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Apr 20, 2006

What ARE they talking about?

Gloss OK.  Hi.  This is Theo.  I seem to have been promoted.  W00T!!

So, here's a sad truth:  While I am a geek, what I know about building web pages amounts to diddly x squat / bupkis (***ERROR: Division By Zero).  I'm hoping y'all will bear with me while I monkey around with TypePad's "Compose a New Post" interface, here.  Anyhoo.

With the assistance of Meg and CuteOverload reader Anna Grace, I've compiled a rough table of the more common Cute-Isms that have cropped up in the posts & comments round these here parts.  I also threw in some less-common entries because, what the heck, sometimes you just gotta take liberties.  And it was a slow day at the office, and I was having fun.

Again: I'm not a WWWizard.  However, plenty of other folks here are, so the formatting just might improve quite a bit in the coming days.  But for now, without further ado, here they are, the fabulous entries of the shiny new CuteOverload Glossary!  Yay!!!  [waves arms around a la Kermit the Frog as the curtain opens]

(I hope you've got a little reading time on your hands)

Please note that there should be a permanent link to the Glossary appearing soon in the left-hand margin, under "MORE! MORE! MORE!"

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 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 01:41 PM

So, the format is *ALREADY* upgraded. (Thanks Meg!) The old beta version, though, is here, for those "completists" among you...

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 01:52 PM

YAY for Theo!!! Two gold stars! ;-)

A thinker
 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 01:55 PM

Theo! EXCELLENT! I was very happy you used the snail pic for the "ehn" entry. Too perfect.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 01:57 PM

(now that I've actually read it, brilliant). GOOD WORK THEO.

A thinker
 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:02 PM

Theo rocks!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:02 PM

Knitting Rabies scares the bejeezus out of me too, don't worry.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:17 PM

Ooh! We've got an *inset photo* now! The popup is a little wonky, tho.

Again, thanks, Meg!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:32 PM

Can I gets a shout-out for this being my idea? (if it was actually my idea originally)

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:35 PM

Smooch smooch
*air kiss
to THEO!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:50 PM

Nice work Theo. ::gives you a widdle gold star. then runs!::

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:50 PM

Hip Hip HOORAY 4 Theo! :o)))))

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:54 PM


you have an entry for "Marmalade Kitties (Tiger Tabbies, Pint Lions)". include examples, and LEFT OUT Steven Elizabeth!!?

(yeah, like if never-been-featured-in-CO is an excuse to leave him out)

/I sent pictures 8-(
//Steven E. was eating an ice-cream cone in one!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:55 PM

CanadianSnowPrincess -- O RLY?
Except, to verify that, we might just have to do a prior-art search through a roiling sea of Cute O comments... ugh...

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:55 PM

Mariser -- um, I've heard of *Shannon* Elizabeth... but not in the context of this website, either.

(In case you're at all serious -- I don't ever see reader submissions. I'm one myself.)

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:58 PM

Michelle -- it's *Meg* you'll have to watch out for, not me.
[whistles nonchalantly]

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 02:59 PM

WELLLLLLL Theo, we could do that... but in the Yeing Yeing Yeing posts i did ask for a glossary of terms and then you immediately after said " CanadianSnowPrincess -- stay tuned" so you could just say it was my idea and save yourself the trouble :oP

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:05 PM

CSP -- True, I could... but why did you think I said "stay tuned" rather than, oh fer example, "hey, what a fantastic original idea?"

[this is all written in a friendly "tone," FYI]

Actually, Meg and Anna G. had the idea waaay before either of us, and even had an early dictionary-style draft partway done by the time I submitted my stuff.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:08 PM

A likely story!
My post still precipitated it being done today, but that's okay.
*sigh* I will just go on about my business.
(in all seriousness it's not biggie to me...I'm just glad I know what "prosh" means! whether it has something to do with "posh" or not!!!) :o))

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:21 PM

Actually, sure, I'll give you that much. Meg did tell me "I think the timing's good."

(pish prosh)

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:23 PM

thanks theo!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:25 PM

So happy, must do something..... *Glossary dance*

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:37 PM

Theo! Theo! You da Man!
If he can't do it, no one can!

(I was never a cheerleader by the way!!)

Jan Spencer
 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:49 PM

Theo! Theo! You da Man!
If he can't do it, no one can!

(I was never a cheerleader by the way!!)

Jan Spencer
 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 03:49 PM

theo!!! you gradurated....

uh, do you get *extra* kittens?

