How to Avoid Misunderstandings

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german = love it!!

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKait

Scott,
Your comics have been hilarious recently. Also, just out of curiosity do you read XKCD?

Note from Scott: Occasionally. Brilliant stuff. I also like Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Dinosaur Comics.

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Tee hee elderly bear gums

November 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPluh

"when you start getting cold" - brilliant double meaning!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStorm

My favorite German compound word is katzenmusik = caterwauling.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Absolutely brilliant in every panel. The joke about German words is priceless.

On another note, the issue I had with Firefox is gone. Yay!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I'm a German and I approve this message!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFiremeier

There's a reason those German words are so long -- they're usually just several words smashed together.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTKDB

Not in this cartoon but previously. This is gonna freak you out Scott.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9644000/9644002.stm

Note from Scott: Thanks for the link, and HOW DARE YOU?!

I know it's sort of a pointless way to start a sentence, but I am constantly fighting a two-front war. On one hand I'm trying to keep the sentences as short as I can. On the other I'm trying to write the way people actually talk. Often, throwing a "so" on the front of a sentence makes it sound less like caveman talk.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermikebowneng@hotmail.com

Mullet-Boss is a therapeutic genius: notice how cheerful Scott looks in panel 4.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJL

LOL....yes, getting gummed to death by an elderly bear pretty well describes my life. Thanks, I needed the chuckle.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan314

The word will doubtless be, as Scott says, the lenght of several ordinary words. It will also be a verb, possibly translatable as:

"to-experience-pain,-monotony,-humiliation-and-a-myriad-of-other-unpleasant-emotions-akin-to-those-likely-to-be-suffered-when-being-gummed-to-death-by-an-elderly-flatulent,-obese-and-arthritic-bear-with-halitosis-and-a-tendency-to-belch-in-one's-face"

The declension is as follows:

"I-experience-pain,-monotony,-humiliation-and-a-myriad-of-other-unpleasant-emotions-akin-to-those-likely-to-be-suffered-when-being-gummed-to-death-by-an-elderly-flatulent,-obese-and-arthritic-bear-with-halitosis-and-a-tendency-to-belch-in-my-face""

"You-experience-pain-monotony etc" Oh, stuff this for a game of soldiers - life's too short for German words.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Panels 3 and 4 reek of awesome.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

Last frame was genius.. Yet again :)

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy

Krappenjobanboss sounds about right

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Counterproductive is as long as several words ... but I guess you already knew that; no you!

Last frame is the winner in my books though :)

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

Panel 4 will be used on a "guest" on Thanksgiving! THANK YOU SCOTT!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

My grammar is not good enough to give a Gerrman translation, but in Swedish the feeling would be "gammelbjörnsihjälsgnagad" with overtones of "tjatplågsskam". Useful to know.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinkan

Good work, Scott!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterACC

So, if the Borg existed during the run of "Duchess" Archer on ENTERPRISE, then V'Ger couldn't have . . . what? That was yesterday? Oh, sorry.


Ha! This was great. I "ell oh elled" at the first panel, and things went up from there. Love it.

Hope you, your family, and all your readers have a great holiday, Scott.

Note from Scott: Thanks, and just to put this point to rest, the Borg have demonstrated the ability to go back in time to assimilate species when it was easier (much like I'm going back to yesterday's argument). Essentially, the Borg could be created at any time, even thousands of years after Picard dies. This is why Time Travel is such a narrative problem.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Please can we have "ask Lt Pike"?

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternoparadise

Reading this makes me think of a German word- schadenfreude- which loosely translates as "happiness at the misfortune of others"

Presumably looking in reverse the word could be Freudenschade- happiness everyone else has it better than me

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBig Dan

I laughed at Every. Single. Panel.
Happy Thanksgiving, you've earned it!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan M.

Actually, fruedenshade would be unhappiness at the happiness of others.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryan314

"Freudenschade", if it was a Word, would probably mean "damage caused by happiness". Which makes a weird kind of Sense. Depending on the Source of said Happiness, e.g. Alcohol.

Also, it looks interesting when you capitalize Nouns in English.

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRudi

Gah! I meant "unhappiness everyone else has it better than me"

If I were Borg I'd be able to go back and retype it.

Given I lack a deflector dish to whip up some tachyon particles I'll hang my head in shame instead. I never understood why, given a deflector dish on an inverse setting did so much why they wouldn't run it that way all the time.

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBig Dan

Counterproductive! I love it.

November 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Dinosaur Comics are mint, as well as BI.

November 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusieMacEsq

"Counterproductive" FTW!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwfeline

Schadenfreude

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDestructicon

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