June 9th, 2007


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Discussion (6)¬

  1. WuseMajor says:

    And it turns out they make good fertilizer. This whole sequence is one of the funniest things in the comic, although I do love the “metaphorical pigeon” one that happens later on as well.

  2. NigaiAmai Yume says:

    I love how realistic everyone’s reactions are throughout the story.
    Natives stoically and calmly accept the everyday (for them), and wonder if people that question are crazy.
    The religious run the gambit from zealots to humble.
    And Digger, the rational but adaptable every wombat, takes everything with a grain of “wtf??”, pauses to let her psyche assimilate, then provides the perfect commentary.
    Beautiful characterization, writing, and plotting. Beautiful.

  3. Xyon says:

    I never understand this “‘t’ ” contraction. It seems to me to indicate a lancashire accent, perhaps… except that there is no T said in that usage, it’s an implied sound.

  4. Ravi says:

    Xyon, the t is generally used in Hick American accents, here it indicates a “ta” sound. So “t’get” would be read as “ta get” as the speaker speeds up the pronunciation of the word and softens the vowel in the word “to”. The British equivalent, I believe, is the word “ter”. The whole idea is that the accent softens out vowels and ignores a hell of a lot of consonants. You get it a lot with farmers in America.

    A similar occurrence is a phrase that sounds like the word “initiate” but is actually an accented version of “and then she ate”.

    I recommend watching some Blue Collar Comedy Tour in order to get the full effect of the intended accent.; or at least the accent that I was trying to explain because that’s how I read it…. >_< Ah well. He both looks and sounds like a Southerner in my head!

  5. Brennan says:

    Funny, I imagined it as some sort of Scottish thing. It’s the ‘ach’ that does it.

  6. Lord the 22nd says:

    It all depends on how you read it, I suppose. Almost all literature characters turn out British in my head unless specifically stated otherwise. And sometimes they still go all limey on me.