The Language of Words

August 8, 2008

22 Comments

  1. Um… Just what is Miya’s sexuality anyway? She gets sorta creepy at times… XD

    Comment by Sean — August 8, 2008 @ 3:59 am

  2. I can just picture the vowels raining down from the heavens for her

    Comment by Mike — August 8, 2008 @ 4:06 am

  3. Miya’s face/eyes look a wee bit weird in the last panel. To me anyways. Good work nonetheless, keep it up. ^^

    Comment by Ivo — August 8, 2008 @ 4:10 am

  4. Ivo, you notice the same Soulless look? Because of the lack of light reflecting from her eyes in that panel?

    Comment by Sean — August 8, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  5. Wow, what an articulated perspective of the English language

    Comment by Gabe Puratekuta — August 8, 2008 @ 6:04 am

  6. To be precise, English is the most complicated and expansive language currently existing. We have more words in our language than any other language on earth. English is frequently employed as a Lingua Franca for communication between people of differing dialects because basically everyone on earth knows it. In technical fields people frequently speak in english even when they share a birth language because it’s so much better equipped. The only reason that it isn’t the most used language is because half the world only knows Chinese.

    To go even further with that, our language also happens to be one of the hardest to learn. You’re lucky to have grown up with it. Our language features numerous exceptions, odd pronunciations, strange grammatical rules, and words imported from other languages (there’s a reason english has so many words, partly because it steals everyone else’s, partly because of the odd way 5 different languages blended to make it)

    Comment by Evilagram — August 8, 2008 @ 6:43 am

  7. I doubt that English is the most complicated language currently spoken on Earth.

    For instance English is completely lacking grammatical genders and inflection is almost non existent.

    And even though English has a vast number of words (of which a lot are synonyms) you don’t have to learn every single one of them to understand day to day English.

    And don’t be fooled: Even though English is the most taught second language, at least in the western hemisphere, to say that everybody speaks English is a mayor exaggeration.

    Comment by Ast — August 8, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  8. English may not have gender and inflection, but I think it more than makes up for it. Consider homographic homophonic autantonyms.

    http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001104.html

    Any language this mixed up deserves the title of “Most Awesome Language Ever”

    Comment by Daniel — August 8, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  9. ***
    Sean Says:

    August 8th, 2008 at 3:59 am
    Um… Just what is Miya’s sexuality anyway? She gets sorta creepy at times… XD
    ***

    I’m guessing her sexuality is “verbophile”. ^_^

    Comment by Lunaroki — August 8, 2008 @ 9:23 am

  10. # Sean Says:
    August 8th, 2008 at 3:59 am

    >Um… Just what is Miya’s sexuality anyway? She gets sorta creepy at times… XD

    “Uh oh, she’s acting odd, better assign her to a category!”

    How is this relevant? Do all your cartoon characters have to be heterosexual, or homosexual, or whatever?

    Comment by bbot — August 8, 2008 @ 9:39 am

  11. A grammar nazi like myself really enjoys a comic like this. :)

    Comment by Keideki — August 8, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  12. I hope DFC doesn’t mean what I think it means…

    Comment by Xero — August 8, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

  13. Given that this is Miya, it almost certainly stands for “Delicious Flat Chest.”

    Comment by Wanderer — August 8, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  14. Back to language fighter, English has roughly 60 sounds while click languages (a language that has clicks as well as words… duh) on average have 80-200… I really think English is easy in comparison.

    Comment by Anoying guy — August 8, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  15. “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.” – James Nicoll.

    This is where part of the complexity of English comes from. It isn’t one, naturally evolved language; it’s a mish-mash, created by the ransacking other languages for rules and words, and grafting them together surgically. It is the “Frankenstein’s Monster” of languages.

    “Bizarre”? From French.

    The rule that a double-negative is an affirmative? Latin.

    “Democracy”? Greek (demos, “people,” and kratos, “rule”). In fact, the tendency to pick apart Greek and Latin words, and stitch them together into new words, or just taking them wholesale, explains an enormous chunk of the English vocabulary.

    That’s all leaving out that English started out as a Germanic language, and everything it inherited that way. I could go on, but you could literally write whole books on the subject.

    Comment by EGXC — August 9, 2008 @ 2:54 am

  16. Ah, Miya. My sentiments exactly. Though I’d like to add a Christopher Moore quote to the listing: “English is the best language for swearing.”

    Comment by Poofiemus — August 9, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  17. So basically you’re saying English is the Christianity of language? Sounds about right.

    Comment by Bobo — August 10, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  18. bbot > It was just a silly question. Do you take everything involving comics seriously?

    Bobo > You are a genius. I’ve never seen it described in such a way. It all fits together now.

    Comment by Sean — August 11, 2008 @ 6:37 am

  19. “knead English – not unlike bread – …”
    Are you sure that’s supposed to be bread? It says nipple earlier, so maybe there’s something else you can knead other than bread…

    Comment by baluefer — August 12, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  20. Dear lord, I think I’m in love…. Miya, my heart is yours.

    Comment by Freemage — August 12, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  21. *cries as Miya has stolen my husband’s heart.* I will get you for this some day! Some how! I swear it!

    Comment by Kittie — August 12, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

  22. Wow. Miya’s broken a marriage already. I wonder what she’ll do next!

    Comment by Tarrant — August 21, 2008 @ 8:57 am

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