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Jun 18 2014

Get Out Of My Head, Randall Munroe!

XKCD Cartoon

(Title text: “And then whisper ‘anapest’ in my ear as you hold me?”)

Source–XKCD, of course.

How many of my readers will not just get the joke, but can name the appropriate feet? No googling!

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  1. 1
    Cuttlefish

    Ok, actually, it bothers me that it is “Linguist” with a foot fetish–the linguists I know couldn’t be bothered in the slightest with metrical feet. But I still love the cartoon.

  2. 2
    Randomfactor

    I got it, but only with your comment about “appropriate feet.” And four years of Latin.

    Arma virumque cano…

  3. 3
    Snoof

    (Rot13′d for those playing along at home.)
    Gebpurrf, gura vnzof.

    I’m not well-versed enough to remember the type of trisyllabic feet with stress on the third syllable, though. Sorry.

  4. 4
    John Morales

    Such erudition!

  5. 5
    Menyambal

    Didn’t have a clue until you gave title text. Dunno why I know anapest. Don’t know any of the meters, but pretty sure that “linguist” is wrong …. unless it’s something about a cunning linguist. (Would getting tongued in trochee be a treat? (Yay, I knew another one.))

  6. 6
    Birric Forcella

    Trochaeus, iambus, dactylus – Now give a few examples for lines / verses written in them, like Hexameters, distichons, sapphic ode, asclepiadaean ode, etc . . .

  7. 7
    Ryan Jean

    Does it count as “No googling” if I used the ExplainXKCD wiki (www.explainxkcd.com) instead? I’ll admit, though, this is the first one I’ve needed help understanding in a long time.

  8. 8
    richardelguru

    But… but… ‘anapest’ is not an …um…. anapest

    (I wonder if that’s why 1984 wasn’t like ’1984′?)

  9. 9
    richardelguru

    And anyway she should have been a prosodist!!!

    So there!!!!!

  10. 10
    richardelguru

    Sorry to be a pest (an a pest I’m sure iamb) but I now have Popeye’s “Iamb what iamb!” stuck in my head (or was that Yahweh’s?)

  11. 11
    gAytheist

    I always had trouble remember ing the various meters because their names didn’t correspond their meters. “Iamb” is a trochee, “trochee” can be pronounced as an iamb, “dactyl” is a trochee and “anapest” is a dactyl. It’s all very confusing.

  12. 12
    richardelguru

    gAytheist

    Those Ancient Greeks were right bastards—just ask any Trojan.

  13. 13
    machintelligence

    A virile young man named McNameter
    Had a tool of prodigious diameter
    But it wasn’t his size
    That gave ladies surprise
    ‘Twas his rhythm: dactylic hexameter.

  14. 14
    Robert B.

    Trouchee and iamb are easy, but I always get the three-syllable feet mixed up. Amphibrach?

  15. 15
    Al Dente

    Thanks, Cuttlefish, for giving me enough hints to figure out that cartoon. Usually I don’t get the point of an XKCD cartoon because it refers to computer techogeek terminology but this one was about something I’d been exposed to in high school.

    Note: I graduated from high school 48 years ago.

  16. 16
    Aquarians Love To Fuck

    What a load of utter rubbish for poseurs!

    And for you Randomfactor with your 4 years of Latin, I give you Catullus Carmina 16,

    To wit:

    Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo

    After donning the appropriate prosthesis, of course.

  17. 17
    Aquarians Love To Cuddle

    Ooooooops!
    After a quick read of your blog, I realise my extant profanity might very well offend.
    Feel free to ignore my previous comment.
    Though I would love to include the first and terminal lines of Catullus Carmina 16 for the fun of your commenter Randomfactor. Four years of Latin – high school perhaps – would have learned him plenty enough to translate it.
    I hope he translate the final word – “clintonise” – that is so funny!

  18. 18
    gingerest

    Y’all need to memorize a little Coleridge! (I did go look this up because I haven’t memorized the punctuation.)

    Trochee trips from long to short;
    From long to long in solemn sort
    Slow Spondee stalks, strong foot!, yet ill able
    Ever to come up with Dactyl’s trisyllable.
    Iambics march from short to long.
    With a leap and a bound the swift Anapests throng.
    One syllable long, with one short at each side,
    Amphibrachys hastes with a stately stride –
    First and last being long, middle short, Amphimacer
    Strikes his thundering hoofs like a proud high-bred Racer.

    If Derwent be innocent, steady, and wise,
    And delight in the things of earth, water, and skies;
    Tender warmth at his heart, with these meters to show it,
    With sound sense in his brains, may make Derwent a poet –
    May crown him with fame, and must win him the love
    Of his father on earth and his father above.
    My dear, dear child!
    Could you stand upon Skiddaw, you would not from its whole ridge
    See a man who so loves you as your fond S.T. Coleridge.

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