Towards a General Theory of Kitten Kawaii-itude:
- Younger is cuter than older.
- Sleeping is cuter than awake.
- Sleeping on back is cuter than sleeping on stomach.
- Glowing eyes are not cute.
- Being in some object (bag, sink, bowl, under blanket, etc.) is cute.
- Two kittens are cuter than one.
- Fluffy is cute, hairless (i.e., Sphinx) is not cute.
- Typical proportion of body parts is cute, unusual proportion of body parts (e.g., Devon Rex) is not cute (cf. the 'uncanny valley').
- White is cute, black is cute, tabby is cute, calico is cute, orange tabby is neutral, Siamese is neutral, tortoiseshell is not cute.
- 'Smiling' is cute, yawning is cute, licking nose with tongue is not cute, 'frowning' is not cute.
- Kittens in well-lit, properly-focused photographs with a normal color histogram, who fill most of the frame and whose entire faces are visible, are cuter than kittens who own crappier photographers.
These are not necessarily what I consider cute, but what I observe that others consider cute.
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(noun) board for playing shogi
|Left radical is 'wood' (木). Right was originally a pictograph of a 'winnowing device', which acts phonetically to express 'little'. The reference is to the 'little wooden' pieces of a game-playing set. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Play with wooden chess pieces while winnowing.'|