Who else remembers the auto-edit at Gordon's old board? There was a very zealous auto-censor there, and it didn't just put in asterisks, it changed entire words. The result was hilarity, confusion, frustration, and the creation of brand new words (like above). It did so in some very strange and unexpected ways too, and managed to make completely innocent text sound dirty instead!
For instance, it changed the word "cock" to "thingy", and we came across this more often than you might think. For example, someone's signature contained the classic quote:
I have faith in nothing but this - when the universe collapses and dies, there will be three survivors - Tyr Anasazi, the cockroaches, and Dylan Hunt trying to save the cockroaches.
But because of the wacky board edit, it instead appeared as:
Tyr Anasazi, the thingyroaches, and Dylan Hunt trying to save the thingyroaches.
Several new members even asked "what are thingyroaches
And it also changed "pussy" to "girl thingy". Thus, a discussion of cocker spaniels and pussycats, became "thingyer spaniels, and girl thingycats". Which just sounds ridiculous.
Fan-fic writers hated it, just try writing fan-fiction without using the word "cockpit"! Thingypit
It didn't warn us before changing our posts. The post preview would look normal, and it would only change it once we had actually posted. Sometimes, people didn't even notice when it changed what they wrote, and we never knew what it was going to do next.
One day, someone wrote a post that seemed to make no sense. She didn't realize what had happened until several people asked what she meant! Here's what happened:
Her post contained the word "disagreeumptions", and people started asking what on earth "disagreeumptions" meant?!? She was as baffled as the rest of us, as she had written no such word! It turned out that the board had changed the phrase "my ass" to "I disagree". Can you tell what she had originally written? She wrote "My assumption ... " and it became "I disagreeumption"!
And so our new word of the month was I disagreeumptions