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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
[[Cueball]] wants a simple explanation so he asks [[Megan]] to "Explain it like I'm five". "Explain like I'm five" is a way of asking for a simpler explanation of some difficult topic. Megan applies this literally and talks to him as if he is a 5 year old child. This is an example of idiomatic language being taken literally, something that [[Randall]] has explored in other comics as well, such as [[1454: Done]].
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Megan tells Cueball that she is working on her {{w|Thesis|Thesis}}. A thesis consists of original research and generally deals with material that is difficult for the uninitiated to understand. Cueball anticipates that it will be difficult to understand, and asks her to "Explain like I'm five". Megan sarcastically treats Cueball as if he is an actual 5-year-old without his parents, expressing her concern that a 5-year-old is without any supervision.
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"Explain like I'm five" is a way of asking for a simpler explanation of some difficult topic -- a concept Randal has explored [[1133: Up Goer Five|previously]]. This is inspired (and apparently misquoted) by the [http://muse.tau.ac.il/maslool/boidem/54groucho.html famous quote] "''Why a four-year-old child could understand this report! Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail of it''" (Groucho Marx, Duck Soup, 1933).
  
In the title text, Megan feigns concern that she will have to abandon her work to take care of this supposed lost child and takes this role-playing further by refusing to respond to Cueball until he phrases his comments as a 5-year-old would.
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"Explain like I'm Five" is most notable on the highly popular subreddit [http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/ explain like im five], which incidentally bills itself as "not for literal five-year-olds."
  
The common expression "Explain it like I'm five" is inspired by a line by {{w|Groucho Marx}} in his movie {{w|Duck Soup (1933 film)|Duck Soup}}. "''Why a four-year-old child could understand this report! Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail of it.''"[http://muse.tau.ac.il/maslool/boidem/54groucho.html]
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As for the actual comic, Megan takes it literally by acting as if Cueball is an actual five year old. A five-year-old kid standing miles away from home without his parents talking to a strange woman is worrying, so Megan pretends to panic and asks where his parents are.
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The title text is a continuation of the literalism. When Cueball attempts to respond to Megan's questions, she asks him to also speak as if he is five.
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:Megan: Am I taking care of you? I have a thesis to write!
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:Cueball: My parents are at their house; you visited last--
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:Megan: No, no, explain like you're five.
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/ Explain like I'm five subreddit.]
 
*[http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/ Explain like I'm five subreddit.]
*[http://www.freerangekids.com freerangekids.com] blog for and by parents who would rather have their kids asking math grad students questions than constantly reporting their geocoordinates.
 
  
 
{{comic discussion}}
 
{{comic discussion}}
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[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]
 
[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]

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