How to Explain Yourself

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September 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

bgdaa, this was great!!!

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYohance

So, is it pronounced "dah" or "bah"? Or "gah"?

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Yes.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

David- It's pronounced "Bgdaaaa" but one of the "a"s is silent.

You're welcome.

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Y

I prefer to use "BGDAAA" in conjunction with the interrobang, especially when filling out TPS reports.

Example:

Boss: Yeah. It's just we're putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that'd be great.
Me: BGDAA?!

September 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

The interrobang comment is great because, if the quote marks are to be believed, Scott punctuated BGDAAAA with a period on the form.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

If your employer were smart he would care about your emotions. He needs to keep those in check so that you never get too frustrated and show up with an AK47 and take him hostage, or get to enthusiastic and ambitious and try to take his job.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

Ahhh, another one of these great comics, ever since I figured you had a site, I check back daily for a new one. :)
Also, has everyone here followed an extra curriculum on advanced English during college or something? Or is that just me being a little overwhelmed by all the big words because English is not my primary language?
Anyway, great work, and I look forward to your next piece of comic art. :)

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

BGDAAAAA! awesome again.
i love that lowercase bgdaaa at the end.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInvisibleMoon

I just love that word, interrobang. So many uses, so little time.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

A new word enters the workplace lexicon. Fame and fortune sure to follow!
Use a a preemptive defense. Boss: I'd like you to.. Me: BGDAAA!

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikeV

Huh, apparently I've been spelling it wrong all this time. I thought it was "bgdaaah."

Phonics has failed me again!

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

yes, I did follow a course in advanced English. But I had to look up "Interrobang"! Never saw the term before!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana

We will now debate whether the interrobang is properly written as "?!" or "!?"

I favor the latter alternative.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRic Locke

So am I the only one who pronounced it like a chicken squawk?

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessiEeee!

I am dying to see a RJ-17 form. :D

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

Actually, interrobang is written ‽

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

I favor the "?!" form, as the interrobang is essentially symbolizing the phrase "What" (interrogative) "the f**k" (emphatic).

The "!?" variant seems to be posing the question "Should I be surprised (or outraged) by this?"

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Also, it's called an Interro (?) bang (!) so ?! is prolly the likely order, if you don't have knowledge of the nifty keystroke for a real one.

Awesome job, Scott! Every time, ya knock it outta tha park.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJay Spade

"BGDAAAA" is generallly set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or by a comma when the feeling's not as strong.
So when you're happy: "BGDAAAA",
or sad: "BGDAAAA",
or frightened: "BGDAAAA",
or mad: "BGDAAAA",
or excited: "BGDAAAA",
or glad: "BGDAAAA",
"BGDAAAA" starts a sentence right.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Martin

I think the interrobang - ?! - and the "bang-interro" - !? - convey two different type of inquiries, depending upon your actual belief and the level of your surprise. I've tried to follow the instructions but can't get my keyboard and software to create the actual ancient punctuation that surfaced and died decades ago.

The third panel is my favorite.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaymz

@Uncle Martin: Schoolhouse Rock FTW!

Allow me to continue...

Interjections "BGDAAAA!"
show excitement "BGDAAAA!"
or emotion "BGDAAAA!"
Hallelujah! "BGDAAAA!"
Hallelujah! "BGDAAAA!"
Hallelujah! "BGDAAAA!"

Hmm, I'm glad Scott is his own spam filter. I don't think there's anyway that would get through otherwise.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcus

So that's how you pronounce it!

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjcp

Not to forget that when boldface is not available, the exclamatory form is BGDAAAA -AAAA!.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

i feel so stoopid - i always pronounce it "dbgaaaa"

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwilwil

twenty-sixth!

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwilwil

Joris,
This comic appeals to smart people, so if you like this comic, you are smart, even in your second language.
The English-as-first-language crowd are enjoying the opportunity to speak freely without editing ourselves down to small words, as we have to do at work.

September 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Thank you for that Wiki link, Lisa.

Sweet.

Now I'm going to experiment with fonts . . .

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

In HTML, you can use ‽ to make one. That's what I did above. ‽

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

OMG... the comment is a classic, but I think I hurt myself laughing at the comments even more... thanks. I needed that.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

@Scott
BI is by far the best online comic in the world. You're like a Jedi Master of funny. You seriously need to teach someone to follow in your footsteps to keep this comic going until the world ends.

@TheMortallyWounded
BGDAAA, Interrobang and a quote from Office Space! You killed me.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereverlastinggaze

@ Uncle Martin

Darn! That's the end.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

I think someone already mentioned this, but I always read BGDAAAA as a chicken squawk.

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShabaLabaDingDong

was searching on google "how to explain yourself" and your comic came up - and i'm trying to create a comic to explain myself. anyway great comic. made me laugh and i needed it.

February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Meyer

Isn't that the noise Porky Pig makes at the close of those older Looney Tunes cartoons? You know....
BGDAAAA... BGDAAAA... BGDAAAA...That's all, folks!

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason Toddman

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