May 1, 2006 9:32 PM

TATRTSTS - Total Annihilation True Real Time Strategy Totally Sucks. There, ya got another one. At the time TA was all the rage and they used to called themselves "true real-time strategy" which we hated so I put that in there to jab them a bit ;)

Posted by: Tuncer on May 19, 2006 5:43 PM

Excellent, and oh so close to many of the guesses on the old MSP acronyms page. Thanks, Tuncer. Always a pleasure to hear from any of the old-timers. ;-)

Posted by: mnemesis on May 19, 2006 6:00 PM

JNAMSFTFY - "Joke Not, Another Marathon Story Forum Theory For You"?

-- Steve

Posted by: Anton P. Nym on May 20, 2006 12:59 PM

Hehehe. The good old EGATFIBGBCSIMAW. Well, try going through the game [halo 2] on legendary and collect all the skulls, and look around while fighting Tarturus. You will see what the W means.

-- Iceman

Posted by: Anoyomous on June 21, 2006 1:13 AM


I Like Winning, Never Losing

That just came out, and didn't give it much thought!

See me on Halo 2, XBOX Live. My Gamertag has something to do with a dizzle and a dazzle + dog.

Posted by: Dazzledog on July 1, 2006 9:20 PM

it means maw is gate with a big frikon club

Posted by: darkmatter on July 10, 2006 8:23 PM

New acronym for ya guys, from the Halo Graphic Novel:


Have fun!

Posted by: AfroRyan on July 18, 2006 2:25 AM

I posted this over on the HBO forums...and Mr. Chavez liked it, so here's a copy and paste job:


Because Marvel Did What All The Bastards At Titan Wouldn't Make Cuts.

Kinda just popped into my head...the T could also stand for Tokyopop...but I doubt it matters one way or the other.

and here's Miguel's reply:

wow, that's actually close to something that would really make sense

because marvel did what all the bastards/bitches at Time Warner mxxx couldn't?

DC is owned by Time Warner

Posted by: AfroRyan on July 18, 2006 5:27 PM

Perhaps the second M in the BMDWATBATWMC is actually a name, ie; Because Marvel Did What All Those Bastards At Time Warner, Mike, Couldn't.

Just a thought.

Posted by: Boxer on August 3, 2006 2:45 PM

DMUKYA - Damn Man, Urcle Kicked Your Ass

Posted by: j00b on August 17, 2006 6:15 AM

The acronym from the Halo Triple Pack is:


Posted by: jmh9072 on August 17, 2006 2:45 PM

ILWNL - I Laugh When Noguchi Laughs
I Love What Noguchi Loves
I Love When Noguchi Loses

Posted by: Xraf on August 25, 2006 3:49 AM

Hehe. Boxer's take on the Halo Graphic Novel acronym is pretty funny. But I have to say that the "M" doesn't stand for Marvel; though one of the words was guessed correctly.


+ mehve

Posted by: mehve on August 28, 2006 10:21 PM

When we were putting together the Myth soundtrack packaging we were pretty unhappy at what we considered an unfair review. Cruel? Perhaps. Crude? Who, us? Never!

Posted by: Yeroen on September 24, 2006 11:20 PM

I lothe Windows, not Linux

Posted by: heroicraptor on October 12, 2006 7:25 PM

DMUKYA - Damn! My Uncle Kicked Your Ass

Posted by: heroicraptor on October 12, 2006 7:27 PM

soldiers and bungie are bored with losers
seven and bungie are born with love

Posted by: heart on October 13, 2006 10:25 PM

I'm not sure why some folks continue to submit guesses to DMUKYA... It's ALREADY been solved! It was one of the first ones to be solved guys, it's over 10 years old.

Posted by: Miguel on October 16, 2006 1:33 AM

"When we were putting together the Myth soundtrack packaging we were pretty unhappy at what we considered an unfair review. Cruel? Perhaps. Crude? Who, us? Never!"


