853: Consecutive Vowels

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Consecutive Vowels
But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too.
Title text: But the windows! What if there's a voyeur watchi-- wait, now I'm turned on too.


After extensive research, Cueball shows Megan a chart depicting the relationship between sexual arousal and consecutive vowels, showing that a high amount of consecutive vowels will make someone much more sexually aroused. Megan says she doesn't get it, but Cueball interrupts her with "queueing", a word with 5 consecutive vowels. Megan dramatizes this by immediately asking for sex with "FUCK ME NOW." The title text shows that Cueball is fearful that there may be a voyeur peeking at them, but as "voyeur" has 4 consecutive vowels if "y" is considered a vowel, Cueball is turned on as well.


The word "queueing" is not recognized by most spellcheckers, but is a spelling that refers to queueing theory, the study of queues. The present tense of queue should actually be "queuing".


Cueball: I was running a factor analysis on this huge database, and check out what it found:
[Cueball holds up the chart.]
[A graph plotting "sexual arousal" against "consecutive vowels." The trendline is a smooth exponential curve.]
Megan: Huh? This chart makes no sense. What--
Cueball: "Queueing"
[Megan grabs Cueball.]

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Present tense, or gerund? -- IronyChef (talk) 14:52, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

I always thought the voyeur reference was to the statistical voyeurism is http://xkcd.com/563/

I don't think y is a vowel in that word. 05:17, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Y is always a vowel. 15:21, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
No --JSekula71 (talk) 05:33, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
From the grammatical point of view, “y” is a vowel. If you would look at the pronunciation point of view then even “queue” is read /kjuː/ and therefore has only one vowel. STEN (talk) 19:53, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
Depends on barely audiable differences in pronunciation (vowel in voy-eur and consonant in vo-yeur). Would have to be voy-e-yor for every writen vow to be pronounced distinct from the others, though. Equally kyu-e-oo-ee. -- 17:52, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Can't you think of some way to find out?

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 18:17, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Y has to be a vowel here or it's not funny ~JFreund

I don't know if it's related, but 'queue' is the french word for 'tail', and it's slang for dick. Queueing sounds like 'queuter', which is slang for 'to fuck'. Bonob (talk) 14:30, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

So THAT's why the French are lovers, not fighters! Anonymous 04:30, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Seems to me the explanation does a pretty good job explaining. as the incomplete did not include a specific reason, I deleted it. Anonymous 06:51, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Isn't it related to the kind of long scream containing long string of vowels during climax ? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I'm slightly worried that Cueball has a (huge) database containing data on sexual arousal and consecutive vowels, such that they can be plotted against each other.... --Pudder (talk) 15:39, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

I don't think Megan is shouting here, considering how close the two are. While I can see that the italics may imply shouting, I would instead interpret the dialogue to be whispered with intensity, so as to establish a mood. 18:39, 11 March 2015 (UTC)Now That I'm Signing Right, I Guess I'll Go Make An Account

the axes aren't labeled #http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/833:_Convincing (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Even if it's acting as a consonant, it should count as half a vowel: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/semivowel 23:22, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

Has anyone else noticed that the scatter plot has waaaaay too many different x-values to have "queueing" and "voyeur" be near the top of the curve? (you can't have half a vowel in a sentence, so each different x-value should represent one additional vowel...) Qwerty Dvorak (talk) 11:08, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

What about Euouae? Euouae--Catnerd8695 (talk) 18:38, 8 April 2018 (UTC)