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What's Your Swinger Code?

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<I>(Inspired by <A HREF="http://www.geekcode.com/geek.html" TARGET=_blank>Geek Code</A> )</I>,

So you think you are a swinger, eh? The first step is to admit to yourself your swinginess. No matter what anyone says, swingers are people too; swingers have rights. So take a deep breath and announce to the world that you are a swinger. Your courage will give you strength that will last you forever. ,

How to tell the world you are a swinger, you ask? Use the universal Swinger code! Using this special code will allow you to let other un-closeted swingers know who you are in a simple, codified statement. ,

The single best way to announce your swingerhood is to add your swinger code to your signature file and announce it far and wide. But be careful, you may give other swingers the courage to come out of the closet. You might want to hang on to your copy of the code in order to help them along. ,

The swinger code consists of several categories. Each category is labeled with a letter and some qualifiers. Go through each category and determine which set of qualifiers best describes you in that category. By stringing all of these 'codes' together, you are able to construct your overall swinger code. It is this single line of code that will inform other swingers the world over of what a great swinger you actually are. ,

Some of the qualifiers will very probably not match with you exactly. It is impossible to cover all possibilities in each category. Simply choose that qualifier that most closely matches you. Also, some activities described in a specific qualifier you may not engage in, while you do engage in others. Each description of each qualifier describes the wide range of activities that apply, so as long as you match with one, you can probably use that qualifier. ,

Swingers can seldom be strictly quantified. To facilitate the fact that within any one category the swinger may not be able to determine a specific rating, variables have been designed to allow this range to be included. ,

Following is an example Swinger Code.,

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SS d s+:+ a- L+ Sh- F- M+ A++ Y+ W++++ r+ SC++++,
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@ ,
for this variable, said trait is not very rigid, may change with time or with individual interaction.,
() ,
for indicating "cross-overs" or ranges. @ is different from () in that () has finite limits within the category, while @ ranges all over. ,
> ,
for 'wannabe' ratings. Indicating that while the swinger is currently at one rating, they are striving to reach another. For ,

example, L++>$ indicating a swinger that is currently skilled at Lindy Hop, but wants to someday make money at it. ,
$ ,
Indicates that this particular category is done for a living. For example, Sh+++$ indicates that the person is an excellent shagger and gets paid for it. Quite a lucky swinger, for sure. ,
? ,
Unless stated otherwise within the specific category, the ? is placed after the category identifier and indicates that the swinger has no knowledge about that specific category. For example, a person that has never even heard of Yehoodi, would list their Yehoodi category as Y? ,
! ,
Placed BEFORE the category. Unless stated otherwise, indicates that the person refuses to participate in this category. This is unlike the ? variable as the ? indicates lack of knowledge, while the ! indicates stubborn refusal to participate. For example, !A would be a person that just plain refuses to have anything to do with alcohol, while A? would be a person that obviously never went to college. ,

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Types of Swingers,

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Swingers come in many flavors. The flavors relate to their preferred style. To start a code, a swinger must declare himself or herself to be a swinger. To do this, we start the code with a "S" to denote "SWINGER', followed by one or two letters to denote the swinger's style. Multi-talented swingers with more than one preferred style should denote their myriad of talents with a slash between each vocation (example: SS/SEC). ,

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SS --- Swinger of Savoy ,
SDC -- Swinger of Dean Collins ,
SH --- Swinger of Hollywood ,
SWC -- Swinger of West Coast Swing ,
SEC -- Swinger of East Coast Swing,
SC --- Swinger of Country Swing,

SO --- Swinger of Other. Some types of swingers deviate from the normal swing styles. This is encouraged as only through ,
experimentation and discovery do new styles emerge. ,
SU --- Swinger of 'Undecided'. This is a popular style with people who have taken one beginning lesson.,

S! --- Swinger with no style. A rather miserable existence, you would think. ,

SAS -- Swinger of All Styles. For those swingers that can do anything and everything. SAS usually precludes the use of other style descriptors. ,

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APPEARANCE,

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They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. ,
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Dress,
It is said that "clothes make the man". Well, I understood that I was made by a mommy and a daddy...maybe the people who made up that saying aren't being quite that literal... ,

d++ ,
I go all out in vintage wear. I own twelve zoot suits, and co-ordinate my dance shoes to match my pocketwatch chain. ,
d+ ,
I've got a watch chain and several pairs of spectators. ,
d ,
I dress like a Gap commercial. Khakis are my friend. ,
d- ,
I usually wear what I wore to work. ,
d-- ,
What's wrong with wearing jeans to the Willowbrook? ,
d--- ,
I am keepa. ,

dx ,
Cross Dresser ,
d? ,
I have no idea what I am wearing right now, let alone what I wear out dancing. ,
!d ,
Naked swing! ,

