Is "Muff Wiggler" offensive?

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What do you think?

It's bordering on, or is, unacceptable to me
It's mildly offensive, to be honest
It's immature/stupid, but harmless
I don't care either way
It's pretty funny! But I see the other side as well
I think it rocks!
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Post by Dick Champion » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:14 am

Just fell over this as I was surfing the gold mine that is Muff Wiggler.

In my mind the verb for patching a modular synthesizer is "to wiggle".
I guess that says a great deal about what Muff has meant for the synth community.

And a Muff could far fetched BE a modular... though I'm familiar with EH stompboxes and own a Big Muff, the word Muff actually is a name here in Denmark.
In fact it's my girlfriends middlename. She gets a lot of requests on Skype for private conversations.

But i'd hate to be the teenager searching for porn and ending up watching a video with James Cigler patching a Wogglebug...
If anything it is offensive to the hardcore porn fans out there. :soapbox:

BYOC version of Big Muff is called Large Beaver. I like that.


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Post by Hanz » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:59 am

The_Crooked_Man wrote:I stumbled upon this site after being reprimanded on Gearslutz for making a sexually suggestive comment about a piece of gear?
Now really, that is a grand case of irony.
I mean, gearslutz or muff wiggler - you pick the most offensive name...
Lord I know which site I hide first if somebody walks into my room.

Personally, I like the Muff Wiggler name just fine, I find it witty and typical of the forum attitude here.
But that's maybe also because it struck the Electro Harmonix vibe with me. Big fan of EH here - pc'ness aside, why don't they just branch out into modulars? I'd buy a full rack of that stuff without thinking twice. Mmmmm!
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Post by Tobor » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:34 am

my fiance said to me: "what? you surf a site with that name, you dirty pornographer!!!!"

my answer:

"dear, you know what a wiggler is? It is a series of magnets designed to periodically laterally deflect ('wiggle') a beam of charged particles! and a muff is a fashion accessory, usually of fur, for keeping the hands warm... therefore this site talks of furry nice synchrotrons"...

end of the questioning...

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Muff Wiggler offensive?!

Post by Enginear » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:32 am

I have frequently heard Steve Winwood's brother "Muff" being talked about on FM radio here in Canada.
Given what the CRTC (our bone-headed regulator) did to Dire Straights over Money for Nothing recently for its reference to a type of rustic English meatball, I can only conclude that Muff is not at all offensive!

Anyways, those that can be offended by a simple word have bigger problems than those that use the words, IMHO!!
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Post by doofa beena » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:55 pm

i always thought it was a reference to the female anatomy,
seeing as how there are so many cats around here!!
caught the bug

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Post by budz » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:39 pm

I say go with the muff. It's more comical than offensive.. it reminds me of a game in a certain comedy series called 'cock muff bumhole', kinda like scissors/paper/stone but a bit more amusing :party:

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Well really...

Post by legionhwp » Thu May 19, 2011 7:31 pm

Well historically EH was pretty much B@lls in your face un-PC so if the name of the forum is based on that then I think the question kind of answers itself.

The twist comes in the nostalgia of naming this site in the 2000s after a 1970s effect pedal (back when man was analog and times were good for it). So in a way using a potentially "offensive" name taken from a time that conjures up such warm and fuzzy memories for electronic music freaks is actually kind of sweet now.

FWIW my ex stole all my comics and pins from my way huge pedals because she just loved that we geeks called pedals names like a "Swollen Pickle" or "Fat Sandwich" let alone a Big Muff Pi. Or "Way Huge" for that matter :)
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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu May 19, 2011 7:45 pm

^^^^^^ this

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Post by bar|none » Thu May 19, 2011 7:54 pm

Lock the thread we are done here. :lol:

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Post by rico loverde » Thu May 19, 2011 8:02 pm

its refreshing to me to see a bit of humor. I personally don't understand how its degrading to women. both men and women have muff, and both could wiggle their muffs. although i think men can probably wiggle a little better :hihi: , well maybe more is the better word. :hmm:

maybe im missing something but i don't really get the offensiveness of it. i live in a town that prides itself on being pc and honestly as much as i believe in political correctness i get tired of it being shoved down my throat.

i think it is a perfect name soley based on the fact that it shows we have a sense of humor here. life is too short to take so serious. were playing with synths not saving the world.
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Post by Babaluma » Thu May 19, 2011 8:38 pm

i used to find it offensive but i grew to love it.


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Post by whitewulfe » Thu May 19, 2011 11:04 pm

At first I was all "whuuuh?", then when I spent some time around... I kinda laugh and whatnot about the name...

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Post by darwingrosse » Thu May 19, 2011 11:43 pm

It's a little hard when you are trying to reference material or community matters in an academic circle. I know most people don't give a fuck about that, but this has become one of the most significant locations for current modular system information - and the PC world of academics doesn't really care for it (or requires me to surround every discussion with a bunch of disclaimers...).

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Post by Muff Wiggler » Thu May 19, 2011 11:49 pm

darwingrosse wrote:and the PC world of academics doesn't really care for it
so in other words "it worked!!" :hihi:

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Band Name

Post by Fitvideo » Sat May 21, 2011 4:49 am

I was going to form a band called the Muff Pistols...might still do

not in the least bit offensive ... _pist.html

Always wanted to go on stage , and announce "we are the Muff Pistols"



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Questionable new title image

Post by arrmcbain » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:09 am

Love the forum name. It's funny and the origins sound innocent enough.

But the new image on the home page is a bit off. (the one with the guitar)

Maybe it was intended to be funny or ironic or whatever, but I think it's disrespectful towards women.

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Re: Questionable new title image

Post by JRock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:42 am

arrmcbain wrote:Love the forum name. It's funny and the origins sound innocent enough.

But the new image on the home page is a bit off. (the one with the guitar)

Maybe it was intended to be funny or ironic or whatever, but I think it's disrespectful towards women.
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Post by apertureburn » Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:10 am

at work when I have enough windows open and I'm on analog haven's sight, it just says "anal" in the taskbar.

between that and this site I've taken up changing browser tabs and minimizing quickly :)

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Post by ssilk » Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:20 pm

having read the origins of the name, I'm sorry to say that I was a little bit disappointed... I was always kind of hoping "muff" was some inside joke among modular enthusiasts, and I finally I was going to be in on it! dammit

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Post by notimeforlove » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:03 pm

The name doesn't bother me, but I usually refer to it as "Muff's Forum"

My Girlfriend snickers every time I say it.

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Post by Microscopial » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:34 pm

hey isnt it lucky you didnt go for muff diver, that might have got you in trouble lol and beaver snatcher may have been a bit more offensive,, but seriously if people who really have a very limited time on this world are worried about a name ,then what a waste of bloody oxygen, and they should crawl crawl crawl away you know where cheers ross :yay: :yay: :yay:

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Post by essex sound lab » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:42 pm

If I don't mention any posts from here or what's going on with you guys to my GF for awhile, she ultimately asks "Hey, have you been on Muff's lately?".

Hadn't ever occurred to me how funny that might sound to the uninitiated.

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Post by dslocum » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:10 pm

I want to vote for the last four out of six choices:

It's immature/stupid, but harmless
I don't care either way
It's pretty funny! But I see the other side as well
I think it rocks!

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Post by tehyar » Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:41 pm

And here I thought you just liked to twiddle the knobs on a fuzzy lowpass filter. Now I'm offended.

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