Having discovered eHell a few months ago, and “many happy hours on it since” – was lately browsing in past threads in "Forum Admin / Announcements". One which was flourishing in autumn 2009 ("BF [Boyfriend] vs BF [Best Friend]") struck a chord with me: I understand that starting a new thread, is preferred to “bumping” one from that long ago, so am duly making a new first post.
I do find that in one way and another, eHell does more “cloaking” of words / expressions, than any other Internet board on which I have spent time. Am not quarrelling with this: “your house, your rules” – over the months, I think I have come to “get” most of the veiled communication, and in fact have landed up finding it part of the fun of the board. Occasional puzzlement / confusion still befalls me.
With the abovementioned 2009 thread starting with the potential for confusion re BF (boyfriend, or best friend? – established that per convention, boyfriend = BF, best friend = BFF) – one poster on the abovementioned thread, wrote that at times of less than total alertness, she had been thrown by BF’s being used to mean “neither of the above”, but “breastfeeding”. I have had the occasional rather similar moment, by reason of my having an interest in the topic of fauna possibly as yet unknown to science, including the American “Bigfoot”. Since I frequently log on to a message board on the just-named subject, where BF is copiously used to refer to the putative creature concerned; from time to time on eHell, I get a moment of seeming incongruity, where the abbreviation BF suggests to me none of the things mentioned in the thread of two years ago, but a giant ape-man potentially lurking in the forests of North America.
Another poster on the 2009 thread confesses to having long been “thoroughly confused about Child Boards when they had nothing to do with children”. Until recently, I shared that confusion. I paid no attention to the two Child Boards of “Life...in general” – “Holidays”, and its “getting-together” companion – I was under the misapprehension that they were basically the province of juvenile eHellions, being about stuff of interest to such participants: holidays, and (assumably) sweet and innocent early-teen-type tentative pairing-off. One lives and, sort-of, learns.