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:01 PM

Waz wong wit da wood "widdle"??? :o(

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:15 PM

Congratulations Theo.....I Am Glad My Friend Turned Me On To This Site. In Fact; I Made A Widdle Piddle At Some Of The Cuteness

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:19 PM

Jan -- 'sokay, neither was I.

S -- actually we *are* looking into becoming a foster family for cats/kittens, here. Gotta get Spot & Mr. Bounce up-to-date on their shots first.

Carlisa -- see my reply to Michelle, above.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:21 PM

"...shares a northern border with mildly irritating"


 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:22 PM

Now I know everything!! I enjoy this site so much...thank you for providing me with smile after smile!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 04:40 PM

Hey Theo...some of the links in the glossary don't work. Or at least, I can't get them to. Like Meg, under Fearless Leader. :sniff:

all in all...great idea!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 05:21 PM

Tigger -- huh. All the links work for me on separate PCs, using both IE and FireFox; what kind of browser & computer are you using?

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 05:33 PM

Kudos to you, Theo!

Ummm, I know I'm kinda tired and all, but the link for "First Post" doesn't make a whole lotta sense to me. No one else seems to have mentioned it so it must be me, but can someone 'splain the connection please?

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 05:44 PM

TEHO! TEHO! TEHO! I can't stop... I may never call you Theo again BUT even if I don't you are the awesomest!! Love the glossary, super smardescripts. You are one prosh smarty-pants.


 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 05:46 PM

Tigger, I have trouble with some of the links, too. They just keep giving me the same glossary page. I'm using Mozilla.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 05:53 PM

Good job, Theo!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:00 PM

Arbed -- just for starters:

This one's borderline, since they *might* be saying they've never commented before:

Here's someone who's in on the "joke" (note the actual comment position in the list):

...that's all I have the patience to dig up. Note that it matters *less* that the comments actually add anything to the post, than HOW FAST it got clicked onto the website. And frequently the cries of "OMG OMG FIRST FIRST FIRST" are wrong, even, 'cause they've actually *missed* the top spot... but hey, who's counting? Now go back & re-read the explanation:

Now you capisce, right? I'm telling you, it's enough to make a Cuteologist get downright snarky.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:01 PM

Aha, I think I know what's going on here.

Tigger, Jaypo -- All of the terms themselves in the Glossary are "bookmarks" (or "anchors") to themselves. This isn't exactly the same thing as a HTML link, which generally takes you away to some other page (to illustrate a point, etc.)

Finn called me on this earlier, too. But it's intentional. This way, when you click on"Fearless Leader," for example, the definition goes to the top of your window, and the fully-bookmarked URL appears in your browser's Address bar. From there, you can easily COPY & PASTE it into an email, a comment, another browser, etc. Like this:

Click on that, and it takes you right to the Fearless Leader description, so you don't have to scroll down through the alphabetical list.

In the words of Microsoft: it's not a bug, it's a feature. Power users, rejoice!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:08 PM

Thanks Theo. Methinks I should have expressed my confusion less confusingly... I was pretty sure all along that "First Post" meant what you say here, but then today the glossary comes out and the definition leads to a cute little "innocent" kitty, and there is no "first post" in the comments. Hence my confusion, or the lack of brain power tonight, if you prefer. Ignore me, I should just get some sleep. ;-)

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:16 PM

Haha, so humourous, I love it. I lof this site.
I learned lots of interesting words. =)

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:16 PM

Arbed -- OH. I get it.
The "I'm Innocent" kitty is the first CuteOverload post. Like, the first one Meg ever put here.
That is all.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:19 PM

ooooooooohhhhhhhhh okay - I don't feel so bad now. Mucho thanks and you still get the kudos - and a little barbecue sauce to dip them in.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:23 PM

this is so wonderful!!!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:28 PM

Theeeeoooooo! why dont you like "widdo"? how is anything too cutesy for CO? lol i lurves widdo!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:48 PM

Theo.... you SOOOO rock!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:52 PM

Theo- Rock on man!!!! And FINALLY! I get a dictionary of all the things that I can say!!!!!

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 06:54 PM

Michele (one "l") -- see my reply to Michelle (two "l"s) somewhere up the comments list.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 07:12 PM

Theo definitely wears the giant hat of cleverness.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 07:28 PM

Theo- Second pic, scary! But we get your point.

 |  Apr 20, 2006 at 07:39 PM

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