I've seen on the internet, on several sources (here and here are just a couple of examples) that "PST" means "Please Send Tell". But the sentence "please send tell" doesn't make any sense to me.

What does it mean?


I'm not sure what the first game to do this was, but a "tell" is a private message sent to another player. I think it originates way back from text-based MUDs where to message someone you'd type something like tell <name> <message>.

These days many multiplayer games call those messages "whispers" instead, but often /tell will be aliased to it. For example, in World of Warcraft you can message someone either via /w for "whisper" or /t for "tell".

So, "please send tell" basically means "contact me privately to respond".

  • Probably in those MUs you didn't even use a / - the parser always expected every line to begin with a command. There was no 'default chat' or anything like that. A consequence of being purely text-driven, of course - modern MUs aren't really much different.
    – Shinrai
    Jul 8 '12 at 7:03
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    Plus "pssst" is the sound of a whisper :) Jul 8 '12 at 7:21
  • @Shinrai Yeah, good point. Man, it's been a while. :) I amended my answer slightly.
    – Adam Lear
    Jul 8 '12 at 14:55

Another meaning is "Pacific Standard Time," a time zone eight hours west of Greenwich, used by places like Los Angeles (movies, games,) San Francisco (start-ups, games) and Seattle (Microsoft, games.)

If you're talking about scheduling of events, then this is a much more likely meaning of the acronym.

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