Strong Bad's (Mis)use of English

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"Like two sides of an extremely rare, valuable, and attractive coin, there's Strong Bad the grammar policeman on one hand, and Strong Bad the guy that makes up a buncha crap all the time on t'other."

Although Strong Bad is quite obsessive about everyone's spelling, grammar, and punctuation, he still makes some of the same mistakes himself. Additionally, he has a tendency to make up words, usually during his emails. It may be The Brothers Chaps' fault for some of these mistakes, as they are rarely acknowleged in toons.

[edit] Strong Bad's Mistakes

  • The Luau — Strong Bad misspells you're as your on the invitation to his marshmallow roast.
  • Email some kinda robot — In his very first email, Strong Bad says "before you go to bed" but types "before you got to bed."
  • Email i love youFhqwhgads is misspelled as Fhqwgads, missing the h in between w and g. Ironically, Strong Bad later complains about people misspelling it in emails.
  • Email i she be — Strong Bad types the phrase "all i gotta say..." The i isn't capitalized.
  • Email duck pond — Strong Bad misspells unfortunately as unfortunatley.
  • Email band names — A space is added before, rather than after, a comma in this email: "the easiest way is to ,you know..."
  • Email theme party, funny, labor day, — Strong Bad types woah instead of whoa.
  • Email dullard — Strong Bad incorrectly uses the one-word adjective everyday instead of the two-word adverb every day.
  • Email techno, Greeting Cards — Strong Bad uses the possessive form its instead of the contraction it's. Ironically, he later lampoons Dan D. through song in local news for the same mistake.
  • Email cheat talk, the show, date, impression — Strong Bad does not capitalize the "the" in The Cheat's name.
  • Email dragon — After demonstrating how to draw Trogdor, Strong Bad says, "Let's see how the other students are doing." However, when he types it, he omits the word see.
  • Email interview — Strong Bad catches himself using the phrase more better in responding to Kerrek.
  • Email the show — Strong Bad first capitalizes The Cheat as the cheat, then as the Cheat.
  • Email funny — At the beginning of the email, Strong Bad misspells the filename of his email client, strongbad_email.exe, as stongbad_email.exe. This was intentionally done by The Brothers Chaps, as it brings up an error message.
  • Email the process — After stating that he makes fun of people's poor grammar and spelling, Strong Bad promptly misspells the word occasionally as occassionally.
  • Email local news — Strong Mad's subtitle, written on an index card, reads "Sportscarster Strong Mad." Strong Bad seems to be the culprit of this misspelling because it matches his handwriting, and because he threw together the news broadcast.
  • Email monument — After explaining that he was distracted by the Thnikkaman, Strong Bad omits a period: "So you can see why I got distracted".
  • Email flashback — Strong Bad says "less non-broken bones" instead of "fewer non-broken bones".
  • The Cheatar — Strong Bad uses than me when he should use than I am.
  • Email pom pom — Strong Bad omits the umlaut over the "a" in Fräulein in his letter to "General and Fraulein Pom Pom."
  • Email pizzaz — The accepted spellings of this email's title, pizazz and pizzazz, are not used in this email. Strong Bad not only misses this, he even uncharacteristically adopts the misspelling throughout the email.
  • Email time capsule, garage sale — Strong Bad unnecessarily capitalizes Mom.
  • Email part-time job — Strong Bad neglects to use a question mark at the beginning: "What do you mean do I do anything else besides checking emails."
  • Email origins — Curiously, Strong Bad misspells curiosity as curiousity.
  • Email bottom 10 — Though it is spelled properly in the bottom 10 list, the word chocolate appears as chocloate on Strong Bad's monitor at the end of the email.
  • Trogdor Con '97 — Strong Bad asks The Cheat if they'll be selling "million-sided dies", rather than the correct plural of die, dice.
  • Email portrait
    • The period in "Nobody calls you Coolio da Fabio (aka quit making up nicknames for yourself.)" should be outside the parentheses, rather than inside.
    • He uses a period rather than a question mark at the end of "Or what about one of those black and white ink portraits you see in all the rich-guy newspapers."
  • Email myths & legends — After criticizing Cephas for spelling "Strong Bad" as one word, Strong Bad makes a similar mistake by misspelling "roller coasters" as "rollercoasters".
  • Email secret identity — When Strong Bad asks "have you ever seen The Poopsmith and I...", it should be "The Poopsmith and me".
  • Email pop-up — Strong Bad types four year-old. As an adjective for the implied noun "child", it should be written four-year-old.
  • Email unnatural — Strong Bad forgets to put a comma after "apostrophes" in "Watch out where you're flinging those apostrophes nobody."
  • Email web comics — Strong Bad ends the sentence "Why can't you just make a...comic." with a period instead of a question mark.
  • Email business trip — Strong Bad says "could've swam better" instead of "could've swum better".
  • Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective — In the second email, Strong Bad's reply omits the word is in the remark "Dangeresque is a serious guy, okay?".
  • Email dictionary
    • Strong Bad misspells the word guttural as gutteral.
    • Strong Bad says "less words" when he should say "fewer words".
  • @StrongBadActual
    • Strong Bad misspells silhouettey as silhouttey, claiming it to be a misspelled promo for "Silhooty: the silhouette owl that loves typos".
    • Strong Bad misspells toilets as toilet's.
    • Strong Bad misspells substitute as substitue, claiming it to be the French-Canadian spelling, keeping with the theme of the then-recent Dangeresque Puppet Squad: The Hot Jones Hijack.

