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"Edgelord" is modern slang, often used to refer to someone insultingly. It describes a provocateur, often one with an adolescent mindset and lacking subtlety or restraint. The term derives from the word "edgy", which is used to describe things which are designed to be provocative.
This Comic plays on the fact that Graphs (or, at least, the objects in graphs) have EDGES. Saying someone with a Graph Theory PH.D. is an Edgelord (a master of edges) is a bit like saying Your cat is a miniature wolverine (because she/he has retractable claws).
Also, Whitehat seems to shout "No", which is ironic, because he seems to be on edge.
Because "edgelord" is perceived as an insult by socially aware adults, Cueball is actually provoking Whitehat, making Cueball the edgelord in this interaction.
The title text makes the same joke, except that the title would be Hyperedgelord (master of Hyperedges) instead of Edgelord (a master of edges that aren't hyperedges)
Humor here also lies in that Cueball, in accusing Whitehat of being an Edgelord, is being provocative himself and therefore somewhat edgy. Similar situational humor is also found in 2008:_Irony_Definition
- [Cueball and White Hat are standing next to each other and are discussing]
- Cueball: So, I hear you're a real edgelord.
- White Hat: No!
- [Caption below the frame:]
- How to annoy a graph theory Ph.D.
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Presumably has something to do with https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=edgelord
126.96.36.199 04:37, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
What is up with the wolverine? Am I missing a joke here? Possibly a reference somewhere else? 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- That is a reference to Wolverine, the Marvel Comics character, who has retractable "claws" stowed in his forearms and come out the back of his hands. The claws of an actual wolverine, like others in the family Mustelidae, are permanently extended. Nutster (talk) 12:41, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- It seems to me like the Wolverine thing is almost a non sequitur. I think a better comparison would be "like calling an engineering student a 'forcelord'" or "calling an astronomy PhD a 'Starlord'", or a pharmacologist a 'Druglord'. -- Angel (talk) 13:02, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- Agree. Update made.184.108.40.206 13:19, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- Aww... You guys made a better comparison than me. I put in the wolverine thing just to make a point that it was silly yet technically (by the loosest definition) accurate. I'm sorry it confused you. V (talk) 22:25, 23 August 2018 (UTC) ~
- And someone studying military theory would be a Warlord? Or Lord of War? Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 06:53, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
- There is an academic title called Master of War https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/master-war-studies-8571 220.127.116.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
If you are actually an "edgelord", wouldn't you answer "no" anyway to provoke once again? Fabian42 (talk) 08:40, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
I feel like there should be some discussion of what an edge (or hyper-edge) is in graph theory. 18.104.22.168 10:20, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Good that he doesn't call his plumber a shitlord. Might need one again. 22.214.171.124 11:54, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
So... is the joke just a half-working pun on "edge", or am I missing something? 126.96.36.199 14:28, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- Yes <188.8.131.52 15:29, 22 August 2018 (UTC)>
So… Does this mean that white hat has a PhD in Graph Theory? 184.108.40.206 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- It seems so. But please sign your comments. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:54, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- Well, the White Hat in this comic has one. Doesn't necessarily imply the same thing about White Hats in any other comics. 220.127.116.11 08:19, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
Nothing to do with the Doctor who is a Time Lord? --18.104.22.168 20:16, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
- That's where my mind went as well, but I have no way to make that connection. (P.S. I love Alton Brown's description of himself on Twitter as a "Thyme Lord". I almost wanted to add that as a "calling a chef" example above!) 22.214.171.124 14:41, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
Hehe "Starlord"--126.96.36.199 03:52, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
About a week before this comic, SlackWyrm posted this one: http://www.joshuawright.net/slack-wyrm-329.html Does that help? 188.8.131.52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Nice comics and the edgelord theme runs until #335. Not sure if Randall knows this because he mentions many others at xkcd but not Joshua Wright. Nevertheless it's funny and maybe worth for a trivia section. Opinions? --Dgbrt (talk) 15:18, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
I trolled my friends with this comic, saying that they are a hyper-edgelord. I had a lot of giggles from that.Boeing-787lover 07:28, 6 October 2018 (UTC) -- Xkcdreader52 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
In Russian, word "graph" is also used to mean count's title.
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