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No. 3704: Linguistics with Liz: Radishes of Our Ancient Forbearers

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Linguistics with Liz: Radishes of Our Ancient Forbearers

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Strip by: Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Liz: Jon?
Jon: Yes?
Liz: þū eart ǣnne hrædic
Jon: I will never understand Old English
Garfield: I think she just called you a radish

Liz: Jon?
Jon: Yes?
Liz: פולגא אנת
Jon: I will never understand Judeo-Aramaic
Garfield: I think she just called you a radish

Liz: Jon?
Jon: Yes?
Liz: 𒀜𒋫𒁍𒊌𒇻
Jon: I will never understand cuneiform
Garfield: I think she just called you a radish

Liz: Jon?
Jon: Yes?
Liz: ΡΑΦΑΝΙΣ ΕΙ ΟΥ
Jon: I will never understand Ancient Greek
Garfield: I think she just called you a radish

The author writes:

A paleolinguistic twist on an old, old meme. Garfield is quite the philologist, I gather. Also, cuneiform is a writing system, not a language (the text is in Akkadian). This is because Jon must be is subconsciously aware that he is in a comic strip and is seeing rather than hearing words. Also because it's funnier to write "𒀜𒋫𒁍𒊌𒇻" than it is to write "AD.TA BU.UG.LU."

Original strip: 2017-11-17.