Talk:1470: Kix

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Is there a category:comics with strong language? 11:36, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

From now on I don't think I'll ever see a box of Kix in the store without thinking, "Kid Tested, Mother Fucker!"Bmmarti3 (talk) 13:16, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Is it just me or does the last item in the list seem a little out of place for something Randall would write/post? It doesn't seem to me that he normally takes to swearing (at all) in any of his strips. Jarod997 (talk) 13:34, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

What's wrong with swearing, you guys? This is XKCD; we're supposedly a mature audience who doesn't shy away from using words simply because they're about sex and sex is bad. XKCD has dealt with sexual subject matter before, I don't think Randall ever tried to market it as a 'family-oriented' webcomic. If your kid gets XKCD jokes, I think they're mature enough to learn about sex! :P 14:14, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Actually this is xkcd, and I'm not saying there's a problem - just that Randall doesn't usually directly swear in his comics. It's just an observation. BTW, where'd the sex thing come from? Jarod997 (talk) 14:39, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure which webcomic you're thinking of... (?) because it couldn't be xkcd... I would agree that xkcd is about romance, sarcasm, math and language, and not about swearing... but by searching for your chosen epithet using the search box at the top of this page (I chose and found 27 examples of "fuck"), you can find such words used whenever he needed them (and occasionally even when they weren't needed per se) used in the titles, dialogue, labels, and title text. Please, take a couple moments and confirm for yourself. Without thorough analysis, I'd guess there was a "swear word" of one sort or another in nearly 10% of xkcd comics -- Brettpeirce (talk) 15:11, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
The word 'fucker' is traditionally considered obscene because of it refers to sexual intercourse, which is considered a taboo subject that should be approached with care and sensitivity in Western Culture. So what I meant was that unless you consider that approach to the word warranted, it's not entirely logical to proscribe saying the word either. But since you don't seem to have an issue with that, I do agree: Randall doesn't swear in excess, but he does it when the occasion calls for it (like here), and that's completely fine. 15:59, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

The last one sounds like something Donald Draper would come up with if he was an increasingly cynical ad exec in the 70's or 80's when this came out. 14:15, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I don't believe the use of Mother Fucker is sexual in this context, just an epithet. And Randall has used swearwords throughout the lifetime of xkcd, albeit not liberally. Mattdevney (talk) 14:28, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Maybe he has never used the mother F word - and it does only appear here if you think it through... But the F word is used several time in the comics as can be seen by a simple search. See for instance: 388:_Fuck_Grapefruit. 114: Computational Linguists, 874: Time Management, 566: Matrix Revisited, 714: Porn For Women, 931: Lanes and especially the title text of 110: Clark Gable Kynde (talk) 15:03, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
I agree, it's more in the spirit of Die Hard's "Yippie ki yay, motherfucker" or the Usual Suspects's "Hand me the fucking keys, you fucking cocksucker". It's an additional expletive to show disrespect and contempt of the person you're talking to and about to get medieval on. Kev (talk) 20:03, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

From the xkcd website: Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)... I do think we need a category for these occasions of strong language. 16:36, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

In the interest of science, I have created a category for comics with strong language. ImVeryAngryItsNotButter (talk) 18:35, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I just noticed that if you read downward (acrosticly) from the last letter in "SELECTED" you get "DEFEC" - which implies a different rhyming response.--Schnitz (talk) 19:18, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

When I read "Kid tested, mother not notified" I thought more of "Kid tested for substance abuse, mother not notified of the (positive) test result".

I had a sometimes different take on the explanation:

For "Mother Selected", my first thoughts were that the mother was herself selected (for unknown purposes) despite/because of the kid being the one assessed for suitability.
"Mother Perfected" seemed to suggest that after checking the child that she created, she was tweaked (genetically?) so that future kids wouldn't perhaps have some fault discovered in the first one.
"Mother Not Notified", as already given in this Talk section, was "not told of the result of the test".
"Mother Watching Helplessly" - per concensus.
"Mother Infected", someone checked the kid for some disease or other, but it was actually the mother that was ill.
"Mother Consumed", Mommy entered the food-chain (either as too old to bother testing the same as her child, or as part of the assessment process by the child).
And the last assessment I agree with (although was half expecting a "MILF" reference... but there's not one there that I can see).

...but I can't argue with what's already been given. Consider the above as supplementary only. 20:27, 7 January 2015 (UTC)