42 Responses to Chapter 4 | Page 106

  1. Thorin Schmidt says:

    Im not a woman, but i CAN say that waking up to THAT face would make me want to cut it off too.

    That being said, i bet he’s a great frendh kisser… and er, other things.

  2. Frank Harr says:

    So, yes, there is a religious significance.

    • mvandinter says:

      Any idea what the tenants of that religion might be? Just asking.

      • HumalaDuck says:

        Complaineth not at receiving graven images but once per month unless thou art also willing to give freely of thine fish by the bushelful to the engraver.

        If thou hast angered thine wife, thou shalt not glanceth at the hour glass whilst she decribeth in vast detail the many ways thou hast given her reason to take umbrage with thou. If thou doest, vengeance shall be wreakethed upon thou ten score upon ten.

        Be mindful that tentacles grow back, yet testicles regroweth not.

        Urinate thou not into the vastness of my sea, and I shall not swimeth in thine toilet.

        Default ye not on thine student loans to Miskatonic University, for their collections agents shall repossess far more than your mule cart.

        Be of salt water or of fresh, for to be brackish is an affront.

        It is far easier to purvey cruelty and despotism than it is to gain entry to Heaven, so why not do that? Keepeth thine goals attainable.

        Forget ye not to reapplieth sunscreen with great regularity.

        Thou shalt not watch tentacle porn without thou also having tentacles of thine own.

        See-eth third Tablet for further instructions.

        • mvandinter says:

          Facepalm Award HumalaDuck, You Glorious Bastard!

        • Frank Harr says:

          With thee.

          -Th is not a marker of the infinitive, bare form or imparative.

          Thy is before consonants. Thine is before vowels.

          I’m sorry, I’m a language nerd. I’ll just move on now.

          • HumalaDuck says:

            I was about three tenets in before it hit me, “For someone fretting that much about how to properly use thee/thine/thou/etc., you sure are adding a lot of “eth”s and “est”s to the ends of words that never wanted them in the first place.” It was at that point that I just decided to go with whatever sounded the most amusing in the moment. Apart from that, I take your point.

            In other words, do as Frank Harr says, not as I do.

            In an entirely unrelated bit of language trivia, when you see “ye” (as in Ye Olde Candeye Shoppe) it is a holdover from the Viking occupation of the British Isles. The Vikings introduced to/forced upon the English not just a new language, (and pointy, pointy swords), but new letters, one of which is the thorn (รž, รพ). Still existing (so far as I know) only in Icelandic, it is pronounced like a particularly soft “th” sound. The thorn hung on through Middle English into Early Modern English, but along the way the way it was written morphed into something very much like the letter “y”. The abbreviation for the word “the” was the morphed letter thorn (y) with an “e” above it. Hence “ye”=”the”.

            If this little ramble has made you say, “Wow, that was so friggin’ pointless! I’ll never get that time back!” Why not pretend it served to spark your interest in learning Icelandic, a language noted for how close it is to Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. If you have been enticed, then Alaric Hall is the person to turn to: https://alarichall.org.uk/teaching/modern_icelandic.php

            • Frank Harr says:

              Fair enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

              On the other hand, Ye as in “Ye bastards had better straighten up!” is not from thorn but rather is the (osolete) subjective form of you.

              So, once appon a time it was

              I, me, my mine.
              Thou, thee, thy, thine.
              He, him, his, his.
              She, her, her, hers.
              It, it, its, its.

              We, us, our, ours.
              Ye, you, your, yours.
              They, them, their, theirs.

              But language is always in a state of flux. Much of that no longer exists.

              • HumalaDuck says:

                “What’s that? You want me to tell you the Tale of the Missing Pronoun? In that case, gather ’round.” (Lights campfire. Puts on deerstalker cap. Takes off trousers.)

                “Some of you may have tried to learn one or more of the gibberish and gobbledygook that people in other countries laughingly claim to be their native languages. In doing so, you may have noticed that many of them have a different pronoun for ‘you’ as a singular than for ‘you’ as a plural. This probably prompted you to say, ‘There’s Johnny Foreigner, up to his old tricks as usual!’ But did you know that English used to have separate forms of you for the singular and the plural?”

                “Now, all right-thinking people abandoned such foolishness for the good of the Empire in the name of lingual efficiency, but there are some English speaking peoples–if you can call them that–that persist in this perverse practice. People in southern half of the American United States use ‘you all’ or even, I shudder to contemplate, ‘y’all’. In the northern half of the States some people use ‘youse’–a practice also found amongst the Geordies, so no further condemnation is necessary. This is why we gave up the American Colonies in the Great Expulsion of 1776. And in darkest Yorkshire, the folks there clutter their speaking with so many forms of ‘you’ that it’s nigh on impossible to make any sense of what they’re mumbling most of the time. And that’s without taking their ludicrous accents into account. It’s why we kept them working for next to nothing in noisy textile mills for decades. Drowned out their lunatic ravings, you see.”

                “But then came the Industrial Revolution…but that’s a story for another time. Sleep well…if you can!”

          • mvandinter says:

            Facepalm Award Nobody’s getting an award. I’m just smacking myself in the face.

      • Frank Harr says:

        That his wife is in charge and if she’ll cut the head off her husband, think of what she’ll do to YOU. And you’re not even immortal.

    • Wyvern says:

      I wonder what that says about the Venus de Milo.

  3. Wyvern says:

    Typo alert: there’s no E in “monstrous”.

    (Also, FYI: buildings have tenants, religions have tenets.)

  4. jsfury says:

    Wait. A NEW PAGE! A NEW PAGE!!! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  5. Frank Harr says:

    I guess we shall soon see if Mr. E. got to keep his horse. But I’ll bet if he did, the horse was not happy.

    He could have called it Neptune.

  6. Frank Harr says:

    Just a note, I can’t for the life of me get an account on Smack Jeeves, so commenting over there is . . . hard. And I haven’t figured it out yet. Are they O.K.?

    I just want to say, I don’t think the horse would have been happy.

    • mvandinter says:

      Hi Frank,

      As of the beginning of this month, the entirety of the OLD Smackjeeves was replaced by a NEW Smackjeeves which is basically a webtoons clone. As a result Unearth is now buried at the bottom of a dark well… and is virtually impossible for readers to find. Unearth went from a thousand or so weekly readers to virtually zero. I’m at a loss.

      • Frank Harr says:

        So, they’re not O.K. ๐Ÿ™

        Well, I’m still putting the effort in. I can’t comment, but I still enjoy it.

      • HumalaDuck says:

        The Smackjeeves change doesn’t seem to have been a positive from what I’ve seen. Before it even happened, a lot of the SJ comics I read bailed on the service shortly after it was announced. It’s only anecdotal, but it felt like a mass exodus to me.

        Then, when it went into effect, none of my bookmarks worked anymore. I had to manually search for each title and update my bookmarks. Would a redirect have killed them?

        Going forward, it’s pretty awkward navigation, because I haven’t found a way to make my bookmarks be “the most recent page.” I seem only to be able to link to the index for each individual comic, then I must either skip to the end of the list presented or click the button to make the list ordered by most recent entry, *then* I can click through to the most recent page.

        I understand the push to make SJ more friendly to mobile devices, but I don’t get the reasoning behind making it inconvenient to PCs in the process. Nothing about this change strikes me as being well though out.

        • mvandinter says:

          Since I can’t seem to convince myself to see Reason and abandon Unearth, I’m considering reformatting Unearth into a mobile-friendly format…

          It would be a pain in the ass to do, but that’s where the readers seem to be.

        • Frank Harr says:

          Why would they think it through?


  7. Frank Harr says:

    Happy New Year!

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