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has anyone called you CUTE, the term? If so, did it apply? All it makes me think of is Rudloph cartoon when his nose is all plugged up and he yells, "She thinks I'm CUEDTDTD!" Do you like this term? What does it connote to you?

Abbott (Abbott), Friday, 1 December 2006 06:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Cute is usually a pleasant term. I tend to be more attracted to folks that I consider "cute" than would normally be called "hot." "Hot" people tend to try WAY too hard to be conventionally attractive.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Friday, 1 December 2006 06:32 (fourteen years ago) link

my motto is publicly cute, privately hot

impermanent rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Friday, 1 December 2006 06:42 (fourteen years ago) link

No, the best compliment I received was FEISTY though. Loved that compliment.

nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 1 December 2006 08:25 (fourteen years ago) link

i like "omgcuetest"

durdt bagge stijl (get bent), Friday, 1 December 2006 08:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm 100% with kingfish on this one.

Sir teh_kit of St.Gregory (g-kit), Friday, 1 December 2006 08:40 (fourteen years ago) link

"cute" people can be seriously fucking annoying in their never-ending quest to get that pat on the head (and a cookie). i think a lot of "cute" girls have weird unresolved daddy-issues.

"hot" doesn't have to mean conventionally attractive; it's more intangible than that.

durdt bagge stijl (get bent), Friday, 1 December 2006 08:42 (fourteen years ago) link

"hott" is only good when it's tangible.

Sir teh_kit of St.Gregory (g-kit), Friday, 1 December 2006 08:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm always being called cute, and it does my head in. For me, cute is like a puppy - you want it around, but you don't want to fuck it.

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 09:10 (fourteen years ago) link

unless you're a furry

teh_kit (g-kit), Friday, 1 December 2006 09:32 (fourteen years ago) link

For me, cute is like a puppy - you want it around, but you don't want to fuck it.

For you, and for male comedians over the last 40 years.

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Friday, 1 December 2006 11:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Bernard Manning != cute

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 11:12 (fourteen years ago) link

haha jb otm. i've been thinking about cute vs hott bc i said something to someone about current crushboy being "cute" then realised he isn't cute At. All. but he is really hott.

emsk ( emsk ), Friday, 1 December 2006 11:21 (fourteen years ago) link

Cute [kyoot]
...
3. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.

Madchen (Madchen), Friday, 1 December 2006 11:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Cuteness in itself isn't necessarily hott, but cuteness can be a constituent of hottness. And is there a gender difference? Cute girls are usually hott, but does teh same happen for cute guys?

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

The correct response to this is always "I know".

Matt DC (Matt DC), Friday, 1 December 2006 12:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I prefer 'sweet'. I don't know any 'cute' people. Baby animals are cute.

Now the word is annoying me. cute cute cute queuet kyeeoot. Sounds weird.

Rumps (Rumps), Friday, 1 December 2006 13:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Cute [kyoot]
...
3. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.

Yeah, this was the sense it was used in, n Mill On The Floss, i.e. "acute" and it did my head in that they wanted cute boys and girls that weren't cute. Surely that should be the other way around in that age and place?

masonic boom (kate), Friday, 1 December 2006 13:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm not "cute" (in the original sense) at all. And it kinda bugs me that I'm not cute, and never get considered cute. The only place I ever get to be "cute" is onstage, where I get to "act cute" even though I'm not and never am in real life. But it's playing a role.

Sometimes people have thought me Hott, but that's not the same thing. Hott is a sexual thing, cute is more a way of being, a different sense of attractiveness. (if you find that sort of thing attractive. I find it *REVOLTING* in girls, but hey, lots of men seem to find it entrancing.)

masonic boom (kate), Friday, 1 December 2006 13:43 (fourteen years ago) link

some use cute as a noncommittal hot. it has so many variants you need context to make any sense.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 13:54 (fourteen years ago) link

but for the record, i'm a fan.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 13:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Cute [kyoot]
...
3. mentally keen; clever; shrewd.

This is used often in conjunction with the word "hoor" in Ireland. As in, "he'd have the eyes out of your head. He's some cute hoor, that fell."

