I dunno what your problem is Peanut, that suggestion seems perfectly reasonable to me. x3
I second this statement.
*smirk* But I love adverbs!
I agree, its a lot easier to learn than spanish |:(
¡Ay, cómo vas a decir eso?
Seguramente lo dice porque le cuesta aprender más de un idioma. ¡Aunque el español también tiene adverbios!
Y es uno de los idiomas mas dificiles de aprender…
How lucky it’s my first
¡Ah, no, Spanglish no se vale!
Le gasp! you animals!
¿De verdad? Tomi una clase en japones y eso fue otra cosa, dejame decirte.
STOP SPEAKING YOUR CRAZY, NONSENSE MAKING LANGUAGE!!!
Are you saying we own the language?
In all actuality; English (in any form) is actually regarded as the hardest language to learn in the world… Especially American (English). I refuse to call the language I speak English anymore… I am not from England, so I don’t speak English… I am American, I speak American.
but by calling it American English, we’re rubbing it in their face. “we reject your language, and substitute our own.”
If English seriously is regarded as the hardest language to learn in the world, the people who said that never tried German, Japanese, Russian or Chinese. In fact, I’d say English is the easiest, or one of the easiest languages.
I mean seriously, you guys don’t even give your objects genders >3>
I find English to be the hardest language to learn personally. I mean think of all the idiotic rules we have that we break. I before e except after c… it doesn’t even work half the time (weird, reindeer, sleigh). We just don’t really make sense :p
Nooo. English’s difficulty lies in its countless irregularities. Think about it, what pattern do any of our verbs follow? In Italian there are 3 endings to all verbs -ere -ire -are, In French there are -ir -er and -re verbs. In english? go, walk, run, eat. The past tense is horrific: went, walked, ran, ate. No patterns. English is HARD.
There are over 80,000 Chinese characters. Although, only about 3000 are required for normal reading and writing. Still, 3000 vs 26
Well im hispanic so its easy for me.
I prefer short with complicated words that send some people to a dictionary.
Hmm, acquiesce is such a halfhearted way to say it but acceptable.
I am suspecting that all of us are being quite loquacious in this forum of communication.
Well, you’ve got the complicated part down.
He has the “How to Sound Pretentious” book.
Hehe, Alt text is hilarious x3
“But what is an adverb? An adverb is any verb that describes an advertisement”
Thank you good sir ^_Q
Myes I do say… •-q
Well said SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent <—yess, i copied and pasted that.
You copied and pasted “well said”?
No, I think he copied the ASCII arrow.
This is what goes through my head in every English class
Yeah, It goes strait out of my head too.
Yeah. For me it exits my mouth
As an novice writer, I will take this advice into account and start writing on the day after this one
Hey, if Stephen King can write a story that ends with floating coffee-beans with lawnmower mouths and teeth that eat up the past….
Somebody and the L’angleers? Or something.
“What’s a Tom Swifty?” Peanut asked doggedly.
me: Ouch! The pain of that comment! Why would you do such a thing?
my friend: Is funny because he is a dog!
in my head: Where did I put that frying pan?
But a frying pan is only funny if you’re a purple cat!
I had to look this up on TvTropes and I STILL have no idea what it means… Also I was lost on that site for an hour AGAIN! O_o”
So PLEASE someone tell me what does this mean? XP
A Tom Swifty is a pun that uses an adverb at the end to make the joke.
It’s named after the Tom Swift ‘boy’s adventure’ books, which used a lot of very esoteric adverbs.
“He’s ready for the coronary transplant, doctor.”, Tom said wholeheartedly.
“There isn’t a lot of time left.”, Tom said belatedly.
“I located your stupid cousin.”, Tom said dumfoundedly.
Oh… I don’ get it… why are these puns again?
I’m HORRIBE at composing(never used this word like THIS before and it feels SO wrong) texts that’s a fact, but are these things really THAT bad? To me it seems norlam to use them. :p
At the risk of killing the joke with an explanation, the pun in question was “doggedly”.
