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Re: CHAT: Ijat, ijat!

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, June 10, 2004, 9:40
On Wed, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:51:48PM -0700, Garth Wallace wrote:
> This sort of thing is common online, especially (it seems) on IRC. A > right-hand-shifted mistyping of "Woohoo" in a Transformers channel > became the rallying cry of a webcomic character ("Wiigii!"
Even before IRC . . . in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.comics (RAC), back brefore it split up into separate subgroups, a poster once intended to ask about the latest issue of "Suicide Squad" . . . but typoed the name and asked about "Suicide Squid" instead. Naturally, the helpful denizens of RAC replied with all sorts of details about what was going on in this fictitious comic book. This was followed by the production of a T-shirt with art by an actual comics professional depicting Suicide Squid in all his underwater glory, with his motto ("The seaweed of crime bears bitter fruit!"), and a supposed Squid monologue, a modification of Puck's final speech from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" . To this day the annual RAC user-voted awards for the comic book industry are called "Squiddies". So a lot can come from one little typo. :) -Mark