How to Express Yourself Forcefully

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Reader Comments (28)

Ah, the old Twiki gambit. Diabolical in its simplicity.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

Awesome again

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheo

wow, i am so gonna use the panel 1 trick at work. contradictory orders, how do you come up with this comedic gold!!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblarg honk

Another argument won by the legacy of Mel Blanc!

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

nice. I like the self-mockery!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreader

I love the look of joy on Scott's face in panel 4, it contrasts nicely with all the anger in the comic.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I didn't really get this one, but the last panel was golden.
Duct tape is still silver.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterplooperz

And once again, we see the power of nerdiness to get things done.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Fun! I'm beginning to feel like I check this site too often...

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnde

I would argue that the difference between immediately and now is slight.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul_Bags

Dr. Theopolis was SO much cooler!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

Nice job on panels 2-4, but I don't get the first one. How is "immediately" any different from "now"? Maybe it's some sort of regional definition difference?

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

I was confused by the now/immediately thing too. Is it like the UK/US difference in the meaning of "momentarily" (resp. very soon / for a very short time)?

On the other hand, "THAT'S WHY I ASKED!" - megaLOLs

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I didn't get that either.
I even looked up the dictionary definition of "immediately" to say if there was some incredibly subtle, often overlooked distinction.
Still don't get it...

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhewhosaysfish

Gotta love Twiggy!

Interesting side not, according to a movie database website there was a 1950's version of Buck Rogers :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

The difference between "now" and "immediately" is immaterial. The point is the use of confusion by the underling, sometimes referred to as passive aggresive behavior. My state of confusion all day is evidence that it works for teenagers as well as employees.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

"Right away" might be better than "immediately". But still an excellent comic. Loved it.


February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStarFleetCaptain

If you really want to annoy, use the Twiki voice from the first couple of season 2 episodes. Weird. Then, suddenly, like we wouldn't notice, they get Mel Blanc back to voice that ambuquad again!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Mr. Bags, if you wish to argue that the difference between now and immediately is slight we can do that. I will put the task of filling out the RJ-17 on hold while I prepare my side of the argument. When shall we hold this argument? I can try to fit you in next week.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

The last panel is perfect. If anyone quotes Twiki at me, I will force feed them my telephone, Buck.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

As a wise man once said, THE DETAILS ARE NOT IMPORTANT!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

"Words are just an invitation; actions are the party" -- I am SO stealing that! :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOlie

The Oxford English Dictionary definition of "now" includes the following: "In the time directly following on the present moment; immediately, at once."

In the strictest sense, "now" would mean "at the same time as I am saying this"; obviously that's not possible in response to a command, so it means "with no delay between my saying this and your starting to do it," which is what "immediately" means.

That is not, of course, the real main point of the cartoon, but just for those who are confused about the difference -- the real difference is just the different effect of the sounds and usage patterns of the two words. "Immediately" is like sweeping your hand through the air; "now" is like stabbing the air with your finger.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersesquiotic

Immediately means without delay. Now means now. There's a world of difference between "right this second" and "first chance you get".

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

Help me out here. I trying to imagine how this dialogue sounded. Did Twiki have the girly voice like in the TV series, or was it the manly midget "freezing my ball bearings off" voice from the movie?

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr. D

One could argue semantically that "immediately" refers to sometime in the future, with that future having nothing between it and the present: "Without lapse of time; with no object or space intervening."

While "now" refers to sometime in the present, already taking place: "In the present time or moment."

Granted, these are very selective definitions, as both can be defined as "at once, without delay"; but some of the artistry comes relying on those --possible-- nuanced meanings.

And as others mentioned, sometimes it doesn't matter: just confusing the boss is the point. :-)

---All definitions ruthlessly taken out of context from

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAurelea

Aw, I actually like Twiki. Had it at work for a while. I don't know that it's "cool," but it was way better than what they eventually replaced it with (especially since a lot of what I'd done to make the pages look nice got ruined in the conversion).

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Thanks for getting "me neither" right. Too many people say "me either" which, of course, is just wrong.

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIvan
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