Nono. No prob there I got the joke, but the whole “Tom Swifty” concept has me confused.
coronary – wholeheartedly
time – belatedly
stupid – dumbfounded
His last name was Swift, i.e: the whole Swiftly thing is simply a play on his last name.
Heh okay finally I got it. Thx ppl.
And thx to Frank I also have an idea what’s wrong with the whole adverb system. XD
Yeah, sorry.. Bad puns are a little hard for the non-native speakers, as they usually rely on secondary meanings or similar sounds that aren’t intuitive to people who have to actually *think* about what’s being said…
Also, for succinct info, it’s often better to hit up Wikipedia than TV Tropes:
Yeah that’s why I hit the Wiki up first and got TOTALLY lost. I only look for tropes if other legit places aren’t useful.
I guess I’ll stick with Spanish .____.
It makes sense, though.
¡Sí! ¡Ahora podemos hacer lo mismo con los adverbios!
It actually sounds like a good advise…….I think I’ll try……
if we’re going to pick on all that wrong with the English Language we’re going to be here for a very long time. Then again considering where “here” is i wouldn’t mind
stupid picture not working
Haven’t people been picking on what’s wrong with the English Language since 1844, when the wave of language reforms started?
YOUR AN ENGLISH MAJOR!? XD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo
Somehow, saying that with a spelling/grammar mistake doesn’t look right
Reason for a writer to include adverbs? NANOWRIMO.
In fact, that last replacement would help NaNo too.
This is a glimpse of less than one second of Peanut’s life.
Either that, or this is the slowest he has ever read a book.
Perhaps he’s reading it SLOWLY in order to make sure it all sinks in.
And without adverbs you’re less tempted to boldly split an infinitive.
Could that cause linguistic fission?
The little words left over are called “fission chips”.
Technically, you’re not splitting an infinitive. You’re just making an infinitive out of the entire phrase.
but an infinitive has a definition which is “to (verb)”. you can’t make an infinitive out of a phrase without it being a split infinitive.
But…but…splitting the infinitive is so fun D:
And the only reason it’s wrong to split infinitives in English is because you can’t split infinitives in Latin. And that’s because in Latin, an infinitive is all one word so it’d be like splitting the word “cat”. So it makes perfect sense to apply a Latin rule to English because we all know Latin is the worlds most perfect language. And it’s the world’s most perfect language because it never changes. And it never changes because it’s DEAD.
…which is why all laywers in the UK had to learn Latin until the twentieth century, when the Oxford English Dictionary stabilized English enough for it to be definitive.
LOL! XD smart people can be so dumb X3
so THAT’s what an adverb is! =D
I’m 21 and had completely forgotten what an adverb is, should I feel bad? xD (Yes, really lol.)
That just shows how good your Language Arts teachers were!
In all seriousness at my old high school (I graduated this year and now I feel old) we had a “literacy test” and out of almost two thousand students I was one of five that passed on the first try. You get two tries or you take another English to make up for it and I also forgot so don’t feel bad.
knowing english is not important unless your writing a story or a successful webcom….. um, nevermind
If you want to be understood and taken seriously on the internet, yes it is.
English has social dimensions, even on the internet. While spam threads might be better suited to 1337 or something of the sort, you would be ill advised to enter a debate thread or serious discussion on a news article with informal English. Let’s not forget that there are also dialects with different social etiquettes that make their way onto the ‘net.
Apologies, I did not mean to be taken so seriously.
I guess it’s really hard to write sarcasm these days.
hmm, Peanut cuteness!
Oh grammar, my arch enemy. XD
I could never use grammar rules. Whenever I wright ANYTHING in english(or in hungarian for that matter) I do it by instinct so I never know what I’m doing.
Sooo someone mind helpin me on what’s wrong with using advers?
