0853: "Consecutive Vowels"

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0853: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby hthall » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:01 am UTC

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Title-text: But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too.

How to get the girls to line up for you.

EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Monsieur Munroe will do the same
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby A_of_s_t » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:02 am UTC

I've actually had this hypothesis before, except hard consonant sounds subtract from the effect.

So the "q" in queuing would ruin the effectiveness of the vowels.
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Alsadius » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:03 am UTC

Here I always thought it was the arousal that caused the vowels, but this theory intrigues me.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby anschelsc » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:03 am UTC

A_of_s_t wrote:I've actually had this hypothesis before, except hard consonant sounds subtract from the effect.


Source?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby DustinErnst » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:04 am UTC

Euouae.
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Lazar » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:04 am UTC

There's a typo in the title text.
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby pigslookfunny » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:04 am UTC

Voyeur*

Really, Randall? Two comics in a row?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby A_of_s_t » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:05 am UTC

anschelsc wrote:
A_of_s_t wrote:I've actually had this hypothesis before, except hard consonant sounds subtract from the effect.


Source?

It was only a passing thought. Although I started trying to form an equation for it... Man do I have extra time or what?
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby RebeccaRGB » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:05 am UTC

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby keithc » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:10 am UTC

Alsadius wrote:Here I always thought it was the arousal that caused the vowels, but this theory intrigues me.

Hmm, http://xkcd.com/552

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby drewmm » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:14 am UTC

Technically speaking, I believe the "y" in "voyeur" is a consonant. :)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby glasnt » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:20 am UTC

Cooeeing.


Oh yeah.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby phlip » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:25 am UTC

drewmm wrote:Technically speaking, I believe the "y" in "voyeur" is a consonant. :)

It can be pronounced either way - as "voy-eur", in which case it's a vowel, "vo-yeur", in which case it's a semi-vowel, which is technically a consonant, but close enough. My dictionary lists both pronounciations.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby anaboly » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:29 am UTC

Linguistics:

Queueing = \kju'iŋ\
Voyeur = \voIj'ɹ̩\

Been a while since I've transcribed like that, so feel free to correct me. I tried to remember how to do it on my own. Any dictionary worth its salt will 'spell' the pronunciations according to the IPA form.

Anyway, the 'vowels' of queueing/voyeur are not as dense as they seem.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Aradae » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:32 am UTC

Do consecutive consonants have the opposite effect?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby picnic_crossfire » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:35 am UTC

picnic_crossfire, next time he goes to a bar, will have wrote:Well, I was born in Holoikauaua, but my family moved to Kauai soon afterward.
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby scheme » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:36 am UTC

What concerns me is that the graph implies the existence of either fractional vowels, or words with 30 or 40 consecutive vowels. I didn't bother to count the data points. All I know is that my freshman English class didn't prepare me for words of that length or sexiness.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby A_of_s_t » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:37 am UTC

Aradae wrote:Do consecutive consonants have the opposite effect?

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Another good question is how do consonants affect the effectiveness of vowels.

Wouldn't the word "peeing" (which as a long e sound) be just as effective as "queuing" according to Randall's comic?
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby schu » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:42 am UTC

NEW GRAPH
y-axis: Sexual Arousal.
x-axis: Consecutive comics where Randall has made a mistake.

We're up to what, three? In other words, we should all be really turned on right now.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby darthValiant » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:45 am UTC

I would think that the correct correllation would be the other way 'round: higher levels of sexual arousal cause consecutive vowels in the form of moaning. That would give some wonderful (or horrific depending on the utterer) sounding 30 vowel combos. This could also be said for severe/acute pain:consecutive vowels.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby speedyjohn » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:50 am UTC

A_of_s_t wrote:Another good question is how do consonants affect the effectiveness of vowels.

Wouldn't the word "peeing" (which as a long e sound) be just as effective as "queuing" according to Randall's comic?


