definition of "hollest"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by IKI_75, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. IKI_75 Senior Member

    Bulgarian
    Hello,

    What is the meaning of the word "hollest"?
    It is an emoticon of Skype.
    Is it an English word or is it abbreviation?

    Thank you!
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    It looks like the superlative of 'holl'...:D but holl isn't an English word :(

    I have looked on my Skype, but none of my emoticons are labelled "hollest" - sorry.
     
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    It might be a joke. "Holler" is a synonym of "yell". The emoticon might show someone yelling very loudly and so it was named "hollest", as the (manufactured) superlative of "holler", as in "happy, happier, happiest; (holl - not a word), holler, hollest (not a word)".
     
  4. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    It seems that there are some hidden icons and some of them are named for Skype employees including hollest (a woman's legs), toivo (a man with a dog (it looks like a dog)), and zilmer (a man with a camera? or a strange belt?).
    These are probably easter eggs - inside jokes put in by the programmers.
     
  5. IKI_75 Senior Member

    Bulgarian
    Thank you for your answers. I like the linguistic way you interpret the meaning of the word.
    The "hollest" emoticon is "a woman`s legs" and, as Myridon says, it seems that there are some hidden icons and some of them are named for Skype employees.
     
  6. tyomzo New Member

    Russian
    hollest -- Stella Hollest, was CEO at skype
    zilmer -- Priidu Zilmer, was Skype's Visual Design Team leader
    toivo -- Toivo Annus, was a head of engineering at skype
     
  7. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Thanks tyomzo, case closed! :thumbsup:
     

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