Some people don’t like redundancy
I seem to recall Mark Twain saying something similar. As a writer myself, I do my best to ignore his extreme-oriented advice. Everything has its place – adverbs are no exception. It’s the unchecked use of these grammatical devices that takes away from the writing, not the device itself.
tl;dr – Using adverbs ain’t wrong, it’s using them too much.
Mark Twain was also a satirist and so if he was writing about the subject may not have been entirely serious.
“What is a Adverb? A miserable pile of secrets! But enough talk! Have at you!” *throws verbs at you*
The first verb thrown was “have”!
I thought it was ‘is”
What? It’s not “be?” I thought for sure that it was.
I see “Reply”…
I had a similar reaction to peanut upon reading “on the day after this one.”
You know, this discussion reminds me of formal mathematics, where you would instead of saying, for instance, “7″ say “ssssss1″, meaning literally “the successor of the successor of the successor of the successor of the successor of the successor of one”. This allows you to write any expression using an absolute minimum vocabulary of terms, like instead of having to know what 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are, you merely need to know what 1 is and what the successor of a number means.
Mind you, in formal mathematics, you assume that you have no definition of fundamental things like 1, successor of n, a+b, etc. but rather just the rules with which you use them, like a+b=b+a. Replace = with apple and + with banana, and the statement makes just as much sense in this way.
In both formal mathematics and formal English, the goal is the same – express something in the most precise way possibly, without ambiguity. In both cases, you often end up with a statement which, while very much precise and correct, is nonetheless unintelligible to mere mortals.
In formal English and formal mathematics, the goal isn’t to express without ambiguity. I don’t think being without ambiguity is possible!
The goal is to know how much ambiguity you’re writing.
For example, the following is fine mathematics:
x != y
You don’t know what x is. You don’t know what y is. You just know that they’re not equal. The same can be said about formal English:
That’s a perfect English sentence… but it’s almost entirely ambiguous.
Except that some mathematicians might bark at you for bringing the != notation from that dirty thing called Computer Science into their clean, pure field
I think it looks better than =/=
Now, IRL, I’d definitively use the crossed-out equal, but we’re typing. I don’t even TRY to make the equations look good in my notes anymore, instead I just develop my own short.-hand that I later use to make supplementary notes by hand (I’m a fast typer, slow writer/drawer, so I have to type to keep up, but obviously that kinda sucks in math)
So, I don’t see the problem.
Funny funny funny! :3
lol his look on the last panel is great, and yay more things from your twitter!
You should do pronouns.
Pronoun- a noun that has lost it’s amateur status.
After a quick jaunt through the internet (because I thought tomorrow was a noun), I found that it is an adverb, and that is because it describes when something will happen. In this case, a walk will happen.
Yay! I feel smart…ish.
No, an adverb describes how it will happen.
Adverbs have more than one use. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/adverbs.htm
Isn’t “ever” an adverb?
Yes. Thanks for pointing out how this “rule” is even more absurd.
At the very least, it presents itself as a “sign of weak writing and a stupid author.”
I wonder how they’d try to ‘correct’ that sentence.
“A sign of fan-fiction”? x3
(I am a fan of fan-fiction. Published authors tend not to be. I think they’re just upset that no matter how good they are, someone will write fan-fiction set in their world, which will be read by more people than their books)
Oh, and screw “weak writing” and such, those actually make sense given the lack of a better term, and have little redundancy.
Try “Horrid monstrosity” and “Terrible Blight”
Did they mean to set them apart from the nice monstrosities and the fun blights? o.O
Sure, there’s Frankenstein, but I dunno if he doesn’t still count as Horrid, nice personality or not…
The next page in his book talks about the unused 27th letter of our alphabet. All hail Ampersand!!!!!!!! &<———this is Ampersand, or "Am per se and" as it should be said. It's actually a combination of the letter 'e' & 't' or et, which is the latin for and.
Now everyone knows something that most english majors do not!!!
I just made everyone smarter!!!!!