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Shape,
Swingers come in many shapes and sizes. Shape code is divided into two parts. The first indicates height, while the second ,
indicates roundness. Mix each section to fit yourself. Examples include: s:++, s++:, s++:--. ,

s+++:+++ ,
I usually have to duck through doors/I take up three movie seats. ,
s++:++ ,
I'm a basketball/linebacker candidate. ,
s+:+ ,
I'm a little taller/rounder than most. ,
s: ,
I'm an average swinger,
s-:- ,
I look up to most people. Everyone tells me to gain a few pounds. ,
s--:-- ,
I look up to damn near everybody. I tend to have to fight against a strong breeze. ,
s---:--- ,
I take a phone book with me when I go out so I can see to eat dinner. My bones are poking through my skin. ,

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Age,
The only way to become a true swinger is through practice and experience. You age, therefore, can be used as a barometer of ,
your swingerness. It also determines what venues you can get into. ,

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a+++ ,
60 and up ,
a++ ,
50-59 ,
a+ ,
40-49 ,
a ,
30-39 ,
a- ,
25-29 ,
a-- ,
20-24 ,
a--- ,
15-19 ,
a---- ,
10-14 ,
a----- ,
9 and under (Swinger in training?) ,

a? ,
immortal ,
!a ,
it's none of your business how old I am ,
In addition, if you wish to give your exact age, you can place the number after the 'a' identifier. For example: a42 ,

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DANCING,

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Granted, there are swingers who don't dance. They're called "loungers" or "scenesters" or "the people who keep the bar in business." But the vast majority of swingers are here for the dancing.,

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Lindy Hop,
Lindy is the dance that most swingers call their own. It may be Savoy, it may be Dean Collins, it may be drunken, but it's ,
all Lindy. Rate your Lindy expertise below.,

L++++ ,
I am Frankie Manning. ,
L+++ ,
I have achieved the Zen moment of a perfect swingout. ,
L++ ,
I'll occassionaly drop into Lindy on a club dance floor ,
L+ ,
I'm not perfect, but I can do a decent swingout. Circles still give me trouble though. ,
L,
Lindy's pretty cool. I know the basic. ,
L- ,
I hope to learn Lindy one day. ,
L-- ,
Lindy's the one where they go in circles, right? ,
L--- ,
"Quick-quick, slow, slow" ,

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Shag,
Shag is a quite popular dance, especially to the faster tempo songs. Some swingers are shag fanatics, others despise it. What do you think? ,

Sh++++ ,
I'm on the Chicago Shag team ,
Sh+++ ,
I'm shagadelic. I do the shag basic instead of aerobics when warming up in the gym. ,
Sh++ ,
I shagged with MissKitty once. And Trapper twice. ,
Sh+ ,
Shagging is a nice break from fast Lindy. ,
Sh ,
I know the basic step ,
Sh- ,
I don't have the cardiovascular endurance for shag. ,
Sh-- ,
Balboa all the way baby! ,
Sh--- ,
Austin Powers was a stupid movie. ,

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Footwear,
Shoes are obviously very important to dancers. There are various types of shoes worn for dancing, and it becomes almost a ,
religious thing.,

F+++ ,
I dance barefoot, to best communicate my art to the floor ,
F++ ,
I even chrome my ski boots ,
F+ ,
Blochs all the way, baby. Capezios are for poseurs ,
F,
Capezios all the way, baby. Bleyers are for poseurs,
F- ,
I've got these really cool two-tone Bleyers,
F-- ,
I dance in Doc Martens ,

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ENTERTAINMENT,

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Sometimes, swingers do things besides dance. And there's more to swinging than dancing, too.,

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Music,
Be in old school or neo, we're all here for the music. Dancing without music is just...stupid. ,

