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.

  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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