[edit] Strong Bad's Made-up Words and Phrases

  • Email guitar — Strong Bad refers to trembalos, which is a mangling of tremolo, a rapid repetition of the same note, or an alternation between two or more notes.
  • Email suntan — Strong Bad creates the phrase all up ons.
  • Email kids' book — Strong Bad teaches children the word fangoriously, which is later used in rock opera.
  • Email army — While objecting to Strong Badia's need for an army, Strong Bad claims that he and his posse are "a one man army. Er, a three man one-y. Three-to-one-marny?".
  • Email lackey — Three words coalesce into one in this email: Some the times becomes somethetimes.
  • Email monument — Strong Bad refers to the Stop Sign as having "all the rightness of a foot without all the footdom of a right."
  • Email lunch special — Strong Bad changes the email "someone" sent to him to end with "Keep on tranglin".
  • The Cheatar — Strong Bad describes The Cheat as being "more guitarer" than he is.
  • Email other days — Strong Bad says, "Positate the negative."
  • Email time capsule — Strong Bad creates the word coolty to describe something the people of the future definitely won't doubt about him.
  • Email animal — The deep sea fangly fish is another new invention of Strong Bad's, both the creature and its name.
  • Email secret recipes — In order to cover up the fact that Strong Bad has a recipe for cooking The Cheat, he invents the places of Bumdumbourge and Totalslava, and also makes reference to his poopaw.
  • Email best thing — Strong Bad claims to be doing rrll rrll well in this email.
  • Email bedtime story — The words grodalated and gewd are coined in this email.
  • Email portraitOnwardly, possibly an adverb form of onward.
  • Email high school — Strong Bad greets Patrick, the sender of the email, with cowichewa, based on the sender's location, Cowiche, WA.
  • Email death metal — The word geographist is coined in this email. The correct word for "one who studies geography" is "geographer".
  • Email pop-up
    • Strong Bad refers to a tab on his fleshtangle, which would go on to be used in the record book DVD commentary and @StrongBadActual.
    • He also mentions cornuco-pourri, probably a portmanteau of cornucopia and potpourri.
  • Email disconnected — Strong Bad's disembodied head refers to the actions of his headless body as revolutin'.
  • Email candy product
    • Strong Bad says that when you eat his candy bar, you'll feel like you got SBLOUNSKCHED!.
    • He also refers to a product in his candy bar as a crispety cookety log.
  • Email alternate universe — Although the term was originally coined by Strong Sad in Sbemail 150?!?, Strong Bad refers to this email as his sesquicentenn-email.
  • Email isp — Strong Bad says he'll march his pasty white bwathom to Bubs' Concession Stand. This word is also used in environment.
  • Email fan club — In Strong Bad's fan fiction, an eight-foot sub sandwich constrictor "ENGSMSPLODED out of nowhere" to attack Strong Sad.
  • Strong Badia the Free — During his speech in Strong Badia, Strong Bad is rejecting the King of Town's fat-thority, and he starts a sentence with hencetoforthwith.
  • Email dictionary — This email is entirely about Strong Bad's made up words and phrases.
  • Skills of an Artist — Strong Bad uses countless made-up words as drawing terms.
  • Fan Costumes 2017 — Strong Bad calls the area between the bathroom and the laundry room his stounch.

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