Queuing has four consecutive vowels compared to peeing's three. The question is, does a 'u' following a 'q' really count as a vowel when it comes to arousal?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby anaboly » Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:51 am UTC

Must be why trololololololo is so great. :-) AAAAAIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby gmrple » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:00 am UTC

Queuing is a good woody sort of word.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:02 am UTC

pigslookfunny wrote:Voyeur*

Really, Randall? Two comics in a row?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby meat.paste » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:03 am UTC

Harumph! Correlation is not causation.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby darthValiant » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:03 am UTC

This is also why cat girls = sexy. They just miaoued.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby dark12222000 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:08 am UTC

From my understanding, I always thought it was tone and pitch which indicated intention, and thus "transferred" arousal.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Linux0s » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:08 am UTC

Someone get this guy a spellcheck!
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby udqbpn » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:10 am UTC

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby JWaltman » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:12 am UTC

I just wanted to register to let you know this..

Koeieuier

just so you know.. this was the dutch word with the most consecutive vowels.. alas.. Some people thought is was needed to have new spelling rules, so now it's "koeienuier"

Anyway, it means cow's udder.

*drool"... vowels

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Zach 739085133 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:17 am UTC

Hehe. If this were true, men would have rewritten the dictionary centuries ago.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:17 am UTC

Aeneous. Yeah, nothing sexual there.

Anyway, these actually look like French words. It might be why French is the language of romance and German, nicht so sehr...

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Gamer_2k4 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:20 am UTC

I would just like to compliment the art in the last panel. For stick figures, a RIDICULOUS amount of information is conveyed in it. The tilt of the guy's head and the way his arms are frozen in the air show quite clearly his "oh balls what do" state of mind. The girl, if you didn't know what she was saying, might be choking the guy, but her urgency and flurry of motion are also pretty obvious regardless. Nice job Randall, for doing a lot with a little. It's not some gimmick like that retarded shadowy effect in the theater a few comics back, and it's not something as simple as adding color. It's just simple posturing and positioning, and I approve.

The comic itself was garbage, though. Just saying.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby mgcclx » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:28 am UTC

I must say I don't get this at all.
What's with consecutive vowels have anything to do with arousal?

Is there some reference I'm suppose to know?

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:29 am UTC

Also, can we agree that the voiced phonetics are sexier than the unvoiced ones? For those that aren't phonetophiles, the voiced phonetics are the ones that need vocal chords cords to pronounce, and can't be whispered. For example, "b", "(hard)g", or "d" versus "p", "k", or "t".

It's actually odd to look at linguistics and realize just how much you don't hear. For example, I didn't realize that the words "wet" and "whet" are supposed to be pronounced differently. The only times on American television where the "wh" is pronounced correctly is when people are mocking it, or King of the Hill.

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby naigangnidborb » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:38 am UTC

Well, it "does" explain the supposed difference between Latin, Germanic and Slavic peoples ...

http://czechington.blogspot.com/2009/04/ctvrthrst.html (Does anyone have any idea why I can't use the URL tag?)

Odctvrtvrstvit/Odstvrtvrstvit! (Czech/Slovak for "to remove a quarter of a layer".)

Angstschreeuw! (Dutch for "fear scream". Guess it being un-sexy fits.)

(Note: the spellchecker allegedly recognizes "Čtvrthrst". Seems to be because it skips checking the word because of the "Č".)

Also, "Ó o auê aí, ô!"

(Yes, the above is a (mangled, but intelligible) Portuguese sentence, for "Watch out this mess!". Hadn't suspected it was arousing, though ...)

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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Archetype4 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:39 am UTC

hthall wrote:
Title-text: But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too.

How to get the girls to line up for you.

EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Monsieur Munroe will do the same
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby Arky » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:42 am UTC

It's a correlation does not equal causation joke.

To people missing the joke, and missing why a search on a large database of "material" might correlate sexual arousal with lots of vowels in a row, think OH OOOOOH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAAAH! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!


The title text is crap though. Should have been a joke about how this doesn't always work as a pick-up technique because a lot of vowels in a row also correlates with terror. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby shashwat986 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:43 am UTC

I'm not sure they're typos anymore... two for two can mean Randall's trying to send a message...
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Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:43 am UTC

naigangnidborb wrote:fixed


Yeah, you just need to have a "url=wobsite.blag" in the first brackets, as opposed to just "url".


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