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an apartment full of wordmongers

an apartment full of wordmongers

Tue, 12/16/2008 - 00:10 by Conrad in response to Theasaur

We've all been known to mispronounce words from time to time, but this was probably Yuko's finest moment. I will say this is nowhere as near as bad as the time that I informed my Japanese class that a word that I've now forgotten meant "Venereal Equinox." Clearly I should have been in an English class, but that's for another time.

Take special note of the bowtie on the dinosaur in the picture. It's an important part of the canon. 

Oh, I'm also pleased to announce that we've got another batch of site edits coming down soon. We're addressing the big issues you've told us about over the last few weeks, but if you want me to sneak in a feature request drop me a line and we'll see if we can't get it in there for you.



Comment by Aido Tue, 12/16/2008 - 00:48




Comment by jim (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 01:04

Yuko reminds me so much of my sister in so many ways and every comic I read with her in it just reinforces that feeling.

hehe... theasaurus...


Comment by mistersaxon (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 03:48

My favourite dinosaur has it's iconic roar: "MAIM!! MANGLE!! MUTILATE!! (see 'Harm')"

I <3 this comment.

Comment by xin (not verified) Thu, 07/23/2009 - 20:53

I <3 this comment.

thats one classy dinosaur.

Comment by DisposablePal (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 09:08

thats one classy dinosaur.

Greatest feature EVAR

Comment by Decad (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 09:11

Can we have a feature that lets us hit people in the face over the internet?

Now onto the comic. Just wow...I know you Americans take pride in how well you butcher the Queen's English but that is just amazing. Capital show old chap eh what?

Ugh now Jess is all "SEE

Comment by Rai (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 09:48

Ugh now Jess is all "SEE AIDO DOES IT TOO" like that justifies it


Comment by Selene (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 10:27

This comic is awesome. It's made me laugh so much and made my day >w< Thanks for making this!

I love the broken heart on

Comment by Nora (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 10:53

I love the broken heart on Yuko's laptop in the third panel. Even more than the Theasaur.

 XD I liked it too!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:56

 XD I liked it too!

Trix may kill you

Comment by Zak (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 14:06

Silly Yuko. Theasaurus is his sister!

Ahahah xD I've done that

Comment by BlackTailwolf (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 15:08

Ahahah xD I've done that with the word 'Detrimental'. For the longest time me and my mom had said 'deprimental'. A friend pointed it out to me. I had the same reaction xD

It happens

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 15:35

I like the dinosaur... For around 3-5 years I said "turrent" instead of "turret"... Whoops

It happens indeed

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 12/18/2008 - 08:47

If you browse the forums of various online games, it not just gets pronounced, it even gets SPELLED that way everywhere.

I thought for a long time

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 16:26

I thought for a long time that the word "queue" was pronounced "kway". One of my British friends corrected me and told me that it was pronounced like the letter "Q". I went on calling it a "kway" just to annoy him, and have more recently moved on to calling it a "kuh-way-way". =D

Oh, forgot to add my feature

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 16:29

Oh, forgot to add my feature request:
Maybe one of those searches so that you can look for a certain word in a comic strip? Like OhNoRobot or something like that. I mean, it's not that important when you've only got a few strips, but it makes searching later easier! :)

This is one that I've had

Comment by conrad Tue, 12/16/2008 - 17:00

This is one that I've had the scaffolding in place for since day one. We already keep a transcript of each comic stored in the database, I just need to plug in the module for searching on it. We'll have this up and running once we finalize the search design and functionality. :)

Prof. D. Thasarus

Comment by aXcel (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 17:49

I liked the dinosaur in the last panel. I have mispronounced so many things, If I made a list, Santa would keel over. I hate to think of, everyday, how I butcher the English Language....and it's my first language, lol...


Comment by Shell (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 19:17

by the way Conrad, Carl L is the Carl that I used to work with! :3

No kiddin'! Good to see you

Comment by conrad Tue, 12/16/2008 - 20:11

No kiddin'! Good to see you in our corner of the internet, Carl!! :D

Thanks! =3 I'm pretty sure

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 22:38

Thanks! =3

I'm pretty sure we've met...

Of course

Comment by Shell (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 22:51

We all went to fable midnight launch together haha.

So THAT's why I remember the

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 23:01

So THAT's why I remember the Patriot story!


Comment by Megan (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:51

That reminds me of when I was a kid. I used to say 'Quay' as it's spelled and everyone was like 'Oh, are you going to the quayside?' (saying it as 'key') and I was like '...What?! D:'
I was 6. I think that might let me off a little?


Comment by aXcel (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 17:50

Been on forums all day, used to the reply button to be on the bottom o _o;

 Making a note of this!

Comment by Ananth Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:57

 Making a note of this! I've been thinking this myself. 

