xkcd cartoons

Postings on Language Log (with initials of poster plus date of posting) and on AZBlog (with a date but no initials), plus some linguistically relevant xkcd postings not yet blogged on. xkcd postings are identified by their number plus their title on xkcd; an xkcd posting with number N can be viewed at http//xkcd.org/N/ .

Comments in square brackets are from me or Dave Sayers (from an 11/14/14 posting of his on the variationists’ mailing list, VAR-L) (Note: a few of the postings from Language Log Classic are missing images, but these can be seen by using the number of the posting.)

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ML, 7/20/06: Getting on the map:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003371.html
114: Computational Linguists [computational linguistics]
26: Fourier
37: Hyphen [syntax]

http://xkcd.com/145/
145: Parody Week: Dinosaur Comics [standard language ideologies]

http://xkcd.com/148/
148: Mispronouncing [standard language ideologies]

http://xkcd.com/166/
166: Misusing Slang [language change]

ML, 2/3/07: Charm school (and battling logicians):
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004139.html
207: What xkcd Means

ML, 2/14/07: Choice and meaning:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004194.html
222: Small Talk

ML, 4/10/07: The labyrinth guards:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004393.html
246: Labyrinth Puzzle

ML, 8/5/07: Emotional code:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004789.html
297: Lisp Cycles

AZ, 9/26/07: Hyphen migration, cartoon style:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004963.html
37: Hyphen [image missing]

ML, 10/8/07: Shooting down ‘amateur grammar nazis’:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004997.html
326: Effect an Effect [grammar / standard language ideologies]

AZ, 11/13/07: Like a ring in a bell:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005110.html
342: 1337: Part 2 [image missing]

ML, 10/20/07: To what after shampooing?:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005042.html
329: Turing Test

☛ EB, 12/6/07: Speak xkcd or die:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005191.html
84: National Language [national language ideology, US specifically]

EB, 12/31/07: Proxy debates:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005274.html
[about “Speak xkcd or die”]

ML, 1/11/08: In the funny papers:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005310.html
369: Dangers

BPo, 2/07/08: Unicode humor:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005372.html
380: Emoticon [image missing]

ML, 2/22/08: Just in case…:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005406.html
386: Duty Calls

ML, 3/3/08: Someone’s word order is wrong on the internet:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005424.html
[more on 386]

ML, 3/14/08: Cognitive therapy for word rage:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005457.html
385: How It Works

AZ, 3/22/08: Something wiki this way comes:
http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005482.html
285: Wikipedian Protester [image missing]

ML, 4/25/08: Closer, my ex, of you:

Closer, my ex, of you


415: Restraining Order

ML, 6/13/08: Linguistic purity?:

Linguistic purity?


435: Purity

ML, 7/18/10: Ranking fields by the difficulty of imposter detection:

Ranking fields by the difficulty of imposter detection


451: Impostor

ML, 9/3/08: Lists, comprehensive and otherwise:

Lists, comprehensive and otherwise


468: Fetishes

ML, 9/11/08: Supercollider? I hardly know her:

Supercollider? I hardly know her.


474: Turn-On

AZ, 9/25/08: Return to the dwarf planet Pluto:

Return to the dwarf planet Pluto


473: Still Raw

ML, 9/27/08: No comment:

No comment


481: Listen to Yourself

ML, 10/9/08: Munroe’s Law:

Munroe’s Law


483: Fiction Rule of Thumb

ML, 11/12/08: Eastward is as eastward does:

Eastward is as eastward does


503: Terminology

ML, 12/4/08: I’m rich!:

I’m rich!


512: Alternate Currency

ML, 12/19/08: Messing around:

Messing around


519: 11th Grade

http://xkcd.com/529/
529: Sledding Discussion [language acquisition]

ML, 1/13/09: Too many communication modalities:

Too many communication modalities


530: I’m An Idiot

ML, 2/4/09: Statistically significant other:

Statistically Significant Other


539: Boyfriend

ML, 5/5/09: Wait, what?:

Wait, what?


508: Drapes
163: Donald Knuth
437: SUV
108: M.C. Hammer Slide
518: Flow Charts

AZ, 7/17/09: Erdős?:

Erdős?


