Sure innuendo is common with "the poke", and people may use it for other than what it is intended, but nothing is that clear cut...at least not on Facebook. Some believe that there is a sexual connotation involved with its use, but since it is just a simple word with admittedly much hyperbole I still cannot understand how some make it more than what it actually is... "to poke". Before Facebook it meant to:
poke 1 (pōk)v. poked, pok·ing, pokes
1. To push or jab at, as with a finger or an arm; prod.
2. To make (a hole or pathway, for example) by or as if by prodding, elbowing, or jabbing: I poked my way to the front of the crowd.
3. To push; thrust: A seal poked its head out of the water.
4. To stir (a fire) by prodding the wood or coal with a poker or stick.
5. Slang To strike; punch.
Thanks to: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/poke
The official definition from Facebook themselves is:
"What is a poke? How do I poke someone?People poke their friends or friends of friends on Facebook for a lot of reasons (ex: just saying hello, getting their attention). When you poke someone, they'll receive a notification.
- Go to your friend's Timeline
- Click on their cover photo
- Select Poke"
Many seem to make it up as they go, all the rules for Facebook, and I have been on FB for several years now and I suppose there is much to learn. But I refuse to imagine things that are so ridiculous.
It would seem odd to me, being a heterosexual longtime happily married woman that so many women seem to poke me that it would be for anything other than to get me to look at their timeline postings, not for sex, at least that would be a dead end for them in my case. My profile states my personal info, and married is there too.
Although, there have also been a couple of men who have poked me as well, but I never once took their pokes for anything more than to get my attention to see something that they may have posted on their timeline.
Lately, I seem to have been noticed by two women that have too much time on their hands that they poke me all day long and I must admit it is a bit annoying.
I finally asked the one gal if she was retired too, who was relentless, why and she declined a direct answer or any definitive answer at all on that particular question.
The other one I haven't asked yet, since hers is not so constant.
But somehow I feel there is more to it with these women who are young and gainfully employed me would think? Why would they waste so much time annoying an older woman with such silliness; for the fun of it?
Well, if that's it than I suppose I am acting like an old curmudgeon, who somehow I wanted to grow into since I sadly have the characteristics down fairly pat in so many areas.
On that confused note of all that we FB friends hold near and dear, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and let me ask all of you to kindly count all your blessings and we will too!
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!