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No. 305: Linguistics with Linus

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Linguistics with Linus

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Strip by: Reisen U. Inaba

Lucy: You thought you could pull a fast one, didn't you?
Lucy: You thought you could go out there in front of the whole PTA and slip in a little sermon, didn't you?
Linus: {Something in a quantum superposition state, which reads as a continuous transmuting text between:}
你怎么能在圣诞节说这么刻薄的话呢?(Regular Chinese)
妳㕆橪洅㕛延ㄗ悦䢒厸傩叮旳恬!(All the chinese characters were misspelled.)
子安得大言不慚於此聖誕佳節耶 (Ancient Chinese, with intranslatable idioms.)
크리스마스에 이렇게 까칠한 소리를 어떻게 해요?(Korean)
Tram-mļöi hhâsmařpţuktôx?(Îţkûil)
Jan sewi Jawe li toki e ni jan li lon ma wan li kepeken e toki sama li pali e tomo palisa. (Toki Pona)
{Final panel with Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Frieda, and Sally looking at the reader}
Caption: Merry Christmas!

The author writes:

In the original strip, Linus was saying "You speak harsh words at Christmas!" in Latin, then Lucy just became awkward from being unable to understand what Linus said, finding herself standing among all her neighbours who suddenly appeared from nowhere, looking at the fourth wall with them, and having a "Merry Christmas" text floating over her head, forcing herself to smile in order to not look so awkward and confused.

It couldn't be funnier and absurder unless I made Linus speak in some weirder languages.

Original Peanuts strip: 1963-12-25.