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November 19th, 2005
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Request for geek enlightenment
Does anyone out there know the meaning of "##!!//" (without the quotes) -- and why it's innuendo?

I only ask because it breaks Google.

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From:ceruleanst
Date:November 20th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
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I don't know, but I might read it as "hash hash bang bang slash slash," which is vaguely evocative.
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From:delcan
Date:November 20th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
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Corned beef meal, followed by murder? I don't get it.
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From:ceruleanst
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
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Perhaps "pound" would work better. Pound pound, bang bang, slash slash! That's consistently violent.
From:silussa
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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Guys, if you think of that line sexually, I think you'll see it pretty quickly.

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From:baxil
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)

Possibly obscure reference

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"Slash slash"? Is that slang for "thank you, ma'am"?
From:changelingjane
Date:November 20th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)

Re: Possibly obscure reference

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Well, "slash" is another term for homoerotic fanfiction.
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From:copperwolf
Date:November 20th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
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That sounds right, but I didn't think Google imposed filters on stuff like that?
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From:lienne
Date:November 20th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps Google simply likes you to have a few letters in your search term.

...After a few rudimentary experiments, it seems that Google breaks on any search containing no alphanumerics.
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From:baxil
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
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As mentioned in the thread I linked (for other readers who are too lazy to click through), another possible interpretation is "Hashes, not slashes," which has the benefit of sounding like a geek protest slogan. However, I seriously doubt that's the context it was meant to be brought up in.
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From:mithent
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Heeh.. someone should definitely adopt it for that!
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From:frameacloud
Date:November 20th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
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I was going to say that it could be read as "pound pound bang bang slash slash." It sounds rather violent. The sound effects of clubs, guns, and swords! But it doesn't seem to be innuendo. It also doesn't seem to be ASCII art for anything, so far as I can discern.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 20th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
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I suppose for Nethack players it might mean "Tree, tree, potion, potion, wand, wand".
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From:thrames
Date:November 20th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
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L33t translation: hhiill

And, for some reason, I'm reminded of the old second-grader's method of referring to hell: "h-e-double hockeysticks." Not entirely sure why, but, meh, whateva.

Further: perhaps it's just really lazy censorship? Like, instead of standard issue "$@&%@#^" or whatever, it's just "##!!//" because someone can't be bothered for the other method.

Or maybe, just maybe, it's a deliberate attempt to provoke this sort of confusion on its meaning when, really, it's meaningless.

I'm leaning toward my last interpretation.
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From:mithent
Date:November 20th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately it only breaks Google as much as feeding it any non-alphanumeric string does.
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From:roaminrob
Date:November 22nd, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I tried Googling it after necama mentioned it, too.

So I'm not the only one that's been bugged by it ever since? ;-)
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From:paulhope
Date:November 24th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
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Random internet snooping led me to your attack on gerbilsage. I just wanted to say that in my book, you won that.

Although getting into a fight over American/English language differences wasn't such a good move.
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From:baxil
Date:November 24th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the kind words. You're right, it was a very stupid fight, and I'm done. If anything I'm kind of embarrassed I bothered. That I do this for my day job isn't an excuse.

I wouldn't have even stuck around except he was actually getting the Latin/Greek "root rule" backward (it's freaking obscure and pretty nonstandard in the first place, and has virtually nothing to do with British vs. American English) and I was wondering which way his reaction would turn once he actually did thirty seconds of Google research.

Your new ... goatee? ... looks good, btw. I never remember what to call those.
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