I'm going to contribute to the rebus craze with one I invented some years ago.

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What phrase does this picture represent?

  • $\begingroup$ Please direct meta comments to this meta question. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Jon I've now replaced the picture with a line of text representing exactly the same thing, so no more NSFW worries! Hope this is OK. $\endgroup$ Mar 15, 2015 at 0:00
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    $\begingroup$ So I was the only one who thought the picture meant "Jamie Hyneman is an ass"? Oh well. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Lister
    Mar 27, 2015 at 13:45

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The French word for ass is CUL. An ass with a beret and French-style moustache is fairly strongly hinting at looking for a word relating to ass and certainly hints that we want something French. we have:


This is SMS-speak for:

SEE YOU LATER :D bye bye! tata! aufwiedersehen!

  • $\begingroup$ Well done my friend! You get one of my last few votes of the day. Could you explain a little more about where CUL comes from? $\endgroup$ Mar 10, 2015 at 22:08
  • $\begingroup$ you want me to explain the etymology of CUL? I.e. from Latin culus meaning "ass"? $\endgroup$
    – d'alar'cop
    Mar 10, 2015 at 22:19
  • $\begingroup$ Now I'm wondering about the loanword "cul-de-sac". Etymologies tell me "cul" is just "bottom", but the shape makes me wonder. $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Mar 11, 2015 at 0:36
  • $\begingroup$ @xnor the collective human mind is a weird thing... who really knows anything $\endgroup$
    – d'alar'cop
    Mar 11, 2015 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ Can also be SMS'd as (_._)8R $\endgroup$
    – Florian F
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:50

This answer is probably wrong, but I will try anyway:

The (controversial) picture:

"French ass" sounds very close to "Friend chess".

And about the 8 R:

"Eight Er" sounds very close to "Hater".

So this is:

Friend chess hater which could also mean cheater.

  • $\begingroup$ You're quite a long way off with this one, I'm afraid. It's nothing to do with chess! (BTW, is Gilles French?) $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 10:11
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, had you noticed you have exactly 2015 rep atm? $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Yeah, the 2015 is cool. :) $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 17:49

The Urban dictionary has a slightly rude page on derogatory terms for French citizens, with the example sentence "Those damn frog-eating asshats smell like rotten twats". The above rebus consists of

  • an ass wearing a French beret and a mustache as in the old French movies
  • the digit 8
  • the letter R

Putting these three things together, I get FROG (derogatory term for French), plus EAT (perhaps close enough to EIGHT), plus ER (lose enoogh to R). All in all, my guess would therefore be that the rebus depicts a FROG EATER.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid you're not quite right, but some of your ideas are good. What sounds even more like EIGHT than EAT does? (The rebus isn't saying anything rude about French people!) $\endgroup$ Mar 10, 2015 at 22:06

This back part of the body camouflaged itself quite well, still we can see it's an arse.

Using the letters 'A', 'S', and 'S' or 'A', 'R', 'S' and 'E' in combination with '8' and 'R' leads towards


Translating those with the help of the alphabet turns into '1 19 19 8 18' or '1 18 19 5 8 18'.

Adding those numbers up results in 65 or 51. Deal with it.

Anyway, those numbers give me nothing.

On the other hand, "8R" i.e. "EIGHT AR" sounds like "HATER" or "EATER".

Now we could go for ASSHOLE and HATER. History has it, that some riddlers here are strongly opposed by the mods. Therefore the rebus could be some kind of goodbye message for the mods. I.e. describing them as the assholes and haters they like to be (from a riddler point of view).

However, by looking closely at colours, we can see that the characters '8' and 'R' are all black. Another thing that's black, is the moustache
(whereass the hat and the body part were coloured in many hues).

If you tried to find a letter that looks like the moustache, you'd probably find the letter 'W'.

Combining it with the other letters gives you 'W', '8' and 'R'.
In other words:


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    $\begingroup$ I'm afraid most of this is way off. You're closest with the middle part though. $\endgroup$ Mar 10, 2015 at 22:07

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