Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Legaloops" leads to another sort of "oops"...


I find it amusing that this article is all about "legalese becoming legaloops"--focusing on how Google's lawyers overlooked some wording in Chrome's Terms of Service--yet whoever put together this article overlooked the screwily-written speech bubble in the cartoon. "All your copyrights are belong to Google Chrome?" And then the awkward-sounding response in the next speech bubble? Who wrote the speech bubbles for this cartoon? Did all the decent writers get the day off, and so the retarded monkeys got the assignments instead?

On a completely silly note, for some crazy reason, this cartoon reminds me of those Goofus and Gallant cartoons in the Highlights magazines I used to read when I was really little. But these new Goofus- and Gallant-type dudes are nerdier-looking than their predecessors...and apparently more retarded-sounding, too.

NOTE FROM THE GRAMMARPHILE: A number of you guys have e-mailed me to say that this wording is actually clever and intentional. Now I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry...but regardless, thanks for letting me know. ;)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's supposed to be that way. Please Google "all your base are belong to us."

Caleb said...

In reference to the speech bubble - look up "All your base are belong to us" in wikipedia.

Christopher Monnier said...

I think it's a clever play on the All your base are belong to us viral video that circulated a while ago.

But it does sort of look like a Goofus and Gallant cartoon.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Wait a sec, you guys--this is INTENTIONAL?

*headdesk*
*headdesk*
*headdesk*

Boy, do I ever feel a) unhip for NOT knowing this reference, and b) like I'm going to have an aneurysm.

ccr in MA said...

I don't know that I agree it's clever, but I would guess it was intentional.

Of course, I only know of it because knitters have come up with a related saying on a shirt: All your yarn are belong to us.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

It's LOLcat-speak: http://lolcats.com/.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hi, Katharine! Yeah, those LOLcats are charming, aren't they? They represent the one instance in which I think bad grammar is actually--dare I say it!--*cute*. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hey, ccr! Yeah, apparently it IS intentional. (It is also bad grammar. VERY bad grammar. Sigh.) And apparently I'm the only person on the planet who doesn't know/didn't get the joke, haha.

Aramink said...

I think it refers to Indian or Pakistani customer service reps, speaking the English they customarily speak, at least when they talk to me.