Deliberately Poor English

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Bad English this is.

Poor English is often deliberately used in the Homestar Runner universe.



  • Email english paper — Strong Bad spells English as "Englilsh" in the report's title, ridiculing the e-mail sender's spelling of the word.
  • Email personal favorites — One of the sayings by the Grape Nuts Robot during the Easter egg at the end is "Now spell, 'Carp for brains'"; it really meant to say, "Crap for brains".
  • Population: Tire — The game's premise contains several instances of poor English, including "YOU ARE SOLDIER!" and "YOU ONE ARE OF BRAVE FEW".
  • Email caffeine — When the caffeine's effect start to wear off, Strong Sad says, " a rock?"
  • Thy Dungeonman — If the player beats the game, the game gives a "congraturation".
  • Videro GamesStrong Bad complains about difficult video games that only reward with "a hearty CONGRATURATION!"
  • Stinkoman 20X6 — This game has many instances of "Engrish", such as "My stummy hurts" (pluralized as "Our stummies hurts") which also counts as a portmanteau, "Keep try", and "Start Play".
  • Vector Strong Bad often uses poorly-translated lines like "YOUR HEAD A SPLODE!" He also pronounces "hello" as "HELLOTE" (seen in the email alternate universe).
  • Sundae Drivin' — As seen in the email redesign, the game includes quotes like "CHERRY GET!" and "YOUR JAMES OVER".
  • Strong Bad's title at Crazy Go Nuts University is "Prinicpal".
  • Email isp — Homestar, as an insincere telephone recording, says "Thank you for holding. Your call is very unportant to us."
  • Email trading cards — When Strong Bad is describing The Cheat's trading card game, the phrase flashing on the screen is "PLAY GET!"
  • Email strong badathlon — While advertising Temporarios, Strong Bad says, "'Cause I'm don't get paid!"

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A Lack of Intelligible Speech

A few characters, as well as their respective counterparts in 1936 and 20X6, have an apparent lack of intelligible speech. However, the audience is usually able to understand the basics what these characters attempt to communicate, either through their actions and facial expressions, through other intelligible-speaking characters' reactions, or, rarely, through on-screen subtitles.


  • The Cheat speaks only in squeaks and animal-sounding grunts and yelps. In cheat talk, after failing to get him to say something normal like "Douglas", it is suggested that the viewers have to learn how to speak "The Cheat". Subsequently, in an Easter egg of that same email, a short recording teaches a few phrases of the indecipherable language. The Cheat's Old-Timey counterpart, The Sneak, communicates only by wiggling his nose, and his 20X6 counterpart, Cheatball, has yet to say anything beyond his own name, which may be in parody of Pokémon.
  • Pom Pom speaks through sounds resembling bubbles. Like The Cheat, every character shows a clear and definitive understanding of his speech. In A Jumping Jack Contest, Strong Bad attempts to pose as Pom Pom by, among other things, mimicking his speech: "Hey, give me that! Uh, I mean — bubble, bubble-dee-bubble. Dubble Bubble." Also, in senior prom, Homestar accepts the prom king award on Pom Pom's behalf, and in doing so, gargles Listerine in an attempt to imitate his friend. Pom Pom's old-timey counterpart, Fat Dudley, speaks by singing a simple, jazzy "boh-boh-boh" tune. His 20X6 counterpart, Pan Pan, speaks by making a bouncing noise.
  • Sherlock, the helicopter/cow from Strong Bad's Sweet Cuppin' Cakes, speaks only through indistinct mumbling. No other character has shown or demonstrated the ability to understand what Sherlock has ever "said".
  • Although Strong Mad can be understood most of the time, his Old-Timey counterpart Strong Man does not speak, although he does growl and roar when appropriate.
  • The Poopsmith has been noted as having taken a vow of silence, but is still able to communicate in some ways. An ironic example of this was when, in senior prom The Poopsmith was the lead vocalist of All the King's Men!. Since, unlike other characters, The Poopsmith makes almost no vocal sounds at all, he seems to communicate mainly in the form of gestures such as shrugs of the shoulders and thumbs-up; additionally, he has communicated by holding up a written sign. In different town, Strong Bad claimed that one thing he would change about his town is that "the Poopsmith ... could talk".

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