599: Apocalypse

AZ, 7/21/09: Cross-modal interference:

Cross-modal interference


604: Qwertial Aphasia

ML, 7/23/09: Conversational incongruence:

Conversational incongruence


611: Disaster Voyeurism

ML, 8/20/09: Levels of misunderstanding:

Levels of misunderstanding


625: Collections

ML, 9/2/09: Illustrating the maxim of quantity…:

Illustrating the maxim of quantity…


630: Time Travel

ML, 10/4/09: God speed the plow:

God speed the plow


643: Ohm

ML, 10/9/09: Time and the river:

Time and the river


647: Scary

BZ, 4/9/10: Revenge, literally speaking:

Revenge, literally speaking


725: Literally

ML, 4/22/10: Hypothesis-driven research:

Hypothesis-driven research


54: Science

ML, 5/5/10: Sex and color language:

Sex and color language


Color Survey Results
on xkcd blog: results of online color survey

ML, 5/12/10: 22 arguments:

22 arguments


739: Malamanteau [portmanteaus]

ML, 5/22/10: Unce:

Unce


740: The Tell-Tale Beat

ML, 5/26/10: I kept doingn it wrongn:

I kept doingn it wrongn


745: Dyslexics

http://xkcd.com/762/
762: Analogies [rhetoric]

DB, 7/11/10: Count on xkcd:

Count on xkcd


764: One Two

ML, 7/23/10: “Context is everything” again:

“Context is everything” again


770: All the Girls

ML, 8/15/10: Period speech:

Period speech


771: Period Speech [language change / historical linguistics]

GP, 9/27/10: Obscene intensificatory adverb frequencies:

Obscene intensificatory adverb frequencies


798: Adjectives [corpus linguistics]

ML, 10/26/10: Just add “intelligent” and “informed” …:

Just add “intelligent” and “informed” …


810: Constructive

ML, 11/6/10: Once more into the malamanteau:

Once more into the malamanteau


more discussion on malamanteau

ML, 1/20/11: Getting real:

Getting real


849: Complex Conjugate

ML, 2/4/11: Digitoneurolinguistic hacking:

Digitoneurolinguistic hacking


856: Trochee Fixation

ML, 2/8/11: What does “even” even mean?:

What does “even” even mean?


156: Commented

ML, 2/21/11: Collegiate learning:

Collegiate Learning


863: Major in the Universe

ML, 3/6/11: They almost non-metaphorically never complain about this!:

They almost non-metaphorically never complain about this!


725: Literally

ML, 3/10/11: Adspeak:

Adspeak


870: Advertising

ML, 3/15/11: Eigenfeet, eigenfaces, eigenlinguistics, …:

Eigenfeet, eigenfaces, eigenlinguistics, …


872: Fairy Tales

5/5/11: Idiocracy:

idiocracy


603: Idiocracy

ML, 5/6/11: Bonferroni rules:

Bonferroni rules


882: Significant

ML, 5/20/11: No word for Rapture:

No word for Rapture


900: Religions

BZ, 6/28/11: The pleasures of recursive acronymy:

The pleasures of recursive acronymy


917: Hofstadter

ML, 7/1/11: Hated words:

Hated words


919: Tween Bromance [word rage, word aversion]

ML, 7/11/11: Important editorial advice:

Important editorial advice


923: Strunk and White

GP, 8/12/11: Password strength:

Password strength


926: Password Strength

ML, 9/28/11: Integration of knowledge:

Integration of knowledge


957: Development

ML, 11/6/11: Kids today yesterday:

Kids today yesterday


973: MTV Generation

GP, 12/3/11: Grayton support down by 19%:

Grayton support down by 19%


985: Percentage Points

ML, 1/23/12: The sustainability bubble:

The sustainability bubble


1007: Sustainable [corpus linguistics]

1/23/12: Fucking ambiguity:

Fucking ambiguity


90: Jacket

1/23/14: Fiction rule of thumb:

Fiction rule of thumb


483: Fiction Rule of Thumb

1/30/12: Etymology-Man:

Etymology-Man


1010: Eymology-Man [etymology]

ML, 3/19/12: A non-mathematical theory of communication:

A non-mathematical theory of communication


1028: Communication

3/30/12: Formal logic:

Formal logic


1033: Formal Logic

5/7/12: xkcd back-formation:

xkcd back-formation


1052: Every Major’s Terrible

ML, 6/13/12: Your typical sentence:

Your typical sentence


1068: Swiftkey

7/13/12: Person or robot?:

Person or robot?


