What Is 'Clownshoes' In Online Jargon?

What Are 'Clownshoes' in Online Jargon?
What Are 'Clownshoes' in Online Jargon?. Tarna / Getty

Question: What Is 'Clownshoes'? What Does Clownshoes Mean?

Answer: 'Clownshoes' or 'clown shoes' is a form of mockery.

Clownshoes means that something or someone is laughable or absurd, and not to be taken seriously. The expression comes from the preposterous costume shoes.

An Example of clownshoes usage: 

  • (Svend) What the hell kind of movie is this?
  • (Andy) You said you liked science fiction!
  • (Svend) Dude, this movie is total clownshoes. This is the lamest acting and the cheesiest special effects ever.
  • (Andy) Ok, do you have another suggestion?
  • (Svend) Yeah, call Kari and Tuan and let's just go for Paintnite at the pub. Much better than this crappy movie.

A Second example of clownshoes usage: 

  • (first user) And furthermore, there is no scientific proof that texting while driving actually contributes to car collisions. The only thing we've proven is that cell phones are now blamed more for the same number of accidents on the road.
  • (second user) Are you actually trying to defend texting while driving?
  • (first user) I'm saying that the evidence proves that car crashes have not increased since cell phones came into the scene.
  • (second user) Your argument is complete clownshoes, and you need to have your head examined. You probably think the world is flat, too.

Other examples of clownshoes usage:

  • This meeting is clown shoes.  Why the heck do they invite us to these things when we should be doing our jobs instead?
  • The cop who gave me a ticket was a total clown shoe.  He said I was doing 5 mph over the speed limit, which he 'estimated' by watching me.
  • The guy who started this thread is clownshoes. I can't believe you people are buying this crap.
  • Dude, you've gone total clown shoes. Do yourself a favor and stop drinking before you completely embarrass yourself.
  • What a waste of time. The store manager was total clownshoes about my complaint. Let's go.
  • This mobile app is total clownshoes.  It doesn't even sync when you press the sync button.  Don't install this piece of crap!

The clownshoes expression, like many cultural curiosities and memes of the Internet, is a part of modern English communication. Read more Internet abbreviations and shorthand expressions...

RELATED: more modern internet memes are listed here.

How to Capitalize and Punctuate Web and Texting Abbreviations: 

Capitalization is a non-concern when using text message abbreviations and chat jargon. You are welcome to use all uppercase (e.g. ROFL) or all lowercase (e.g. rofl), and the meaning is identical. Avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase, though, as that means shouting in online speak.

Proper punctuation is similarly a non-concern with most text message abbreviations. For example, the abbreviation for 'Too Long, Didn't Read' can be abbreviated as TL;DR or as TLDR. Both are acceptable format, with or without punctuation.

Never use periods (dots) between your jargon letters. It would defeat the purpose of speeding up thumb typing. For example, ROFL would never be spelled R.O.F.L.

, and TTYL would never be spelled T.T.Y.L. 

Recommended Etiquette for Using Web and Texting Jargon 

Knowing when to use jargon in your messaging is about knowing who your audience is, knowing if the context is informal or professional, and then using good judgment. If you know the people well, and it is a personal and informal communication, then absolutely use abbreviation jargon. On the flip side, if you are just starting a friendship or professional relationship with the other person, then it is a good idea to avoid abbreviations until you have developed a relationship rapport.

If the messaging is in a professional context with someone at work, or with a customer or vendor outside your company, then avoid abbreviations altogether.

Using full word spellings shows professionalism and courtesy. It is much easier to err on the side of being too professional and then relax your communications over time than doing the inverse.

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