M+++ ,
I won't listen to anything that was recorded after 1950. All my swing albums are on vinyl. I won't listen to a band unless at ,
least 50% of their members played with Calloway/Darin/Basie,
M++ ,
Neo sucks. I'd rather listen to an old school CD than any of those crappy neo bands. ,
M+ ,
I prefer live music to a DJ, but only bands that play old charts. ,
M,
As long as it's loud, I don't really care. ,
M- ,
Given a choice, I'd prefer to hear something new and fresh like Royal Crown Revue. ,
M-- ,
I own the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy CD, but I don't listen to it that much. Anymore. Well, no more than once a week. ,
M--- ,
Cherry Poppin' Daddies rule! I love Brian Setzer! ,

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Alchohol,
Like it or hate it, drinking is part of swing dancing. Well, at least in Chicago. Some scenes abhor libations, while others ,
revel in it. ,

A++++ ,
I am MisterC ,
A+++ ,
I am a charter member of the ALH ,
A++ ,
I've had a shot jam. Houdini has bought me a beer. ,
A+ ,
I probably have a martini if I'm out dancing. ,
A ,
I'll have a drink every now and again when out. ,
A- ,
Dancers who drink are a danger to themselves and others. Keep away from me! ,
A-- ,
I am Jack from the Speakeasy. ,

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Yehoodi,
The website for the NY and TX swing scenes. Been around for a couple years. If you're a swing dancer and have a computer, a ,
login is pretty much required. ,

Y++++ ,
I am Jimmy Potzenpans,
Y+++ ,
I'm on Yehoodi 24/7. I have more posts that anyone else. My topics always have at least 200 replies. SwingE has personally ,
insulted me. ,
Y++ ,
I post about once a day. I was at the Y2A party. Frankyboy knows me personally.,
Y+ ,
Yehoodi is really useful. I think it's brought the scene closer together. ,
Y,
The calendar is helpful. Other than that, I don't get much into it. ,
Y- ,
Yehoodi is just a bunch of dorks thinking they're cool and funny. Pretty lame, if you ask me. I just wanna dance.,
Y-- ,
I am Marcus ,

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Windyhop,
The website for the Chicago scene. Populated by comments about Trapper's ass, the Chicken Buddha, and lots of poetry.,

W++++ ,
I am Mugsy Malone or Punches McGavin,
W+++ ,
I have so many posts that my threads are responsible for 90% of the server space on Windyhop. ,
W++ ,
I post about once a day. I was at the launch party. I've seen Trapper's ass in person.,
W+ ,
Windyhop is really useful. I think it's brought the scene closer together. ,
W,
The calendar is helpful. Other than that, I don't get much into it. ,
W- ,
Windyhop is just a bunch of dorks thinking they're cool and funny. Pretty lame, if you ask me. I just wanna dance.,
W-- ,
I am D_hopper,

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Relationships,
While many swingers are highly successful at having relationships, a good many more are not. Give us the gritty details. ,
r+++ ,
Found someone, dated, and am now married. ,
r++ ,
I've dated my current S.O. for a long time. ,
r+ ,
I date frequently, bouncing from one relationship to another. ,
r ,
I date periodically. ,
r- ,
I have difficulty maintaining a relationship. ,
r-- ,
People just aren't interested in dating me. ,
r--- ,
I'm beginning to think that I'm a leper or something, the way people avoid me like the plague. ,

!r ,
I've never had a relationship. ,
r* ,
signifying membership in the SBCA (Sour Bachelor(ette)'s Club of America). The motto is 'Bitter, but not Desperate'. First ,
founded at Catalina.,
r% ,
I was going out with someone, but the ******* dumped me.,
rd,
My current partner is someone I hooked up with via swing dancing. ,

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The Swinger Code,
SC+++++ ,
I am Mugsy Malone,
SC++++ ,
I have made a suggestion for future versions of the code (note that making a suggestion just to get a SC++++ rating doesn't ,
count, you also have to at least qualify for a SC+++ rating :-) ,
SC+++ ,
I have memorized the entire swinger code, and can decode others' codes in my head. I know by heart where to find the current ,
version of the code on the net. ,
SC++ ,
I know what each letter means, but sometimes have to look up the specifics. ,
SC+ ,
I was once SC++ (or higher), but the new versions are getting too long and too complicated. ,
SC,
I know what the swinger code is and even did up this code. ,
SC- ,
What a tremendous waste of time this Swinger Code is. ,
SC-- ,
Not only a waste of time, but it obviously shows that this Mugsy guy needs a life. <p>[This message has been edited by Mugsy Malone (edited November 21, 2000).]

