Not everyone uses these abbreviations, but, they are a common shorthand for indicating marital status, race, sex, religion, and a few other common things.
Literally standing for "height/weight proportional," using "HWP" in a personal ad lets potential friends know that you are within the normal weight range for your height.
" Translation: Single white male seeks single Hispanic female for long-term relationship. If you're serious in your search for a friend or date, don't let the funky abbreviations and acronyms of personal ads deter you.
In British English it is also commonly known as an advert in a lonely hearts column.
Newspapers and magazines that take personal advertisements often provide a reply forwarding service; in this case, the text of the advert will include a unique box number and anyone wishing to reply to the advert sends or delivers their reply to the publisher's address in an envelope bearing that number.
The publisher forwards replies in bulk to the advertiser at a given interval, for example each week.
Viral words change constantly, and expressing yourself and your desires in relationships can be difficult enough as it is.
Sure, our parents and grandparents had to deal with dating slang, but these days, the terminology changes so rapidly (thanks, social media) that if you don't stay on top of it, you could think the person you're seeing is asking you to "dance the robot" when they text you about wanting to DTR.
The first letter often describes the relationship state or sexuality of the person: As well as three-letter abbreviations of the format described above, a number of other acronyms and abbreviated words have been popular in personal adverts at different times and in different places.