Monday, April 25, 2011

The XKCD guy just put up a comic in which he posits the "Falcon" part of "Millennium Falcon" doesn't make sense, due to etymology. 

I can tell the point he's trying to make, but he could've tried using better material.  I soon thought of a similar example that feels 10x better, from "The Lion King." 

(Incidentally, I made an earlier post in which I pointed out how the XKCD guy claimed to know "The Lion King" word-for-word, and in that very same comic he messed up one of the quotes.)

Late in the movie, Simba is talking to Rafiki, and Rafiki whacks him on the head with a stick.
Simba:  "Ow!  Jeez, what was that for?"
Rafiki:  "It doesn't matter.  It's in the past!"

Things like pop-culture references can be chalked up to coincidence.  Maybe when Pumbaa shouts, "They call me Mr. Pig!" that's just what he would shout normally.  Maybe when Zazu sings, "It's a small world after all," that's just an actual song popular in the grassland.  But how is Simba able to make a slangy reference to Jesus, considering he's a lion in Africa?  Does Jesus exist in the "Lion King" universe?  Was Jesus a human?  That's a reference to a historical figure, and not just a case of etymology--which is a step beyond the suspension-of-disbelief normally required when lions are speaking English.   

For the record, merriam-webster.com lists the origin of jeez as:  Euphemism for Jesus; first known use: 1923.

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