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  • Post #1
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

Damn, Mugsy. Okay, I'll bite:,

SS/SO d+ s-:- a L++ Sh F M- A- Y+++ r++ SC

  • Joined 7/19/99
  • 499
  • Post #2
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

SS>SO !SWC d(++,-) s: a L++!$ Sh F-- M@ A++ Y W? SC-- <p>[This message has been edited by talaga (edited November 21, 2000).]

  • Joined 4/19/00
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  • Post #3
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

Mugs--,

You ROCK...freaking... this is soooo not my language though...I"ll put my code up in a few days... <IMG SRC="http://www.yehoodi.com/ubb/ubbhtml/biggrin.gif">

  • Joined 8/24/00
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  • Post #4
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

ss d s: a-- l++ sh f-- M++ a y+ W? r* sc--,

You have way too much time on your hands, and I am way too bored at work!,

  • Joined 2/1/00
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  • Post #5
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

Here is my code!!!,
ss > d++ (you forgot glam lindy)s: a--- Llll SH F+ M++ A- Y++ SC--

  • Joined 9/29/02
  • 8532
  • Post #6
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

I guess it was only a matter of time before one of these came up...I mean, Stephen Sondheim fans have a Sondheim code, for pete's sake. <IMG SRC="http://www.yehoodi.com/ubb/ubbhtml/smile.gif">,

SS/WC/EC d- s: L++ Sh+ F++ M A26 Y++ W r* SC+

  • Joined 4/19/00
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  • Post #7
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

here's mine, it wasn't as difficult as I thought:,

SAS/SS @d+ E-- s--:-- a27 ^oomph^ L+++ Sh++ B+++++ Q++ T++ F+ M+ A++ Y++ W++ r** SC+++.5,

The new version with blues, glam, and travel codes should be up right?<p>[This message has been edited by nuprin (edited November 21, 2000).]

  • Joined 9/16/99
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  • Post #8
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

SS d- E+++ s-:- a- L+++ Sh+ B+++ F++ !Q T+ M++ A (Y+++) r SC--<p>[This message has been edited by Erica (edited November 21, 2000).]

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  • Post #9
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

The most up-to-date version can be found <A HREF="http://www.windyhop.org/swingcode.htm" TARGET=_blank>here</A>,

Yes, Nupie dupie doo...it's got the blues and travel sections now.

We are the keepers of Funny, the Judges, the Whisperers. We are Superior Naysayers And Rebukers of Knavery. We are SNARK. - Boosh!

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  • Post #10
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

SS/SEC@ d+ s: a+ L+ Sh M A Y++ r SC++,
I think that's right.

Eli Eli
  • Joined 2/7/00
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  • Post #11
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

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S[S,DC,WCS] d- E++ s++:++ a-- L++ Sh+ B+++ F+ Q++ T++ M+ A Y+++ W--- r SC<p>[This message has been edited by Eli (edited November 24, 2000).]

  • Joined 4/19/00
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  • Post #12
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

I have a suggested revision. For attire, include a category for track pants & dri-fit, and a category for rave wear (phat pants, etc...),

  • Joined 10/27/00
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  • Post #13
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

SS>SAS except country swing d+ s: a-- L++ Sh F+ M+ A Y r++ SC--,

This is SICK

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  • Post #14
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Phlurg:,
<B>I have a suggested revision. For attire, include a category for track pants & dri-fit, and a category for rave wear (phat pants, etc...),

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the track pants category is there, it's just in code (ha ha): d--- I am keepa (peter betbasoo),

The rave wear delineation is sorely lacking.,

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SS>SAS d- E++ s+:- a@19 L++>L+++ Sh+ B+++(+) F+ Q++ T+ M+ A Y+ W++ r* SC++,

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  • Post #15
  • Originally posted Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

As one who enjoys paradoxes....,

!SC

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  • Post #16
  • Originally posted Wednesday, November 22, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

AEIOU OU812 <IMG SRC="http://www.yehoodi.com/ubb/ubbhtml/cool.gif">

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  • Post #17
  • Originally posted Wednesday, November 22, 2000 (Over 10 years ago)

Sheesh, I haven't seen one of these since I was in Animaniacs fandom!!! it's been a long time, so I think I'll bite. <IMG SRC="http://www.yehoodi.com/ubb/ubbhtml/smile.gif">,

SS SEC d E+ s-: a--- L+ F M++ A- Y+ W--- r! SC,

ahh, what memories.....

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