773: University Website

☛ 7/29/12: Amazing app:

Amazing app


1085: ContextBot

BZ, 9/14/12: A cautionary vision of things to come:

A cautionary vision of things to come


1108: Cautionary Ghost [on literally: semantics / language change / standard language ideologies]

ML, 11/21/12: It’s worse than you thought:

It’s worse than you thought


1137: RTL

ML, 12/14/12: Hydrated and delicious:

Hydrated and delicious


replay of 919: Tween Bromance [word rage, word aversion]

4/10/13: Ups and downs:

Ups and downs


1197: All Adobe Updates

5/2/13: The 12-inch pianist:

The 12-inch pianist


532: Piano

7/16/13: Internet enlightenment:

Internet enlightenment


1238: Enlightenment

8/23/13: Means of communication:

Means of communication


1254: Preferred Chat System

ML, 11/14/13: xkc-infix-d:

xkc-infix-d


1290: Syllable Planning

BZ, 11/18/13: Can “[adjective]-ass” occur predicatively?:

Can “[adjective]-ass” occur predicatively?


37: Hyphen

1/18/14: Academic purity:

Academic purity


435: Purity

ML, 1/27/14: A stick tower by any other name:

A stick tower by any other name


1322: Winter

1/28/14: xkcd vocabulary:

xkcd vocabulary


another posting of 1322

2/11/14: Messing with my mind:

Messing with my mind


559: No Pun Intended

3/24/14: My Hobby Comics:

My Hobby Comics


559 again
326: Effect an Effect
174: That’s What SHE Said
259: Clichéd Exchange
1340: Unique Date
75: Curse Levels

ML, 6/18/14: (Prosodic) foot fetish:

(Prosodic) foot fetish


1383: Magic Words

ML, 8/25/14: Teenage Mutant Turtle Metrics:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Metrics


1412: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

10/11/14: Strunk & White and Strunk/White:

Strunk & White and Strunk/White


reposting of 7/11/11 cartoon (923)

11/6/14: Language nerd:

Language nerd


1443: Language Nerd

11/7/14: Adverb and Adverbial:

Adverb and Adverbial


follow-up to “Language nerd” posting

ML, 11/19/14: The Insular Islands:

The Insular Islands


1449: Red Rover

12/14/14: Small Moon:

Small moon


1458: Small Moon

GP, 2/6/15: Linguists get tough on promoting language change:

Linguists get tough on promoting language change


1483: Quotative Like

2/6/15: Data on xkcd:

Data on xkcd


1429: Data

2/10/15: technically:

Technically


1475: Technically

3/13/15: leg-jiggling:

leg-jiggling


228: Resonance

3/16/15: xkcd on science and math:

xkcd on science and math


1489: Fundamental forces; 287: NP-Complete

3/28/15: na na n:

na na na


851: Na

4/17/15: Sevens:

Sevens


1417: Seven

ML, 4/17/15: Style guide:

Style guide


1513: Code Quality

5/6/15: Disciplines in competition:

Academic disciplines in competition


1520: Degree-Off

5/27/15: Association by bracketing:

Association by bracketing


1529: Brackets

ML, 5/29/15: The BDLPSWDKS Effect:

The BDLPSWDKS Effect


1531: The BDLPSWDKS Effect

ML, 7/3/15: Ancestors:

Ancestors


1545: Strengths and Weaknesses

ML, 7/22/15: Spice lists:

Spice lists


1554: Spice Girls

7/28/15: Going on in Antwerp:

Going on in Antwerp


slides for Traugott/Zwicky IPrA paper on My Hobby xkcd cartoons

☛ ML, 7/29/15: Recursive romantics:

Recursive romantics


1557: Ozymandias

ML, 8/10/15: Orthography and meaning:

Orthography and meaning


1562: I in Team

9/4/15: Two from xkcd:

Two from xkcd


1571: Car Model Names
1572: xkcd Survey

ML, 9/11/15: Caring, more or less:

