Speaking of linguistics. . . .

Here’s today’s xkcd, called the “Wrong Superhero”. I had to have Matthew explain it to me, as I didn’t get it immediately. I suspect others will.

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24 Comments

  1. dargndorp
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    For what it’s worth, this particular strip isn’t today’s strip by about 600 strips.

    It’s good though.

    Btw, the mouseover text is “Hi! Someone call for me? I’m a superhero who specializes in the study of God’s creation of Man in the Book of Genesi– HOLY SHIT A GIANT BUG!”

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      Well the cartoon suggests Etymology Man, of course.

      But the mouseover text suggests [something else I can’t call to mind right now]. Drat.

      cr

  2. Andrew B.
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I divide my life into two phases-before I understood the difference between those two terms and after. It has been like night and dei.

  3. Posted March 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    what do i win if i got it immediately? (hint, see: word history)

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Ha! I got it too because I’m a big geek with languages.

  4. Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Me too! It’s a relief to once in awhile have some scientific words I know the meaning of.

  5. Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Hint: the speaking character is the summoned superhero, and reveals his superpowers by what he does, which is, as the title gives away the “wrong” kind of superhero one.

    • rickflick
      Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      *slap*
      Thanks…I needed that.

    • Posted March 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      Ah! :->

  6. E.A. Blair
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Old linguistics department joke:

    Q: What’s the difference between an entomologist and an etymologist?

    A: An entomologist studies bugs; an etymologist is someone who can tell you the difference between an entomologist and an etymologist.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 5, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      And bugs people when they do. 🙂

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know the etiology of the confusion between etymology and entomology?

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

      I hope you teleology. 😀

      • JohnnieCanuck
        Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

        Likewise. His mind is a wonder to behold in what it is capable of. He is nothing like any other geek I have ever met. I know people who use C++ and Emacs and no, you can’t actually use their keyboard layouts, but even so, not in his league.

        • JohnnieCanuck
          Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

          Actually a reply to 8. Don’t even have a Dvorak layout as an excuse for my confusion.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 6, 2017 at 2:51 am | Permalink

      I think it goes way back to embryology.

      Meanwhile, at least they didn’t summon Eschatology Man.

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted March 6, 2017 at 5:05 am | Permalink

        Eschatology? Is that a variant of scatology but dealing with a more limited subset of bullshit?

        • HaggisForBrains
          Posted March 6, 2017 at 7:07 am | Permalink

          +1

        • Diane G.
          Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:36 am | Permalink

          Literal lol!

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted March 6, 2017 at 9:29 am | Permalink

        Ewww, because some would take umbrage at that embryology. 🙂

        • Diane G.
          Posted March 7, 2017 at 1:42 am | Permalink

          They can just stick their heads up their enterology…

  8. Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see another XKCD fan! I love his strips.

  9. Posted March 6, 2017 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    xkcd is awesome. I finally supported the author by buying his _What If_ book.


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