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Related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitome_of_Hyperbole
Related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitome_of_Hyperbole
Personally, I think this comic fails to be funny because of limitations of the medium. Randall isn't actually talking, he's writing --and the words are spelled correctly -- so we're reading it in our own voices of choice, where it's pronounced perfectly. [[Special:Contributions/|]] 16:47, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

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Epitome is an interesting one for me, since I read it phonetically (same as Randal's example), and didn't figure out that "e-pi-tō-mē" and "eppy-tome" were the same word until mid to late teens. I still have to stop myself from reading it wrong when I see it on the page... Andyd273 (talk) 15:21, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

I think there's another level beyond the obvious, especially in the title text. You're pronouncing the word 'epitome' in whatever way you always have (inside your head), he's making clear that he's not saying it the way you say it.. so how do you read the comic? The sentence only makes sense if you say it aloud, but you can't because you don't know how he's pronouncing it.Xseo (talk) 16:04, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitome_of_Hyperbole