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I think the main thing about "cute" is that cute is non-threatening.

that's why it's such a girly thing. That girls should be cute, because too hott (sexy) is kinda threatening. And boys don't like being called cute because the traditional archetype for a hott boy involves some element of danger.

masonic boom (kate), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:06 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah but sometimes they're used interchangeably, it's like that.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

"Cute" is pretty much the only compliment I ever get. :p

Jessie the Monster (scarymonster), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:21 (fourteen years ago) link

girls should be cute, because too hott (sexy) is kinda threatening

Really? Sexy is . . . well, sexy, and so also a good thing. Cute and sexy are certainly not incompatible with each other.

What I'm saying, is that if sexy wasn't sexy, then it wouldn't be sexy.

Although I'm with you that archetype hott boy does have some danger/mystery/unknowability - see all Jane Austen ever.

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:25 (fourteen years ago) link

What is the male equivalent of the Jane Austen Male?

All I've read about this is that Germaine Greer essay, talking about Fantasy Predatory Women in detective novels.

masonic boom (kate), Friday, 1 December 2006 14:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I get called cute ridiculously often, which I think is because a) I am a small person, b) I look younger than my age (less so now than I used to though), c) I smile a lot, and most importantly, d) I have a cute name. (No really, my last name is part of a cliche involving the word "cute." It's so annoying.) I wouldn't mind being a bit more sexy and a bit less cute, but they don't seem to be mutually exclusive.

Maria e (Maria), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:20 (fourteen years ago) link

i don't think i've been called cute in a year. but god bless that girl and her poor choice making ways.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't get called cute and I definitely don't get called hot. The best I've been called is "attractive", which is so bloody ambiguous that they might as well have not bothered.

Stone Monkey (Stone Monkey), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I have very little understanding of the Venn relationship between sexy and cute. You want to protect cute things and preserve their cuteness, not fuck their glasses off. Err, right?

I do understand the appeal of despoiling cute things but not how that appeal is supposed to last, assuming the association lasts. I suppose to the supply of cute is renewable up to a certain age but that still seems like kind of a dead end.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

i have actual WRITTEN PROOF that someone, somewhere, at sometime, once thought i was hot. again, god bless that girl and her poor choices.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link

the urge is to expose the sexy hiding beneath the cute. the glasses can be the cute see, then you fuck them right off.

also cute is just charming, fulfilling all sorts of other needs.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:34 (fourteen years ago) link

My bets friend describes the typical woman I'm attracted to as "Small, cute and slightly dizzy." So I guess i do want to fuck their glasses off after all...

Stone Monkey (Stone Monkey), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:34 (fourteen years ago) link

it's somehow not been mentioned here that cute is used in wildly differing ways by men and women.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, baby animals with eyes the size of saucers are cute, in my book. That's probably not what you were going for.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

weird, seems usually women are more likely to use cute as a stand in for attractive.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:40 (fourteen years ago) link

a lot of men never admit to being subject to the forces of cuteness ever, under any circumstances, not even puppies.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:42 (fourteen years ago) link

who can't admit to the inherent cuteness of puppies?

otto midnight (otto midnight), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:43 (fourteen years ago) link

tuff guyz

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:44 (fourteen years ago) link

CUET

http://www.babyanimalz.com/images/images2/cutekitten.jpg

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:45 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/1806/bjork-1.jpg

yeah but her too

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:47 (fourteen years ago) link

being called cute used to really annoy me, probably because things like big-eyed kittens and bjork (sorrry) and such make me want to vomit. i HATE whimsy, and to me cute implies that and seems patronizing as well. i'm learning to deal with my anger issues, though.

Lauren (lauren), Friday, 1 December 2006 15:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm with her.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:02 (fourteen years ago) link

well i'm sure i hate bjork in the same way you do, but still i would enjoy humping her glasses clean off - which demonstrates the cute/libido connection.

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Cute and not sexy: Bjork and kittens.
Cute AND sexy: Beth Orton and Joanna Newsom

(I know I'm in the minority with the Bjork!=sexy thing)

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:05 (fourteen years ago) link

some find kittens sexy

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:09 (fourteen years ago) link

They are also in the minority.

Johnney B has zeros off the line (stigoftdumpilx), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:11 (fourteen years ago) link

http://scoopsnoodle.com/lix/bjork.gif

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm also with Kate, in that I find premeditated cuteness in girls really off-putting. It ought to be something you ARE, not something you LOOK LIKE. Or something. I haven't thought it out, tbh -- too annoyed.

NB: I say this as someone who always wanted to be striking and Amazon-like and ended up fresh-faced and short.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 1 December 2006 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Actually I think SS is beautiful! So haughty...until mouth opens.

