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dappled_leaves's avatar

Why is the symbol for "meta" a fish?

Asked by dappled_leaves (10868 points ) June 23rd, 2011

Just wonderin’.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

I always figured because meta is about the site and they already used the jelly fish for general so since a fish is sea life related it kinda fits.

anartist's avatar

meta-fishi-cal questions? you know . . . beyond the fishi -cal.

lillycoyote's avatar

or maybe it’s a metaphor, or a metaphish, or maybe a fishaphor.

josie's avatar

Ichthys-Greek for fish.
The early Christians used it as a secret symbol.
The Fluther Meta section is actually a club for closet Christians. They want you to think it is about Fluther. It is not. It all about your mortal soul.

blueiiznh's avatar

Meta elements provide information about a given Web page, most often to help search engines categorize them correctly. They are inserted into the HTML document, but are often not directly visible to a user visiting the site.

That’s my answer and I am sticking to it!

blueiiznh's avatar

or a direct derivation from the expression…

I meta fish last night at the sushi bar.

dappled_leaves's avatar

lol @ josie!

Symbeline's avatar

Eh, which one is the odd one out? That damn party hat! What does that have to do with the sea theme?

lillycoyote's avatar

@Symbeline Maybe the party hat icon could be replaced with a Princess Beatrice’s freaky and frightening, but festive, jellyfish hat icon.

augustlan's avatar

That fish is ‘grumpy fish’. He’s kind of our mini-mascot, and reminds us to pay attention to the rules. (You can see him at the bottom of the ‘ask’ page, giving grumpy little tips.)

Symbeline's avatar

@lillycoyote By the gods. What the hell is that cursed thing?

…we need it as our social icon!

@augustlan grumpy little tips.

That, by all rights, should totally be the cutest thing ever said. But that fish icon comes into my nightmares, every night!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

They didn’t think you use a squid…....

lillycoyote's avatar

@Symbeline Which cursed thing? The thing on the head or the head itself? The head belongs to Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Furguson, Duchess of York. The thing on her head is purported to be, has been referred to and described as a “hat” but I’m not convinced. Whatever it is, it was atop or attached to or possibly growing out of, or was in some co-evolutionary, symbiotic, parasitic relationship with her head when she attended the recent wedding of her cousin, Prince William.

Symbeline's avatar

All I know about English royalty is Edward the first. So, the hat. :D And that thing probbaly cost a million times more than any type of headgear that actually serves a purpose besides looking like an idiot lol.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Symbeline I’m not much of a follower of the royals myself, I probably know more about that damn hat than I know about anyone in the royal family, but I saw a picture of it and like a car crash, I didn’t want to look but I couldn’t turn away. She sold the hat on eBay for $131,648 and donated the money to UNICEF and another children’s charity so at least something good came out of that monstrosity.

ucme's avatar

I thought it was an arrow pointing to a bollock, as in metabolic….no? Oh well, never mind then.

Symbeline's avatar

@lillycoyote Nice. ...I wonder who the hell bought that lol.

@Bellatrix Er?

Bellatrix's avatar

The symbol could be a clown’s hat, and therefore it could be for a clown fish.

augustlan's avatar

^^ Good idea!

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