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xkcd Language

Postby scolobb » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:24 am UTC

Hello,

As the number of xkcd pictures grows, more and more people are citing the comics to answer to someone or to even say something. I think we should consider the emerging phenomenon of an xkcd language. As Mr. Munroe covers an increasing number of topics, it becomes possible to exchange basic opinions by citing xkcd.com . It should also possible to express more elaborate ideas by citing several pictures in a certain sequence (although I haven't tried that yet).

Thank you for having read this far :-) Do you have an opinion on this?

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Re: xkcd Language

Postby Velifer » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:51 pm UTC

Nah, it's already horses all the way down.
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby eSOANEM » Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:22 pm UTC

[citation needed]
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby greengiant » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:33 pm UTC

Am I the only one who read the OP and immediately thought of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Darmok?

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Re: xkcd Language

Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:39 pm UTC

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Re: xkcd Language

Postby poxic » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:44 pm UTC

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Re: xkcd Language

Postby Qaanol » Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:38 am UTC

Is there a sequence of xkcds to convey, “Where was that stooped and mealy-colored old man I used to call poppa when the merry-go-round broke down?”
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby Sir Novelty Fashion » Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:11 pm UTC

ceterum censeo latinum dicendum est.
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby duckshirt » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:01 am UTC

It's funny, English professors and literature enthusiasts who are really into Shakespeare can supposedly refer to Shakespeare's sonnets just by the number... Like, sometimes I've heard that they can have conversations like "Yeah, 24 is like that, sort of like 36." "Oh, yeah, and what about 73?" "Yeah, number 73 and 78 have this element, actually, did you know that 78..." I've always wondered if this could happen with xkcd comics... the trouble being Shakespeare only had like 100 sonnets and the number of xkcds is almost at 1000 and counting...
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby Qaanol » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:17 am UTC

We already use 169 like that.
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Re: xkcd Language

Postby jaap » Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:47 am UTC

Qaanol wrote:We already use 169 like that.

And 386.

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Re: xkcd Language

Postby KrO2 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:11 pm UTC

I use 222 in RL conversation occasionally. If the person I'm speaking to will probably know what I'm talking about. Alternatively, I just say "There's an xkcd about that" whenever something comes up that there's an xkcd about.


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