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

She's gorgeous and the first time I ever saw her was on 'Greg the Bunny' where she wasn't particularly funny. She is most decidedly not cute, however.

Michael White (Miguelito), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:30 (fourteen years ago) link

How would you characterize Laurie Anderson? There's something "cute" about her -- short spiky hair, moon face, dimples, playfulness -- and she can definitely take on an angelic mien:

http://www.maths.lth.se/matematiklu/personal/apas/laurie/laurie1.gif

But she's also got those biceps and a piercing stare, which gives her a certain fierceness:

http://estiej.webpark.pl/images/laurie_anderson.jpg

Then again, sometimes she just looks like Tim Robbins:

http://c250.columbia.edu/Images/c250_celebrates/remarkable_columbians/bio_images_big/laurie-anderson-2.jpg

At any rate, I find her immensely compelling.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeesh, really? I don't find her very attractive at all, certainly not on a purely physical basis. Way too horsey for my taste.

Laurie Anderson's got something, but not my thing.

lurker #2421 (lurker #2421.1), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:32 (fourteen years ago) link

omg, Tim Robbins! Tim Robbins is where cute and hot intersect!

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Thing is, it has to do with whether the guy(we'll use guys here) thinks he's hot shit or not, not whether he actually is or not.

Attractive people don't need to develop attractive personalities, to put it another way.

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:34 (fourteen years ago) link

(that first line was an xpost about Sarah Silverman)

xpost also the problem with using famous men as an example is that we get into Kissinger territory here, which complicates matters.

lurker #2421 (lurker #2421.1), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh jaymc, Laurie Anderson def. has the sexy, like a more elegant Patti Smith, who also has the sexy.

Abbott (Abbott), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

(Though I'm thinking more of their access to the signifiers of wealth, particularly high-end tailored clothing which, of course, shapes a lot of how we perceive each other...)

xpost

lurker #2421 (lurker #2421.1), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Re Kissinger territory: it's not just publicly acknowledged power that attracts (or sometimes not at all), it's also the power that a person gathers to him- or herself by her bearing. And Laurie Anderson = beautiful.

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, I think I don't know that "moon-faced" means at all -- I always assumed it meant broad in the cheek, broadly smiling, round like a full moon. LA is not these things!

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:48 (fourteen years ago) link

C. Ricci is the classic moonface. That or people with Cushing's.

Abbott (Abbott), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess I have a hard time constructing a way in which Jerry Seinfeld can be thought of as attractive that doesn't involve his power!

But seriously, I agree with you, and that's kind of my point, actually -- that using famous people makes it impossible to differentiate between personal magnetism and the magnetism attached to fame and fortune. Not that we have any alternative, really.

lurker #2421 (lurker #2421.1), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:49 (fourteen years ago) link

OTOH I think Jack Black has perfectly fine features, it's mainly his weight that moves him from the "conventional" category to "offbeat".

lurker #2421 (lurker #2421.1), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:50 (fourteen years ago) link

LA has my thing, which is to say, that chiselled lip outline and obstinate chin. It ages so well, too.

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Laurie Anderson has a round face, though, doesn't she? I'm more likely to find round-faced women attractive (cf. Ricci) than long-faced women (cf. Sarah Jessica Parker) -- which is why I'm stumped that I find Sarah Silverman as hot as I do. (I think maybe there's a touch of cute wrapped up in the hot.)

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:52 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, Jack Black is v. handsome.

horseshoe (horseshoe), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Jack Black is k-cute but I think it's due to my thing for eyebrows like his.

I think Silverman looks like an evil snakewoman.

Abbott (Abbott), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:54 (fourteen years ago) link

From straight-on LA's face is quite long, it's just that she has a high forehead, so the features are a little closer together at the bottom (and considering that the opposite of "moon-faced" is apparently "horsey", no one can win this game, I'm afraid). Round-faced is maybe this?

http://jeremyfreese.blogspot.com/garofalo.jpg

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:54 (fourteen years ago) link

George: Um, excuse me, have you see a guy with like a horse face, big teeth, and a, and a pointed nose?

Clerk: ... flared nostrils?

George: Yeah.

----

Kramer: Hey, did that guy show up?

Clerk: The guy with the... horse face... and the big teeth...

Kramer: No, the guy with the big head and the flared nostrils.

Clerk: Haven't seen him. There was a short guy with glasses... Looked like Humpty-Dumpty with a melon hat. But he left.

