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No. 936: Gurfaild

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Strip by: Andrew Kepple

Garfield: Thet baok con't ba mero entiresteng thin ma.
Jon: Whet's naw weth yio, Gurfaild?
Garfield: Thet's nano ef yoor busuniss.

The author writes:

Inspired by #864, wherein all the vowels were removed, this comic's dialogue was made using a simple "vowel shift" formula - not a linguistic vowel shift or alphabetical substitution, but each instance of a, e, i, o, and u was copied and pasted into the place of the next vowel to appear in the dialogue. The last vowel then replaced the first vowel. The result could be mistaken for an odd dialect of English, possibly an extinct one. (Just for fun I applied the formula to "Jim Davis" on its own, hence the signature "Jim Divas".)

Some might argue that the "w" in "new" is a vowel, but as I said, this is not a linguistic formula.

Bonus strip: Girfeald.


My little vowel-shifting formula when applied in reverse appears to make it no more or less difficult to understand, but amusingly it did yield "boak" and "bisenass" (a cross between an American buffalo and a donkey, I presume).

[[Original strip: 2003-11-10]]

Original strip: 2003-11-10.