in #cryptocurrency4 years ago


If you are new in the cryptocurrency and trading world, it is good to know the meaning of some basic slang expressions and abbreviations. Using them in the conversation will show that you are part of the crypto gang and big investing expert ;)
The list is from Facebook, and even all expressions are not 100% precise it still can help newbies communicating and understanding crypto trading slang.


A misspelling of ‘hold’ that stuck around to mean ‘keep.’ A crypto trader who buys a coin and does not see himself selling for some time is called a hodler of the coin.


The short form of ‘fear of missing out.’ The feeling when you see a huge green dildo on a chart, and you don’t own that coin, so you sell other shit to buy into it freaking out. As crypto trading is still very much driven by emotions rather than valuation, FOMO is a huge factor to consider when swing trading in crypto.


The short form of ‘fear, uncertainty, and doubt.’ Usually used in the form of “xxx spreading FUD again.”
Example: JPMorgan’s Dimon spread FUD by saying Bitcoin is a fraud that will eventually blow up.cryptocurrency lingo spread fud


The short form for “All-Time High.” Therefore it means the highest historical price of a specific coin.



A huge player who has a substantial amount of capital. Whales are often the market movers for small alt-coins too due to their huge capital.


The recurring cycle of an Altcoin is getting a spike in price followed by a huge crash. Such movements are often attributed to low volume, hence the ‘pump.’ Traders who pump, buying huge volumes, may wish to invoke FOMO from the uninformed investors and then dump, or sell, their coins at a higher price.


The act of unsolicited endorsing of the coin in public. Traders who bought a coin has an interest in shilling the coin, in hopes of igniting the public’s interest in that particular coin.


A term to refer to a trader who bought in at a high and missed his opportunity to sell, leaving him with worthless coins.


Margin Trading.

A term for ‘trading with leverage.’ In this instance of trading, you borrow one side of the trading pair at an agreed loan rate and sell it for the other side of the trading pair. Depending on the direction you believe the market to move, you may place a long or a short bet on the trading pair of concern.Also Read: How to set up 2FA (two-factor authentication) in Bittrex


A position that a trader takes. To take a long position on something is to believe its value will rise in the future.


A position that a trader takes. To take a short position on a coin is to believe its value will fall in the future.

Limit Order.

An order placed at a future price that will execute when the price target is hit.


Borrowing Rate.

When you open a leveraged position, you will be borrowing coins at a pre-determined rate. This rate will be added to reflect your position’s overall profit and loss.

Lending Rate.

Some exchanges have lending accounts. You may deposit your coins into these lending accounts to lend your coins for others to execute their leveraged trades. The lending rate fluctuates throughout the day based on the demand for shorting the coin.

Fill or Kill.

A limit order that will not execute unless an opposite order exceeds this limit order’s amount.

BUY | SELL Wall.

A wall as seen in the depth chart of exchanges is an amalgamation of limit orders of the same price target. Cryptocurrency lingo - crypto buy and sell wall.


“Alternate coin” so it is everything other than Bitcoin (BTC). Bitcoin is the main index for cryptocurrency market. If BTC goes up, other coins go up. If BTC goes down, other coins go down.

Circulating Supply.

The price of a coin has no meaning on its own. However, the price of a coin, when multiplied by the circulating supply, gives the coin’s market cap.


Market Cap.

A stock’s market cap refers to the market value of the company’s outstanding shares.
In the cryptocurrency market, the market cap is used to illustrate a coin’s dominance in the entire cryptocurrency market.


The short form for ‘Distributed Denial of Service.’
A well-timed DDoS attack at exchanges during volatile movements may be devastating as traders will not be able to execute any order manually and will be at the mercy of their pre-set, or the lack of, limit orders.


The short form for “Initial Coin Offering,” which takes a page from the usual IPOs investors know.


Thanks to the unknown author for sharing the list.

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Thanks to you too for sharing!!! Though am not real big on the coin trading terms, but this post really did make lots of things clearer cause I see loads of words while reading some posts and articles and am always wondering what they mean. Thank you for this sure helps out!

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Insightful post, I have been trading for a few months now but I still found a new term I didn't know of ddos.

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thanks for the imformation I am still a beginner in this trade

Thank you for the info. The steemit/cryto glossary is fairly extensive for us new folks. I appreciate you taking the time to put that together. Peace.

Wow most of the short term I was wondering what it means. Thank you.

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