Friday, October 10

What does <3 mean ?

... is it rude? Is it a joke? Is it something I should know?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

less than three?

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Possibly, but I suspect it's got something to do with boobs - not sure why exactly, just a suspicion.

caw said...

um. i don't know. in what context was it used?

cookiecrumb said...

Less than boobs.

Pink Granite said...

No clue.
I tried Googling it.
Then I tried Googling it within quotation marks, but still no joy.
I'm with caw - what was the context?

Is it always written?
Is it drawn - like graffiti?
If you turn it sideways, I guess it could be a visual slang for a woman - sort of...
- Lee

Ms Brown Mouse said...

I've seen it on the intertubes, in some English blogs, but buggered if I can find it again. Perhaps if we ignore it, it will just go away.

Urban Koda said...

According to UrbanDictionary.com - a site which has destroyed whatever innocence I may have had left. It's a heart, and can be used in something like:

I <3 New York - I love New York.

It would appeared that it originated amongst young girls, and is not looked upon very highly. I'm with you on the ignoring thing.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

UK - of course, that's exactly what it is, a little heart - the cyber equivalent of a smiley face to dot an i.

Anonymous said...

"It's an emoticon, it means love. You are supposed to write it without a space between the less than symbol and the three. Then when you look at it sideways (rotate your head to the right) it is supposed to look like a heart, but I reckon it looks like an ice cream cone with 2 scoops"

SHITTTTTT i cannot believe that someone got it first! i sent out emails all over the place...a graphic artist friend knew straight away but i was lazy to post back.....AH well we all know now. xS

Ms Brown Mouse said...

S - well you see, the Urban Koda knows all sorts of things - things about about bird identification and emoticons - useful chap to know.

Pink Granite said...

I just became very excited because I saw <3 used in a sentence on Twitter and I understood it from context!

So I hurried over here to let you know.

But UK had answered October 14, 2008!
Sigh...

But I did learn a valuable lesson: It's important to repeatedly check the comments. All sorts of pearls of wisdom are just waiting to be gleaned!
;o)
- Lee

Ms Brown Mouse said...

Lee - twitter, blogging, the intertubies - so much we can learn!