When your baby is called “Atari” !
When you’re PROUD that your baby ate all the stones.
When, in a pub after a tournament, you persuade the person next to you to play 9 x 9 with no stones and no board. Pointing out the placement of the imaginary stones on the table. “First move is tengen”.
Most pubs have a chess board somewhere which makes a perfect 9x9
You know, I can more or less imagine a baby actually saying oshitsubushi. It might take a while, but if the kid hangs in there it just might happen. The pronunciation would probably leave something to be desired, but that could be overlooked.
When any teaser as “361 blink, blink” it’s about Go!
…you’re playing Tetris, and you refer to some non-obvious good play (like using an L block so that it makes two non-sequential lines) as a “tesuji”.
… when you sneak out of important meetings at work because your correspondence opponent made a move
… when people at work starts asking you about your stomach problems because you run to the toilet every time there is a new correspondence move
… when you hear a non-go playing colleague say “we can’t tenuki now” in a meeting
… when you write your own app for the mac touch bar to be notified about new forum posts on ogs
… when you rush back home and cancel your night out because Cornel went live on twitch
… when you have to upgrade your cell phone plan with more data so that you can watch twitch on the go
… when you find yourself trying to avoid upper-case Ls in your sentences
When you scour Asian art museums for any mention of the game of Go.
Counting territory on your salami pizza toppings!
You hate this god damn game, but keep playing because you love it.
After a game with a friend, he unsuccessfully tries to convince you that “there is no such thing a Sente or Tenuki”, because “this is CHESS goddammit!”.
“Everything in excess; moderation is for monks!”
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - William Blake
When you start to “forget” boards and stones in nearby guesthouses or bars/tea houses. Well they could be more useful there at least.
Which may come with teaching the game to the owner, waitress and the cleaning woman.
When the only clever and enjoyable gift you want to offer at every Christmas/birthday/anniversary let it be the 50 years of wedding of your aunt or a new addition in the neighbors family has to be a go set.
…when your main reason to start new hobbies(poker, chess, running, etc)/try new activities is to improve yourself for studying go.
…when you find it difficult to take a hiatus (for the sake of improving upon return) because you’re not sure what you’ll do with your time if you aren’t playing go.