Isn’t she nice for asking first?
Said “please” and everything.
Beer: it makes you nicer, until it makes you meaner!
So you’re saying Mike just has a HUGE alcohol tolerance then?
Yes. Yes we were. Mike doesn’t want to be nice, so he probably doesn’t drink much. 😛
For Ruth, that’s about as Canadian as she’ll get. However, that “may I please punch your sternum” was NOT a question. -cue Ruth smashing fist into Billie’s sternum-
The true north strong and -oof-
Well, she said please.
See, she’s nice.
nice and mean.
But still nice.
My crossover-sense is tingling.
By Joe sending dudes to alternate universes.
At this point, in 2012, maybe 10% of the readers of this feed have any idea why.
Now I need to go check every Ruth appearance, and see if she ever said the word “aboot”. 😉
Sal’s the only person whose accent really ever stood out to me in the dialog bubbles. I think I woulda remembered her dropping such a blatant Canadianism.
I’m simply going to read any time Ruth says about as aboot. Also her head flaps when she talks in my head now.
Well, you beat me to that one.
Canadians do not say “aboot”. Well, at least none that I have ever run into. Perhaps the maritime accent is strong enough to sound like that, but southern Ontario has an accent more closely resembling northern Michigan.
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard someone from Michigan say “aboot”, so that’s not a very strong argument.
Southern Ontario, yeah. That’s the accent exhibited by the likes of Peter Jennings and Alex Trebek. But I’ve got friends from up North Bay way, and they sound like every Canadian stereotype ever.
What about Vancouver, seeing as one of the few Canadians of note that I’m familiar with (Angela Melick of Wasted Talent … yes, my celebsphere mainly revolves around interwebs, shut up) lives there and I don’t recall her dropping many stereotyped Canuckisms…
Pamela Anderson, Michael J. Fox, Jim Carey, Michael Myers… Canadians all say “aboot” the way Americans all say “y’all.” It’s a very small regional pronounciation that’s been blown up to a stereotype for the whole country.
Canadians say it normally. Americans say “abat.”
Northern Michigan is more of a “don cha kno” like the mom from Bobby’s world. Canadians don’t sound like that to me at all heh.
I can confirm that some Canadians say “aboot” and we had great fun working the conversation around until he accidentally would.
But I don’t know what part he was from off the top of my head, so I dunno how widespread it is.
Its more a French Canadian accent thing. Eastern Canada is closer to a Scottish one.
Yes, I am Canadian, the only time I have heard “aboot”, it was my wife, and she is from Nova Scotia.
A stereotypical Canadian accent thing that does seem to be true as far as I can tell, and more widespread, is the pronunciation of “sorry” as “soary”. It’s especially odd because it’s a trademark of an accent that’s not nearly as strong, so you’ll be hearing someone speak in what sounds roughly like ordinary Midwestern American English and then suddenly that one word will stick out like a sore thumb.
I think it sounds more like aboat than aboot, eh. I think it’d be more interesting to see if she ever says eh.
I am from Nova Scotia, and I can confirm that it is indeed much closer to “Aboat” than “Aboot.” 😛
Ruth is very specific about the body parts she inflicts damage to, isn’t she?
It’s only the polite thing to do.
Thak you kindly.
i’m canadian too 😮
DoA: Busting stereotypes one fist at a time.
Well, she’s nice about punching someone in the sternum.
She’ll politely remove your femurs.
And mess up your FAAAACE. (Or was that meme triggered by some other act of violence?)
Face was triggered by no violence, but by Billie wanting Joyce to get out of hers. Rather emphatically. (If I recall correctly.)
The line was “I’m fine. Shut your face.”
Now we just need to see Billie fail math, Joyce be excellent at basketball, Sarah to hate fried chicken, and Ethan to tip extra on a meal.
Have I offended everyone, yet?
You forgot to accuse Marcie of being a motormouth.
She was last seen on a motor…
It took me a minute of staring at the screen wondering “there’s a stereotype of gay people not tipping well?” before I got the last one.
I had the exact same reaction.
Eh Joe should tip well and Ethan should be a slob who wears clashing outfits.
Isn’t Ethan that already? The stricter stereotype of gay guys usually excludes “into robot toys” and includes “into girly stuff.”
Not really a slob in clashing outfits though.
Really depends who you talk to, collection of vintage toys according to some people is considered “camp”.
You immediately made me think of the Simpsons episode. WAs that the intent?
I wonder if DOA has to deal with a lockout?
Also Canadian, and also pissed about Hockey.
I was wondering the same thing – is it still 2010 in Dumbing of Age, or would stuff like the current NHL lockout be on the horizon?
(That said, will current events ever have any sort of an impact on DoA if the comic month and that particular month of the year happen to be intersecting, and something important happens?
It is technically now, forever. Like no matter how slowly time goes in DOA it is present day. That’s just how it works.
Well, hopefully by the time it hits hockey season in DoA the lockout will not be a problem.
#4, people. #4: http://www.dumbingofage.com/about/
Is there a hockey lockout in the non-specific year that the comic is taking place in?
Exactly, non-specific year.
The question stands: Does DOA have to deal with a lockout?
