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0459: It's Infectious in I Think Therefore Iamb 14th Nov, 2018
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0459: It's Infectious
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Author Notes:
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Mel Cormac
An explanation of what the hell Ken is talking about in panel four, if you’re unfamiliar with iambic pentameter. I attempted to demonstrate them finishing each other’s lines whenever they fell a couple of beats short--did that come across? In this chapter I’m solving the problem I gave myself: how to fit verse in a comic.

Also I dunno what the heck point Jon is planning to make in an essay about feminism with that Beatrice line, I just like prickly characters refusing to admit they like someone, so of course I like Beatrice.
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The link in the description should actually work now, I have no idea what happened :,)
User comments:

anonymous coward (Guest)
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Yeah, don't let this happen to you, but it can be fun to make other people change their speech rhythm, words, phrases and habits because of what you say: I've convinced people who don't even know what Bash shell is to prefix their requests to me with "sudo" when I'm too tired, lazy or busy to do it without additional persuasion.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I've had family members do that to me! It's not so bad once you realise what happened
anonymous coward (Guest)
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P.S.
Thought experiment: What if the iambic pentameter virus was real? Continuing from the end of the comic:

"Trapped, shit. What is there that we can do?"
"Shut up!"
"I can't! The Bard's disease has hold..."
"Ken, what the fuck?"
"I don't know what to do!"
"I'm calling 9-1-1. It's far too late
for anything but quarantine by now."
"But what about the risk of transmission?"
"Do you think you have better thoughts or plans?"

Suddenly an old librarian charges in out of nowhere and blasts Jon and Ken with a CO2 fire extinguisher to shut them up and disorient them. As they flail around coughing with their eyes shut she coshes them both on the head. After the threat is neutralized she yells, "Clear!" and two big guys from campus security gather up the two and their things, then haul them off to nerd quarantine.
ProfEtheric
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ProfEtheric
'Tis truly awful speaking in a way
Intended not, a cursed fate indeed...

...I tried. I am not sorry. :)

Seriously, though, it's right up there with picking up phrases from your co-workers...
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
No need to be sorry, that was great!

And yeah, I catch myself using words like "onus" and "actioned" before realising I picked them up from someone in the office!