Based on that, I would guess the last two letters to be "Fuck you."
The 'R' could be review...

Posted by: MrHen on November 22, 2006 5:32 PM

Soon...soon... hurry

Posted by: the WATER!! on December 7, 2006 2:52 AM


Grunt Birthday Party
I Would Have Been Your Daddy
Black Eye
Ice Cream

I wonder if it's too much to ask for a
simple official Bungie YES or NO on this
solution...no hints, just yes or no.

It would bring happiness to a great many
people to have just that much!

Posted by: Misterskooba on December 13, 2006 10:33 AM

i agree with /\ /\ /\ bungie should think about releasing all the hidden stuff in their games when the game is over 5 years old

Posted by: senuti on December 23, 2006 12:24 AM

var chinatime = new Date(2552,10,9,6,7,0);


That is the date that the Forerunners set the Halo's to be set from camloflauge. Before then they were hidden. It is all part of there plan.

The fact that they died was a huge conspiracy. It never happened. They ARE alive. They set there machines everywhere to help set off the galactic destruction of the universe. Why?

The humans, and the covenant.

There technology was advancing far too fast for the Forerunners to allow it. They intilized a secret and very fast plan. Which would lead to one thing - Major Destruction.

They lost a lot of there own, but that is to be expected. The Ark - Ha!

The Forerunners made that!?

Of Course. But Why?

By the time you beat Halo 3 you still won't know. You won't know until the end of Halo Wars.

Don't bother asking anout me at bungie. I didn't leave enough info to be tracked down. Believe this or not. I don't care.

- Dr. Catherine Hasley was a good women, too bad she dies.

Posted by: CPO Franklin Mendez on December 24, 2006 2:41 AM

W = Whuppopotamus

aka unnamed skull


Posted by: jub on January 28, 2007 3:35 AM

IT has pretty much been confirmed that the JNAM acronym is synonyms for the powers of the skulls. THe synonyms where to be typed in on a virtual keyboard allowing halo 2 skulls to be turned on/off
Nosferatu(BLACK EYE)

and so on

Posted by: superninjamonkey on February 8, 2007 9:38 PM

JNAM (yes...just the first half)


It was found in the hex...but is that really the first part of JNAMSFTFY or not?

Posted by: Yanni Depp on February 8, 2007 11:42 PM


Because Marty Did What All Those Bungie Asses Thought, Would Marty Cry?


Another Battle The Forerunners Insisted, Pimps At Sea, O5

Posted by: NTFB (its anarconym, figure it out) on April 3, 2007 11:00 PM

SABABWL is "shiny and bumpy and bursting with love."


The acronym shows up in the Halo 3 Beta, too.

Posted by: DemanusFlint on May 17, 2007 10:06 PM

We're exceedingly lame for not fingering this out. But look! This is the first Halo acronym COMPLETELY solved. Now just that W in the Halo 2 one. D:

Posted by: Funkmon on May 17, 2007 11:32 PM

Im guessing it is "Would it help if i said please" since the skull is un-named and the first word of the phrase that activates the skull is a W so thats my guess.

Posted by: DRK TwiSteR on May 23, 2007 6:07 AM

Halo 2 for Windows Vista has the acronym "DTARAGS" in the usual spot; on both the back of the cardboard sleeve and the back of the new clamshell PC game box.

I'm guessing that the first few letters stand for: "DirectX Ten..." or maybe even "DirectX Ten Ain't..."

Posted by: HookMeUpImLocal on May 25, 2007 3:45 AM

Nice! Added to the list up top.

Posted by: mnemesis on May 25, 2007 2:51 PM

I personally think it would more likely be something not involving DirectX. My first thoughts were "Don't trust anyone/anybody"

Posted by: on May 25, 2007 9:33 PM

Followup to my previous comment about "Don't trust" - I was thinking, could possibly be "Don't tell" also

Posted by: Tural on May 25, 2007 9:37 PM

Shiny and bumpy and bursting with love.