No. They have to deal with a universe where the Blues can actually win the Cup, instead.
oh, I wanted to try #5 to see if it would happen, but then I read #6
Ah, so it’s going to operate under the same weird principle as Questionable Content, where it takes a year for a month to pass by yet the music references are always current. Which is probably part of why Jeph Jacques has stopped writing so many in.
There’s a hockey lockout? Huh? (Oh, and for those who didn’t know, I’m also Canadian.)
There’s a lockey hockout!
If there was I think Gary Bettman would be missing a femur by now.
Finally! This point was way too far down on the comments for me. You all fail at hockey! 😉
So I just finished roomies, its walky, and joyce and walky. I also caught up in shortpacked. May I just say WOW
How long did it take you to cover 15 years of material?
Ruth is very good at talking with a bottle in her mouth.
It’s a Canadian thing, taught in school in Grade 3.
So if you dated Ruth, no one would believe you?
Hah! I get it!
‘Cause she’d be your girlfriend from Canada, right?
That’s excellent. 😀
Why don’t you go back to Canadia where you came from then!
– Put that Ruth back where she came from, or so help me!
– So help me!
– So help me get byyyyyy.
Hey, it’s the sequel to the classic musical “Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!”
Ruth canadian … now i like her more …please dont die of liver poisoning from all them booze.
Yesss… liver. THAT’S how Ruth would die from alcohol….
* tear *
She is Canadian, drinking American beer is like drinking water to her.
As opposed to how drinking American beer is for anyone else?
Yeah, she’s a polite Canadian in the same way Wolverine is.
I’m the best at what I do…and what I do is punch sternums.
I prefer aiming for the trachea myself. (I wonder if Ruth is a biology major.)
He even says what he does isn’t very nice!
Hey its not just Canadian’s that like hockey. Detroit loves some hockey.
The rest of the world is rather fond of tonsil-hockey.
I’m more of a fan of Hookey.
Wouldn’t that be, like, REALLY painful and involve a lot of blood?
Only if she’s on her period and is demanding you play with her lower set of lips….
I’m not too familiar with hockey, are the innings called periods or something and the goals sometimes called lips? Like, at the end of the period he scored a goal in the south lips?
And on a related note, not all Canadians like hockey, either. In fact, the only “sport” I really like is Chess. I can barely skate, even.
Shhh! Not so loud. I have my wife convinced that having to watch hockey on Saturday night is in the Canadian constitution.
Well, the Maple Leafs jersey suddenly makes a lot more sense. I guess that means that Harold is stuck north of the border for a while, now. Maybe he’ll come visit on the Christmas break (10 years down the road…)
I keep thinking it’s an Avalon jersey.
How do you get a hundred Canadians out of a pool? You ask: please get out of the pool.
“No problem, b’y, soary we inconvenienced ya there, eh?”
Aboot? Well, of course.
I’m Canadian….I get asked that a lot too ;__;
Just thought of something. Billie, lock your closet.
Obligatory Shut Up and Kiss comment.
Surprised it took this long
She asked. Progress!
WOULD YOU KINDLY allow me to punch your sternum?
Incidentally, Ruth and Billie would make a great Big Daddy/Little Sister combo.
Canadian! Me thinks Ruth just went up 10% on the hot nerd scale! Whos with me on giving one bongoy Canuck a food guck?
So much for canadian niceness.
There’s a reason she’s living in the states now.
There was something really funny about that.
“What are you, Canadian?”
Silly Ruth, it’s actually late September!
“You may punch it, as long as immediately after you lick it and then the rest of me.”
As if she would ask for permission.
Apparently we swear more as well.
Actually, Canadians aren’t that polite. We just seem that way because we’re next to the Americans.
As an american I must say…
we RESEMBLE that remark.
Not nice, polite. It’s a common misconception.
dun dun DUUUUUUNNNNNN!
Please start making out, NOW!
Wait.. i have to wait for hockey in this universe too?! You may commence crying
What DON’T you have to wait for in this universe?
“NHL games won’t start for a few more weeks”
Ever the optimist.
Bear in mind that “in a few more weeks” in DoA-time is 2015.
. . . and Willis beats all of the peanut gallery in making a slow comic joke. Nice job.
With all the really specific bones Ruth is fond of, I’m guessing she’s taking some anatomy classes, if not majoring in Medicine (or Biology, or Vet, or Arts…)
Hockey is the real man’s sport.
When I went to college at University of North Dakota, sporting events were free for students. Even football. Hockey, however, you needed to pay to get in, and before they banned it, people would camp out for a couple weeks at the ticket office to have a chance at getting season passes. Not to mention, the students literally took over the arena during games; there were two sections set aside for students, but in reality it was more like there were two sections set aside for those who were not wearing at least two pieces of Fighting Sioux gear and carrying a beer (don’t get me started about the nickname).
Football? Basketball? Baseball? What are they again? Who needs anything else when you have hockey?
^THIS TIMES ABOUT A BILLIONTY SEVEN
What no lockout joke? I am disappoint.
You know, you could read that as Ruth asking if she could put her hand on Billie’s chest. ^_~
We’re not really nice, we’re just working on a subversive plan to take over the world when everyone least expects it.
Nice? I don’t remember Wolverine being nice, or Deadpool for that matter.
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