April 19th, 2008


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Discussion (12)¬

  1. John the Wysard says:

    I can just imagine how the Veiled will interpret Digger’s being made an adopted hyena… eeep!

  2. Snowgods says:

    If Digger’s a Wombat, shoudn’t that be Mum, not the American Mom?

  3. Eagle0600 says:

    Exactly! But meh. It doesn’t really matter.

  4. Eagle0600 says:

    After all, these comments are timed at -7, so it’s a thoroughly American comic, not Australian; even in spite of the wombat.

  5. Rags says:

    Don’t forget to write!

  6. Pangolin says:

    Perhaps it’s set in a world where marsupials are more numerous and wombats have become an international species?

  7. jaynee says:

    Hmmph, Pangolin. “International” does not mean “American”.

  8. TekServer says:

    Granted, jaynee, but “American” is a subset of “International”, no?


  9. Ryn says:

    OR should that be ‘don’t forget to howl?’

    …..I need more painkillers.

  10. Walt says:

    At least she used newtons rather than lbs. But I think that has more to due with her being a geologist with a seemingly strong hold on engineering.

  11. BunnyRock says:

    @Walt: but she uses feet and miles rather than metres and kilometres, and “billion” to mean “milliard” so make of that what you will. Written in English, her vocabulary and spelling are both American (as is Boneclaw Mother’s and Grim Eyes= no “u” in “honour”), but she may well be speaking something utterly unlike English and we are reading subject to some translation convention. There is clearly some form of common language spoken by wombats, the humans of Rath and the hyenas, but we’re not given any clue what it is. All the religious mythology (except he “good man” which being similar to the story of Christ indicates the presence of some form of Semitic religion and therefore probably something analogous to the Semitic languages) is Indo-European (the Hindu gods, the importance of the Hare: although that’s also found in Finno-Ugric culture) so we could expect some form of Indo-European common language, but beyond that we’ve nothing to go on.

  12. Mental Mouse says:

    I think the language and units issues can be covered by: “This isn’t a story about language. Or measurements.”