I've been reading the OTT since the beginning (although I have my own version of "intermittent schizoblitzing" - i.e., I occasionally resort to reading every 3rd page if I get too far behind). It seems that the steady flow of inline pictures of "molpies" has created new ruts on my cerebellum.
To wit: I was in the car with one of my younglings, waiting to turn out of a parking lot, when I see a cute furry mammal run alongside the road nearby. I very nearly blurted out, "Hey look at the cute molpy!"...
...except I realized I'd have to explain what a 'molpy' was. That would mean having to describe the OTT. And the culture here, and the OTC, and GLR, and there just wasn't enough Time! The youngling is going to have to, well, y'know.
I also realized I couldn't recall precisely where the term 'molpy' had come from anyway. After reviewing the OTW and such, here's a convenient history-storage-unit:
PacMan wrote:Looks like there's a mole coming out of the ground (mustard?)! Notice the difference between frame 1349 and 1350 on the right side of the image.
mscha wrote:OMR, is it ... could it be ... a Compy?
BlitzGirl wrote:This molpy is quite riverish: one-twentieth of a q high
Of course, the eventual Outside unveiling of 'molpies' is but delayed. I will have to explain 'molpy' sooner rather than later, and I'm sure the term is going to catch on with the younglings... and spreading from them, to their friends, and to their friends' friends, and then it'll be all over the schools, permeating the fabric as part of the new slang.
It doesn't hurt that the first image which comes back in a Google search for the term 'molpy' is a great "artist's rendition".