I was reading a Smash Ultimate combo guide and someone told me that the best Captain Falcon combo is:

shff fh nair into knee

What on earth are they trying to say? And is it even a real thing?

Are there any other weird acronyms I should know when reading online or listening to commentators?

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    It's Gaelic for "but then I took an arrow in the knee".
    – Joachim
    Aug 1, 2019 at 6:53

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They were trying to tell you to

Short Hop Fast Fall to land the First Hit of Neutral-Aerial which will combo into the Knee of justice.

Phew. Wasn't that a mouthful? But damn is it worth it for the true combo!

There are actually quite a few shorthanded phrases that have been developed for Smash over the years. I've tried to come up with a not-quite-comprehensive list below of acronyms that may be hard to google. I’ve included wiki links where I could find them. You'll hear many of these from tourney commentators as well as written online:

  • Don't forget that fh means full hop sometimes; not in the op's example, of course, but sometimes. Nice thorough answer, btw.
    – Brandon_J
    Feb 28, 2019 at 13:35
  • @Brandon_J good call! I was probably so focused on the example I didn't think about it. Thanks!
    – scohe001
    Feb 28, 2019 at 14:10
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    I used to be a smasher like you, but then I took a Falcon in the knee Feb 28, 2019 at 17:54

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