---

George: I went in with a pretty woman? You know, kinda short, big wall o' hair, face like a frying pan?

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Old photo of Laurie Anderson (1976):

http://www.cynthiamacadams.com/images/laurie_152.jpg

I dunno about you, but that's pretty definition of "moon-faced" to me.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:57 (fourteen years ago) link

That's weird, the other pictures upthread don't even look like the same person.

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 22:58 (fourteen years ago) link

You are right! That photo from '76 is super duper square. I just can't figure out how she turned into Bicep Woman, who looks so fine of feature. Aging again, I guess?

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 7 December 2006 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Hanging out with Lou Reed for too long?

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Thursday, 7 December 2006 23:06 (fourteen years ago) link

schwing:
http://www.discogs.com/image/A-131697-1128177334.jpeg

milo (milo), Thursday, 7 December 2006 23:16 (fourteen years ago) link

long-faced women (cf. Sarah Jessica Parker)

arrrgh. perfect body, but the face demands a bridle.

/meow

Lauren (lauren), Friday, 8 December 2006 00:49 (fourteen years ago) link

haha sjp is cute/ugly - boooya!

jhoshea (jhoshea), Friday, 8 December 2006 00:56 (fourteen years ago) link

I've become curious as to what I thought was "cute" so have gleaned these pictures from personals websites and offer them here as a glimpse into my anonymous psyche. This is what I think is "cute." And yes, I'm aware that all these women have the same expression on their faces. I'm only attracted to women with that expression.
http://static.flickr.com/139/317313457_6244f74309.jpg?v=0
http://static.flickr.com/137/317312429_25ae48eaa0.jpg?v=0
http://static.flickr.com/140/317312427_7d25f1872e.jpg?v=0

Logged Outt (Logged Outt), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:36 (fourteen years ago) link

So you like elves, then. With no lips. Glad we cleared that up.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:37 (fourteen years ago) link

the first one looks kind of like stacey slater.

Lauren (lauren), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:38 (fourteen years ago) link

http://www.brandybuck.com/amber/images/neopets/dark_crystal.jpg

Abbott (Abbott), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:41 (fourteen years ago) link

wow, i have a huge crush on the laurie anderson of 30 years ago.

otto midnight (otto midnight), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I am pretty much a moon-face-only kinda dude, that old LA photo looks creepily like (and kinda reignites) my first high-school crush :(

What became of Best Buy ipod girl?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Friday, 8 December 2006 20:55 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
curtis' new facebook profile pic might be the cutest thing ever. curtis, you have to post it here, and prepare to have everyone go 'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!' atcha.

Comrades, meet Tildo Durd (Scourage), Monday, 12 February 2007 00:19 (fourteen years ago) link

crepe

esoj@w3rk (esoj@w3rk), Monday, 12 February 2007 03:45 (fourteen years ago) link

OK Louis I had no issue with you really but yeah come on thats just weird now.

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 12 February 2007 03:48 (fourteen years ago) link

;_;

I'm being entirely innocent here. If you see the picture you'll see what I mean (I only found it when having a routine glance at recently updated friends)...

Comrades, meet Tildo Durd (Scourage), Monday, 12 February 2007 11:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Real life Pepe le Pew!
http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/images/img_0503.jpg

Madchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh my god, Madchen.

Allyzay heard you got beat up in a club. (Allyzay Eisenschefter), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 17:26 (fourteen years ago) link

X3

false cat (sleep), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

dying!

impermanent rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 17:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, that's so cute!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 19:06 (fourteen years ago) link

skunk rape is never cute when you're experiencing it

latebloomer (clonefeed), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Puppy rape is. WHEN YOU'RE DOING THE RAPING AMI ETC

Johnney B's got a system (stigoftdumpilx), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 20:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Never has kitten rape been so adorable.

The Many Faces of Gordon Jump (Leon), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 20:18 (fourteen years ago) link

someone plz to embed the "AW MWAH MWAH MWAH" kissy-whatever dialogue effect

kingfish in absentia (kingfish), Tuesday, 13 February 2007 20:28 (fourteen years ago) link

i love how its little feet are splayed helplessly in opposite directions.

/crepey

emsk ( emsk ), Wednesday, 14 February 2007 01:44 (fourteen years ago) link

the disgusted look on the kitten's face is the opposite of cute.

La Monte Jr. (LaMonte Jr.), Wednesday, 14 February 2007 01:49 (fourteen years ago) link


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