Smilies have their own meanings and are well-defined at h2g2. Still, they have also been used in a way or context that alters their normal or intended usage.
A prime example of this is the loo brush or using to mean cheesecake or to denote a change of subject in a long posting. Apart from these general alternative meanings there are times where smilies are (mis-)used to provide specific information; the SBVM's 'battle-marks' is an example of this. Nevertheless, this article is about alternative smiley tags for everyday use. I shall try to give an overview of the alternative uses smilies have been put to on h2g2. This list is by no means complete... feel free to add more definitions in a thread below.
Sorry for all this being a bit tongue-in-cheek, but if one were allowed to talk about the subject matters openly, one would not have to resort to smiley abuse. Poor little fellas!
And a word of caution: If you encounter smiley(-combinations) on-site make sure to check for the context in which a smiley is used to ensure that you catch the correct meaning.... even if that requires reading the backlog.
We shall start off with the cute, clean and innocent ones making our way to the ones used to denote moderateable content. Not all the ones listed below were seen on-site, feel free to find out which.
The Clean Ones
These are encountered quite frequently on h2g2.
|Celery in Ears (refuses to listen)|
|Chewing, mouth really full|
|Someone who participates in the German Carnival|
|A pickled onion|
|Half-eaten pickled onion|
|SBVM's logo (maybe)|
Smilies can, of course, be combined to give whole new meaning or even to tell short stories:
- a fairycake
- Someone eating and enjoying one of Shazz' pickled onions.
- Someone eating and enjoying a choc snack.
The Corny Ones
Now, let us turn to the y ones...
|, ,||May all be used as relating to constipation or "Laxobigging" for those who know The Deeper Meaning of Liff well enough|
|This on the other hand signifies the opposite of constipation|
|Desperately waiting at the wrong side of the toiletdoor|
|A case of diarrhoea where one did not make it to the loo in time|
|Ordering another pint|
So you now might be able to decode this:
Must have been something I ate! (Thanks to deackie) for that one!)
The Rude Ones
The rude section is fairly short. One reason is that we are all nice people, the other is that it's difficult to abuse all these cute smilies that way.
Still, once we establish that is a sphincter muscle, it follows that is the release of body winds. Whereas should be seen as an insult and be moderated.
The guy officially known as scientist might also be a fanatic who wields a pamphlet and a
molotov cocktail... just look at hir: .
Substance abuse is not unknown either: , , (= bonghit) or .
The Explicit Ones
Ok, guys and gals, this is the section you have been waiting for. I'll keep the examples somewhat vague, just use your fantasy.
The first ones to be sexually abused were and . From my personal knowledge the first instance was posted on 31st of July 2001 [F16294?thread=13004].
is fairly explicit anyway, but you might be interested to know that it has been referred to as 'Lewinsky' or 'Monica' (which makes Santa Monica)
on the other hand was difficult to ascertain. While it might stand for anything two smilies might get up to in dark corners of your computer's RAM, it seems more like a g-spot smiley. Maybe the two will try after that?
Staying with the female anatomy for a while...
is fairly obviously a pussy cat, while is a black-haired pussy cat. That would make ... what?
on the other hand might depict a smiley which has a lot of fun by hirself.
Anyway. The aforementioned actions might lead to a state which is shown here:
, , , , followed by a release of or maybe and a resulting feeling of or depending on position and preference.