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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:46 AM on January 7, 2006


Ya know I try to stay out of these kinds of discussions, but gnfti, this is truly the best of the Web. This is the kind of thing I try to point to when describing to people what the Web is really good for... thanks!
posted by Slothrop at 10:58 AM on January 7, 2006


Errrrrrrr???? Hmmmm...pschhhhwwwwwww!
posted by Mr Bluesky at 11:02 AM on January 7, 2006


I always thought that word had a u in it, thanks to this well-known guy.
posted by LeLiLo at 11:03 AM on January 7, 2006


I clicked. Someone talked about how to spell 'aargh'. That was it.

I feel sorry for his friends and his wife.
posted by dydecker at 11:07 AM on January 7, 2006


Yeah lelilo, that's obviously the British spelling - Charlie Brown probably wanted to look sophisticated taking a dive in front of Lucy like that.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:09 AM on January 7, 2006


An interesting blip at (15, 9). A window into the algorithms of the human mind? Reminds me of the oddities that appear when you google asdf and qwer
posted by CynicalKnight at 11:10 AM on January 7, 2006


hehe.
posted by delmoi at 11:15 AM on January 7, 2006


This is perfectly wonderful.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:15 AM on January 7, 2006


Aiiiee!
posted by JHarris at 11:22 AM on January 7, 2006


arghwesome.
posted by stbalbach at 11:25 AM on January 7, 2006


I feel sorry for his friends and his wife.

Well but how much of the people on the internet could you say that about?
posted by furiousthought at 11:45 AM on January 7, 2006


Steele is one smart cookie. He worked on Dylan at Apple and created Laszlo, the Flash-workalike.

Previous blog post about the good side of Apple Computer's limited offerings.
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 11:46 AM on January 7, 2006


this is truly good news for the insane.
posted by slogger at 11:55 AM on January 7, 2006


I use both to communicate similar, but still distinct, emotions. "Aargh!" for anger and frustration, and "Aaugh!" for desperation and anguish.
But now I wonder, why?
Do I do that because of the letters used (Aargh & Anger are both 'aggressively' spelled and pronounced, while Aaugh & Anguish are 'softer'), or because I associate perennial loser Charlie Brown with the latter? Was Shulz's addition of the U arbitrary, or did the spelling/pronunciation have same connotation for him... ?

... Urm, sorry. And thanks for the thought provoking post, goodnews!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:56 AM on January 7, 2006


It's great, except that argh has a third dimension: multiple 'h's.

example
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:11 PM on January 7, 2006


But what if you're angry and desperate, but not frustrated or anguished?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:12 PM on January 7, 2006


This is the only one-word one-link post to ever deserve [good post].

so noone else should ever make one again
posted by Aknaton at 12:26 PM on January 7, 2006


I need one of these for all those words created by Don Martin.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:36 PM on January 7, 2006


Well waitaminute - at some point the anger and frustration "Aargh!" turns into the Pirate "Aaaarrrrgh!" or as PercussivePaul pointed out pain and perhaps a death rattle.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:44 PM on January 7, 2006


What about the "castle of aaarrrggghhhh"? I'm sure there are myriad variants of that, too.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:52 PM on January 7, 2006


This is the kind of thing I try to point to when describing to people what the Web is really good for.

*tumbleweed*
posted by quonsar at 12:55 PM on January 7, 2006


this is truly good news for the insane.

No need to get eponysterical about it.

But what if you're angry and desperate, but not frustrated or anguished?

See, to me "arrgh" is angry and desperate; frustrated or anguished would be "aaugh".
posted by dhartung at 1:11 PM on January 7, 2006


yeah, great, but, um... how do you pronounce it?


and yes, this is great stuff... much as i hate to admit it, this is the kind of thing i won't be able to help telling friends about for weeks to come and receiving that "what the hell is wrong with you" look in return...
posted by ab3 at 1:23 PM on January 7, 2006


No mention of ärgh or ærgh, though.

Otherwise, excellent.
posted by gramschmidt at 1:32 PM on January 7, 2006


But what about baited breath?
posted by Debaser626 at 1:38 PM on January 7, 2006


I've just been reading Cards by Jonathan Maxwell. It's either a self-published novel, or is published by a very small press so they seem to have completely done away with the need for a proofreader. (The amount you bet is a stake, not a steak. A stick of french bread is a baguette, not a bagget.)

But the misspelling that annoyed me most was his continual use of yea instead of yeah. I was continually expecting him to write, yea, verily, and trips cometh on the flop...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:12 PM on January 7, 2006


Peter: the "yea" thing is a personal pet peeve of mine, and I used to get on my boss several times a day for that. Also "ya'll."

This is a great link.
posted by Meredith at 2:29 PM on January 7, 2006


Argh!
posted by eriko at 2:36 PM on January 7, 2006



posted by Effigy2000 at 3:22 PM on January 7, 2006


His Hmmm page is pretty cool too. It would never have occccurrrrred to me to put more Haitches in that word.
posted by Aknaton at 4:01 PM on January 7, 2006


Yes, Effigy2000, it *is* better in colour. ;)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:28 PM on January 7, 2006


The "islands" are fascinating.

It's great fun in Google Images, where totally different pictures come up for each additional "a". But if you add even two "r"s, the images dwindle, and Google asks, "Did you mean: aaaaaaargh?"

Good post, goodnews.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 5:38 PM on January 7, 2006


I point out that much of his a*r*gh data distribution is bogus.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 8:12 PM on January 7, 2006


THBPBPTHPT.
posted by obvious at 9:28 PM on January 7, 2006


I forgot about Aaugh.com. Besides the obvious, it's the home of Abusing Amazon Images, which techniques I just used on my blog today.
posted by dhartung at 10:36 PM on January 7, 2006


Great post, gnfti.
posted by nobody at 9:39 AM on January 8, 2006


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