This, and inline comment

Comment by conrad Tue, 12/16/2008 - 20:10

This, and inline comment replies are my two big ones for the next push. I don't know how inline comment replies work in Drupal yet, but you better know I'm going to figure it out.

Haha! One of my friends used

Comment by Jessica (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:41

Haha! One of my friends used to pronounce "epitome" as "eppy-tome." XD Nowadays, when he makes a dig at one of us, we'll say something like, "oh yeah? well, EPPYTOME."


Comment by Megan (not verified) Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:50

That one hits a little close to home >_>
I did that until about a year and a half ago. I'm 20 now. I can't believe nobody ever corrected me before then :( I was very very embarassed and I still am. *Cries in a corner*

I'm a wordmonger...IN BED!

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Wed, 12/17/2008 - 00:50

I remembered that there's a This American Life episode with a segment all about people believing things to be one way when it is completely obvious to the rest of the world that things are definitely another, e.g. the woman who believed in Unicorns as an adult and then found out at a party in front of her friends that she was horribly wrong.

P.S. EMBARRASSING REVELATION: I had a dictionary/thesaurus set in my nightstand when I was in second grade and it has always remained in my bedroom since then.


Comment by kookaburra (not verified) Wed, 12/17/2008 - 09:46

I loved that episode! With the girl who thought that "X-Ing" as in "Deer X-Ing" was a word, and the one who only ate chicken for every lunch and dinner who didn't understand that others had actual variety in their mealplan? XD
I'm painfully addicted to This American Life - it's an absolutely fantastic show. I'm also going to be painfully late to my philo exam if I don't get off the internet now.
(PS - I really want a theasaurus t-shirt!)

can I have this whine?

Comment by MentalUproar (not verified) Wed, 12/17/2008 - 01:39

I was out with a friend for dinner and he asked the waitress "What is the pomegranate like?" (Pronounced: pom-gran-ot-ay)

Bear in mind I had heard him injecting "oh I'm Italian" into every conversation we ever had, as if his lineage made him cultured.

Haha I totally do that as

Comment by Chris (not verified) Wed, 12/17/2008 - 07:42

Haha I totally do that as well, call it Theasaurus. It needs the A! I've been called on it once, but I still refuse to change my rendition of it, mostly out of habit.

So its okay Yuko! You keep on trucking with that!


Comment by ritsuka (not verified) Wed, 12/17/2008 - 23:08

i love the first panel, since i too am easily excited when it's time to look up words (in either dictionary or theasaurus!)

i've always said hyper-bowl for hyperbole (i guess hi-per-bo-lee..), until my old boss made fun of me, heh.

re: heh

Comment by conrad Wed, 12/17/2008 - 23:34

I read that as hyper-bowel 


Comment by stevehill (not verified) Thu, 12/18/2008 - 02:30

"I will say this is nowhere as near as bad as the time..."


Pip pip!

Comment by JesseT77 (not verified) Tue, 06/16/2009 - 15:27

AAAUGH you mean there is ALT TEXT?!?!

Crap! Now I have to start over! Again!! *crie*

Reminds me of an incident in

Comment by xine (not verified) Thu, 07/23/2009 - 21:10

Reminds me of an incident in Intro to Anatomy and Physiology, we've just had a test on the cranial nerves(the mnemonic goes Oh, Oh, Oh to touch and and has the rest) for the olfactory. optic, oculomotor..... and the rest of the cranial nerves.
The professor after checking the test papers had this to say.
"Everyone here knows the most catchy mnemonic for the cranial nerves but please make sure that you write down the nerve(Vagus) and not the mnemonic device(vagina)."
The professor didn't mention the culprit but then she probably didn't have to, his red face was enough testimony.

I told my entire german

Comment by Jarryd (not verified) Wed, 08/19/2009 - 18:38

I told my entire german class that "Mein Kampf" means "my comfort" because Kampf sounds like Comfy.
Needless to say i flunked the class.

My favorite mispronounced

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 10/25/2009 - 19:28

My favorite mispronounced word moment comes from my best friend reading off the back of a cheesy romance novel: pronouncing the word erotic as "er-OH-tic". XD

If I had a dollar for every time...

Comment by Renard the Vulpine (not verified) Sat, 11/21/2009 - 00:39

Humorously enough, it seems that everyone has at least one word that they always mispronounce, and have a wtf moment when they find the true pronunciation...

relevantly, mine is opacity, whereas i say oh-pass-ity


Comment by Charlie (not verified) Mon, 01/25/2010 - 12:15

I have a t-shirt from David & Goliath featuring a thesaurus dinosaur! =D

yo- your profile pic...

Comment by meareaperson (not verified) Sun, 07/24/2011 - 08:18

It's Ape Escape... first other fan I've met.

Way to class it up with the

Comment by Fairy (not verified) Wed, 10/19/2011 - 19:15

Way to class it up with the bow tie. :3

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