Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Apparently Randall hates some ridiculous neologisms. Cueball seems to be dictating a "Tween bromance" story or novel to Megan, who is possibly typing it up. He is including all the words that get to Megan in a sequence. Megan is just annoyed and starts to shriek in rage; considering Cueball keeps speaking more annoying words in the title text, that seems to have been the point.
- "Tween" means a pre-adolescent. Portmanteau of teen and between, specifically between the ages of nine (9) and thirteen (13).
- "Bromance" means a close non-sexual friendship between two males. Portmanteau of brother and romance.
- "Guesstimate" means an estimate made with very little information. Portmanteau of guess and estimate.
- "Frenemy" means a mixture of a friend and a rival. Portmanteau of friend and enemy.
- "Yiff" is a word invented by the furry community. In most contexts it simply means "fornicate", supposedly derived from the sound a fox makes during mating.
- "moist" is an ordinary word, but one that many people find mildly creepy, especially in this context.
- "Taint" is the part between the genitals and the anus (perineum) in slang.
- "Panties" is a common term in the U.S. for women's underwear.
- "Preggers" a slang term for being pregnant.
- "verbiage" is a fairly new usage of an older word, meaning too many words used to explain a subject.
- "Va-jay-jay" /vəˈjājā/ IPA /vəˈdʒeɪdʒeɪ/ is just a way of saying "vagina".
- "Irregardless" is a solecism. Or perhaps this portmanteau.
Like this comic fills a sentence with (gross) neologisms, 550: Density crams a sentence with memes.
According to 1485: Friendship, Randall doesn't like the word bromance much either.
- [All of Cueball's lines are overlaid over the entire comic; the panels listed are merely the ones directly under each sentence fragment.]
- [Cueball is standing smugly behind Megan, who is seated in front of a computer and typing.]
- Cueball: By my guesstimate,
- Cueball: my frenemy yiffed so hard
- Cueball: her moist taint made
- [Megan's eye twitches.]
- Cueball: her panties preggers!
- Megan: STOP IT STOP IT!
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Language elitist. Davidy²²[talk] 09:26, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
I think this needs an incomplete flag: the explanation needs more contextual detail, about colloquial portmanteaus like 'frenemy' and the common disapproval of 'words' like 'irregardless'. --Mynotoar (talk) 08:59, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
GAH! He's not DICTATING, the title is another joke! Tween? Bromance? Come on fellas and ladies. They are the first two portmanteaus! Cueball is essentially spitting out a sentence with an endless stream of irritating, inane, infintilisms, in an incredibly insensitive, lol, effort to drive Megan to the brink of insanity! Couldn't resist that last one. Yiffed made me giggle, the rest, connected to it, made my abs hurt from laughing, especially after Megan's reaction. He deserves a medal. Oh goodness. No profile so please don't use my IP address to violate me via the Internetz, if that is possible to do with an IP address. I would not know. Grazie. 188.8.131.52 09:32, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
I'm not anybody here, I was just passing by and enjoying the annotations on these xkcd comics, but it seems to me like no explanation of this comic would be complete without talking about word aversion, sometimes called "the moist panties phenomenon", if someone wants to be funny. Basically, he is listing words that make people (or Randall himself?) uncomfortable. This page --- http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004835.html -- talks about word aversion in relation to the more common "word rage" that some neologisms and words that began as errors provoke. 184.108.40.206 08:52, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
The back of the chair is missing in the first frame. Probably just a mistake but didn't see it mentioned. 220.127.116.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Just a question: tween really is PRE-adolescent?? I always thought it was the equivalent of ten -> teen for twenty, so someone out of their teens, but in their (presumably early) twenties. I definitely have seen it used as such on different occasions, but it might have been by non-native speakers, as I am not living in an english-speaking country. Also, in my opinion, the rest of the comic has more of a twenty-somethings-who-never-came-out-of-puberty ring to it than a child's. 18.104.22.168 19:41, 30 August 2016 (UTC)
By my understanding, a "tween" is someone aged (roughly) 10-12, i.e. somewhere "between" early childhood and teenager-hood. 22.214.171.124 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)