According to Not Always Right, they don’t have the ampersand in Alabama. When asked to identify the model of his phone equipment, one Alabama citizen replied:
“It says A…T…something in Chinese…and another T.”
I wanna know the title of the book peanut’s reading.
“Write like a writer”, by Clippit M.
How do you get a different avatar pic in each post, Frank?
My e-mail is name @ gmail.com
I registered name + expression @ gmail.com with Gravatar. Since Gmail ignores everything after a + sign, I can have all the confirmation e-mails arrive to my one e-mail address and still have several expressions!
But Frank, what if I want to write like a mathematician?
Then work it out.
Peanut, Y U SO ADORABLE!? XDD
The irony, the word “The” is an adverb. It’s also the most commonly used word in the English language. Try to not use adverbs now.
If “The” is an adverb, then the english language needs to get its grammar rules sorted, as it doesn’t add detail to a verb <.<
“The” is what’s known as an article, not an adverb.
Curses, led on into a false feeling of intelligence by English teacher yet again.
How can I translate *that* ?! ;_;
“Les adverbes sont un charge terrible sur notre langue”?
ADVERBS ARE GODLY
I guess my Lolly, lolly, lolly joke wasn’t liked… :c (It was spam, eh?)
Maybe if you had said “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here”?
I love grammatical jokes! =D
adverbs are fun. Without them it would be more difficult to offend other people drectly. =P
Exactly how many adverbs did the author write to go around adverbs? =D
*(･_･; ((o_0)。uhh… )
The pet peeve I have is when people confuse adjectives with adverbs in daily speech. Someone will come out with something like “You did that quick,” and I’ll have to finish it with ‘ly’ in my head. (Sometimes out loud, if it’s a family member.)
Dictionary says that’s valid http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quick
Probably the same dictionaries that leave the “u” out of “colour”, “honour”, and “valour”, and the last “i” out of “aluminium”. :p
Příslovce jsou zásadní pro anglický jazyk.
I always kind of wondered what kind of dog peanut is. >_>
Really? I always imagined him as a toy poodle…
i dont get the joke here.
The basic point of avoiding adverbs is that you can say the same thing with less words.
Rofl I actually never thought Peanut would be intelligent enough to pick up on something like this. I mean half the people reading this had to look it up and some still don’t get the joke. I myself had to guess that the joke was that adverbs were used because I didn’t remember the definition. Still haven’t looked it up lol. Well high five for Peanut and his dogged (hahaha) determination to read as much as he can. If only it showed up in his Spot comics
Being and young and playful does not equate to stupidity. x3
Okay I get what adverbs are and all that but exactly why is Peanut saying “Wait a second”?
because that suggestion for a better sentence seems as though it is not better.
Not only is the sentence not better, but they tried and failed miserably not to use adverbs. I think it is nigh impossible to not use adverbs in our language. Sentences just sound better with them most of the time, although there is nothing wrong with using a better vocabulary.
We are talking about the same Peanut that finished Dune in one morning, right?
I wonder how fast it would take Peanut to read It by Stephen King. It took me twenty-six hours, including four hours of sleep.
It can also be argued that tomorrow is a noun outright.
Oh ye gods… why must people do this? There’s a certain point where “making your writing stronger” is really just changing things because you want to stick out or be original.
I prefer C.S. Lewis’ advice: Just tell the truth as best you can without any regard for the fact it’s been told before… and you will be original. I guess the same is true of the old stories.
the person who wrote this wasn’t a very smart person the reason adverbs exist is to make the english language understandable when writen, also he was a stuck up brit who couldn’t understand anything but his closed out world
It’s not a real book…
Peanut always looks so happy and content when he’s reading a book…
…at least until a squirrel collides with the window.
Somebody please explain the joke to me! please?!!?!?
That book author is only making the problem worse. By bringing the issue to light, he acknowledges that is a real issue. If were ignored, it would have been assimilated into the language and secretly been changed to be correct.
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