See HBO newspost for details.


Posted by: lasercannon on June 10, 2007 8:34 PM

This is going back aways, but I guess no one's solved the Total Codex acronym yet?

I might have a start, if no one's thought of it yet:
Some players may like o__ a__ s__

Posted by: TactlessScumbag on July 9, 2007 4:47 AM

JNAMSFTFY: Jump Now and my Spartan Fails to Frag you.

Posted by: Pez on September 25, 2007 6:56 PM

The legendary edition has a different acronym:


Posted by: Mark Levin on September 25, 2007 7:54 PM


So Long Master Chief, Will Miss You ?

The LEG. Edition almost looks like a What would jebus do knock off :P

Posted by: kornman00 on September 25, 2007 8:43 PM

Just let the legendary edition be legendary, _____

Sid loves men cause women may _______

wort wort _____
why would you ask now, oh fuck ____

Posted by: Izzinatah on September 25, 2007 8:46 PM

so long master chief we'll miss you on wednesday?

Posted by: mazerunner on September 25, 2007 8:52 PM


What would __________ do

Posted by: Martin on September 25, 2007 9:23 PM

without warning you are now on fire and will die

Posted by: paidgun on September 25, 2007 9:26 PM

Just like the legendary edition but less cool

Posted by: paidgun on September 25, 2007 9:28 PM



Posted by: darkdh on September 26, 2007 12:56 AM

i meant limited not legendary. sorry!

Posted by: darkdh on September 26, 2007 12:58 AM

ILWNL = I Love Winning Not Losing

Posted by: Danny on September 26, 2007 1:34 AM

JLTLEBLC = Just love the limited edition, because legendary can't. :P

Posted by: Brandon on September 26, 2007 6:45 PM

"JLTLEBLC = Just love the limited edition, because legendary can't. :P" Posted by: Brandon
I think it's more likely it would be something like Just love the limited edition, because legendary costs. But I think the best suggestion yet on this one was "Just like the legendary edition but less cool".

Posted by: Christoffer on October 2, 2007 8:42 PM

True, or maybe "Just like Legendary Edition, but less costly" or 'Collectible' or, like you said 'Cool'.

This one got to me: SLMCWMYOW

So Long Master Chief, We'll Miss You(r) _ _ ? Maybe "Your Old Ways"?

These acronyms have gotten under my skin. I want to figure them all out. :(

Posted by: Brandon on October 3, 2007 10:14 PM

Why Would You Annihilate Nosferatu Over F***ing Alien Warlord's Destruction? (as in the destruction of the earth)

Posted by: Gregory on October 31, 2007 11:27 PM

ITIFGDM360- I Think I Fried God Damned Microsoft's 360

Posted by: a flying jar on July 26, 2009 7:42 PM

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned IWHBYD...

I would have been your daddy (but a dog beat me over the fence)

Posted by: DreamHazard on September 23, 2009 3:32 PM

Continuing with the DirectX Ten line of thought...


DirectX Ten Ain't Really All Good Shit.

Posted by: Fresnel on September 18, 2010 1:44 PM


perhaps something like:

"This Is My Last Acronym For All Halo Stuff/Shit"

just guessing don't have anything solid to go on

Posted by: spook on August 8, 2011 3:16 AM

Hey Fellas!

This my first time here.

For the Halo:Reach one

I over looked it and I heard this in my mind...


Bye Bye Bye So Long To (Poor/Pathetic) (Heretics/Humans/Hoes) (Star/Starred/Start) To (Be/Being) Gone Forever


Bye Bye Bye So Long (Thank/Thanks/To) (Population/Populace/Peers) Halo (Sails/Starts) To (Be/Being) (Going/Gone) Forever

Could I be Close?

Posted by: Lynxxon on August 11, 2011 12:30 AM
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