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08 October 2010 @ 09:57 am
/A propos/ of not much  
The other night Dale and I were being silly -- or more accurately, Dale was being silly and creative, and I was giggling at him.

I forget where the original "Salmon of Doubt" came from; maybe Douglas Adams? Anyway, Dale suggested that it could be accompanied by the Trout of Contrition (or is that something I picked up from #c?).

I mentioned sparkindarkness's Haddock (clients who are particularly stupid are said to merit a good Haddocking).

And then Dale came up with the Swordfish of Shut the Fuck Up, which I thought was an admirable addition to the collection. I think it should primarily be self-applied, not applied to others, but on the other hand, I could see "/me hands X a swordfish" as a gentle way of suggesting, "You might want to quit while you're behind, there, friend".
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: LMAOfatfred on October 8th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)

As I am reading this I am listening to my co-workers talking about Mullets, (hairstyles). Permed Mullets.
The mental illustrations are getting even odder...
browngirl on October 8th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
*giggles delightedly*
QKat: meme-sheepladyqkat on October 8th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Then there is the alt.c cuddlefish.

I can't remember what kind of fish was used for a *thwap* for various groaner offences.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 8th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not positive, but I *think* I'm the person who invented the cuddlefish. I could be wrong, though.
QKat: pot of gold or silver liningladyqkat on October 8th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I think you might be right. I do know that it started either just before or just after I 'found' the place. Sometimes I do miss my WebTV.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 8th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. I loves me some Google Groups.

It looks as though MorphBird showed up, I offered her a cuttlefish, she asked about a cuddlefish, I dreamed up a simple crochet pattern and "made" one for her, and she got Mike to sprinkle it with some Magic Life-giving Pixie Dust. So I guess I'm a co-inventor.
zemhitchhiker on October 8th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
the thwapping fish was a trout, because mirc came with a macro that spat out "/me slaps $username around a bit with a large trout"
aedificaaedifica on October 8th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
OTOH oursin uses a cod.
aedificaaedifica on October 8th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
The Salmon of Doubt was Douglas Adams' last Dirk Gently novel, published posthumously in its unfinished state.
Elizabeth Barretteysabetwordsmith on October 9th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I can't resist adding the coelecanth of WTF?!
margdean56margdean56 on October 9th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm...
Swordfish seems particularly apt for "shut up" because of the Harpo Marx connection. Is that what Dale was thinking of?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 9th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm...
I don't know -- he may have been thinking of the long pointy sword and the consequences of not STFU. I'll ask him.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 9th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm...
Indeed. I shall mention it to Dale.