222: Small Talk

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 20:29, 12 February 2013 by St.nerol (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Small Talk
But surely I owe you an accurate answer!
Title text: But surely I owe you an accurate answer!

Explanation

Cueball is approached by his friend who offers the standard greeting of, "What's Up? How've you been?" In standard "small talk" an appropriate answer would be only one or two words (e.g. "Fine", "Pretty good"). These are generally positive responses, with negative ones only offered in extreme circumstances. In this situation, Cueball forgets that this type of answer is what his friend is expecting. Instead, he contemplates thoroughly on his condition, wanting to provide accurate, detailed information to his friend. His response sheds light on the many layers of meaning a simple question such as "What's up?" can have. His friend, thrown off by the delayed response, snaps to regain Cueball's attention and reminds him that they are having a conversation, which is best facilitated by the standard short responses. The title text shows that Cueball was more interested in accuracy than the ease of the conversation.

Transcript

Cueball (Thought): Sometimes I forget how to do small talk.
Friend: Hey!
Cueball:Hey, Man!
Friend: What's Up? How've you been?
Cueball: Well...
[Three identical frames indicate time passes]
Friend: Uh, You ok?
Cueball: Yeah! It's just an interesting question. I'm trying to decide what best sums up my--
Friend: Hey. Conversation.
[Friend *Snaps*]
Cueball: Oh, right. I'm fine. You?
comment.png add a comment!

Discussion

You know, Dr. Manhattan had a response to the question "What's up?" 84.251.27.117 22:55, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Tools

It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal or Bitcoin?