Caring, more or less


1576: I Could Care Less

9/13/15: Caring:

Caring


1576 again

ML, 10/21/15: Describing events:

Describing events


1593: Play-By-Play

ML, 11/9/15: Take a Hint:

Take A Hint


1601: Isolation

ML, 11/11/15: Linguistics Club:

Linguistics Club


1602: Linguistics Club

ML, 11/18/15: Nicholas Wade’s DNA decoded:

Nicholas Wade’s DNA decoded


1605: DNA

1/6/16: The New Year’s resolution:

The New Year’s resolution


about xkcd cartoons; Eugene Chan tribute to xkcd

ML, 2/12/16: The gravitational internet:

The gravitational internet


1642: Gravitational Waves

ML, 2/19/16: Brilliant:

Brilliant


1645: Toasts

ML, 2/26/16: Scrambled pairings:

Scrambled pairings


1648: Famous Duos

ML, 3/7/16: Pedantic about biscuit conditionals:

Pedantic about biscuit conditionals


1652: Conditionals

ML, 3/26/16: Good question:

Good question


1660: Captain Speaking

ML, 3/29/16: Semantic differential: Podium or lectern?:

Semantic differential: Podium or lectern?


1661: Podium

ML, 7/8/16: The Legend of Gnome Ann: The Legend of Gnome Ann
1704: The Legend of Gnome Ann

ML, 7/21/16: Pictographic English?: Inflection
1709: Inflection

ML, 7/29/16: PolitiFact says: Politifact
1712: Politifact

8/6/16: xkcd mansplaining:

xkcd mansplaining


1716: Time Travel Thesis

8/11/16: Collatz days:

Collatz days


710: Collatz Conjecture (3/5/10)

ML, 8/27/16: Rexthor: Linear Regression
1725 Linear Regression

ML, 9/16/16: Some kind of strict police: Fashion Police and Grammar Police
1735 Fashion Police and Grammar Police

11/16/16: Placenames of the British isles:

Placenames of the British Isles


1759 British Map

12/13/16: Three from xkcd:

Three from xkcd


1767 US State Names
1770 UI Change
1771 It Was I

ML, 12/19/16: Adjective foods:

Adjective foods


1774 Adjective Foods

12/22/16: Edible adjectives:

Edible adjectives


1774 Adjective Foods

3/22/17: An outrageous but colorful pun:

An outrageous but colorful pun


1814 Color Pattern

4/26/17: The geological vocabulary bluff:

The geological vocabulary bluff


1829 Geochronology

ML, 5/8/17: Lunch order::

Lunch order


1834 Lunch Order

5/9/17: For want of an A, the world was saved:

For want of an A, the world was saved


1834 Lunch Order

GP, 5/11/17: Similes for quality of computer code:

Similes for quality of computer code


discussion of three cartoons:
1513 Code Quality
1695 Code Quality 2
1833 Code Quality 3

ML, 5/17/17: Machine learning:

Machine learning


1838 Machine Learning

5/27/17: Memorial Saturday 4:

Memorial Saturday 4


#4 1841 Who?

ML, 6/2/17: Slightly unfair, but funny:
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=33024
1845 State Word Map

6/7/17: The word came down on Pentecost:

The word came down on Pentecost


#8 1845 State Word Map

7/8/17: Words on a wall:

Words on a wall


1860 Communicating

8/2/17: Adventures in compounding:

Adventures in compounding


1681 Laser Products

8/5/17: This way to the regress:

This way to the regress


1872 Backup Batteries

4/3/18: Research Risks and Name Dominoes:

Research Risks and Name Dominoes


1904 Research Risks
1970 Name Dominoes

5/4/18: Initialisms off the rails:

Initialisms off the rails


1989 IMHO

7/22/18: Rubber and glue:

Rubber and glue


#2: 1139 Rubber and Glue

12/20/18: Sports commentary:

Sports commentary


904 Sports

6/2/20: Cereal adjectives:

Cereal adjectives


#2: 1774 Adjective food

8/31/20: Synonyphilia:

Synonyphilia


2352 Synonym Date

10/19/20: The xkcd dialect quiz:

The xkcd dialect quiz


2372 Dialect quiz

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