How to Deal with Someone You Have Offended

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"You're not offering any evidence to the contrary."
Brilliant! I'm going to steal that one.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

Hi Scott, I love panel 2 for the american stereotype and like most Australians i rode my kangaroo to work this morning after feeding my pet koala. Keep up the good work mate.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimmy G

You're not offering any evidence to the contrary.... LOVE IT!
Pure gold, Mr. Meyer, pure gold.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

"Another" has three syllables.

I love this stuff.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNysssa

You owe me a monitor. Ratio. Man that's funny.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoeB

If you actually pronounce ratio as three syllables I would hate you too.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarkus Saers

Another has three syllables. *facepalms*

Then again, maybe he thinks it's two words, 'a nother'.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Ah, this is why I love BI. Scott, you make me laugh every time. Although I must request that you acquiescent from ripping on our large and inefficient cars (inefficient has four syllables), I happen to have aqquired multiple ones that are driven with great gusto.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjake

Actually, virtually everyone I've ever had get mad at me for using big words was British. Or at least Canadian. It's hard to tell which dialect that spells things the Commonwealth way is being used, online.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

Redneck dictionary

Ratio. ones choice of nascar viewing entertainment

As in "What ratio gonna watch Sunday?"

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMister Tee

Inefficient has 4!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClive

Markus Saers how would you pronounce ratio without three syllables?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpasserby

As Louis B. Mayer once said: "I can answer that in two words - im possible."

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

Actually, in studies of writing, people will think you are *less* intelligent if you use too many big words (9 letters or more long) [1].
It has something to do with the ease people can understand you. Apt word choice beats ponderous vocabulary propensities not withstanding the appropriateness.

References:
[1] D. M. Oppenheimer (2006). "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly," Appl. Cognit. Psychol. 20 : 139–156

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertimbo

Hmm, so people from Oregon must pronounce it "ray-she-oh" instead of "ray-sho" like normal folk. Well, my dictionary does give that as an alternate pronunciation.

Hat guy reminds me a bit of someone I knew who kidded me about using all "them three dollar words", only with him it was just kidding.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

"Ratio" has three syllables? What is your fasinat-i-on with contravers-i-al pronunciat-i-ons?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterILookLikeComicScott

"When my big ol' car can't climb that hill
I'll write a suicide note on a hundred dollar bill"

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

Of all the possible pronunciation issues, we never would have thought that a three-syllable "ratio" would be controversial. It must be a regional thing -- we're both from Washington, and have never heard a two-syllable version before in our lives. My brain can't quite wrap around the ray-show version; it sounds completely wrong compared to ray-shee-oh.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMissy

Why yes, "dumber" DOES have fewer syllables than "stupider"!

"Derp" has even less.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

how about two-and-a-half for ratio? "raysh-yo" (you kinda have to spill it all together, and no, I did NOT mean "altogether")

also, @ILookLikeComicScott, "...tion" really CAN'T be separated, but "...sial" MUST be. Because of the "sh" vs. "see-ah" sounds therein. You know, for the kids.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

"Ratio" has 3 syllables in Boston too.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEli

I'm from the UK and can't even imagine how to pronounce ratio with two syllables. I'm currently muttering it repeatedly under my breath and frowning. I look like a lunatic.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClarrie

"And another thing" ... let us know when it occurs to him that "another" is also trisyllabic. So it's not the syllable count, nor* even the ratio. It's just that he's a dick.

*Yes, I know, he'll object to "nor" as well.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Another winner.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

"Ratio" and "family" both have two syllables. ("Ray-show" and "fam-lee.") Anybody who says them with more is putting on airs.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

@Missy "Ray-show." And I spelled fascinat-i-on wrong. Stupid smartphones.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterILookLikeComicScott

@Dan: Great line from a great song written by a great Scotsman.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Pennsylvania casts its ballot for "ray-shee-oh" -- the two syllable version sounds like the subject for a "How to sound like a rube" BI.

Do people who say "ray-sho" also listen to the "ray-doh?"

And this is not original but... don't you just love the irony of the word "monosyllabic"

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermstrange

Canadian here. Never heard ray-show.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue Dunham

My wife had a friend who got in a tizzy because she used the word "autumnal". My wife had to explain it came from the word "autumn" to which she was asked why she couldn't say "fall". My wife let it go before it rolled into an argument over parts of speech.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

@Nonsensicles:
Scott is comparing between "furthermore" against "and another thing". Yes, including the "and" and "thing". In total, "and another thing" has 5 syllables, more than "furthermore"

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Syllable has 3 .. um .. syllables ...

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Maybe ray-she-oh is a pacific northwest thing, but having also lived in the rocky mountains, the south and the eastern US, I can say I've never heard it pronounced ray-sho.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermisterpold

Hmm, maybe pronouncing it rashe-yo would work.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermisterpold

My mind is permanently warped on the discovery that ratio is pronounce by some people with only 2 syllables. Who knew?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

We say ray-shee-oh in Alberta.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpeck

Agreed Missy. RAY-she-oh definitely sounds more correct than Ray-show. That just rolls off the tongue oddly.

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

Speaking as someone from Chicago, I've always said "ray-she-oh." I do get indignant when people use "times" or "minus" as a verb, though!

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrGuy

I, for one, am disappointed that you did not include the word "iota" in this comic. :-)

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraphoid

I'm from VA, but live in TN - and I'd say it ray-shee-oh, too. My Mississippi friend also says ray-shee-oh. What region would say it ray-show?

March 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaddie

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