1009: Sigh

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Sigh
If you're annoying enough, you can get them to respond with an involuntary second sigh and get a rhythm going.
Title text: If you're annoying enough, you can get them to respond with an involuntary second sigh and get a rhythm going.

Explanation

Cueball is mispronouncing the name of the British TV show, that is also currently shown in the US, which is Downton Abbey. Mispronouncing the title as DownTOWN Abbey causes Megan to sigh because it is such a common and (to fans of the show at least) stupid mistake. Mispronouncing the title changes the meaning from being about the eponymous Yorkshire Country Estate (pronounced doun-tuhn ab-ee) to being about a monastery in the midst of a large city (incorrectly pronounced doun-toun ab-ee)

LMFAO is a ubiquitous group in the US on radio, TV and even strange commercials with rodents riding in cars with their song, Party Rock Anthem. However, this comic is a reference to another one of their songs, "Sexy And I Know It." The relevant lyrics go something like this:

sigh… girl look at that body
sigh… girl look at that body
sigh… girl look at that body
ah-ah, I work out!

The alt text is pretty self explanatory, especially if the person already knows the music.

Transcript

[Cueball is standing behind Megan, who's sitting and watching TV.]
Cueball: Hey, is that Downtown Abbey? What town is it in the downtown of, anyway?
Megan: *siiiiiiigh*
Cueball: —girl look at that body.
We should thank LMFAO for giving us such a great way to respond to exasperated sighs.


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Discussion

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah! 173.245.63.180 22:59, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

the "rodents riding in cars with their song, Party Rock Anthem" link is requiring a login on youtube (private video) 108.162.254.158 10:44, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

-> Fixed the link, let's see how long it lasts. 162.158.90.246 00:50, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

    Well I just went to the link just over a month after your comment and once again it requires a sign in. 162.158.62.231 17:28, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

I'm glad to find out that's a song lyric; the idea that Cueball is turned on by Maggie Smith was a little disturbing.173.245.50.174 00:48, 7 September 2015 (UTC)