I’ve made occasional reference to the This Week in Milford blog, which takes a snarky, sarcastic approach to the serial comic strip Gil Thorp, which is ostensibly based around a fictional Milford high school (Which has, historically, been semi-based in either Milford, CT or Milford, MI depending on who’s writing it at the time) coached by one Gil Thorp. I say “ostensibly” because there tend to be long stretches where the namesake of the strip simply disappears from the storyline.
In any event, today’s strip (Which is actually the second one from the bottom) has a particularly high “HUH?!” factor for a couple reasons. Honestly, context really only increases this factor (Contrary to “being the enemy” in terms of ha-ha-larity, I’d argue that context actually makes it even funnier), but suffice to say that what’s going on here is that the manager of the Kalamazoo Kings (An actual independent-level baseball team, by the way) have an opening in marketing for someone bilingual. Okay, no big deal there. The perfect candidate to fill the position: A monolingual, teenaged, illegal alien who has just realized he’s not all that good at baseball. Um, what?
My personal favorite part is actually the final panel, though. In an attempt to be funny, Elmer Vargas (The monolingual, teenaged, illegal alien who has just realized he’s not all that good at baseball in question) tells his boss “Um…if!” I don’t know if it was just a limitation of the font or not, but those of you that recall your high-school level Spanish will know that there is a significant difference in the translations of “si” (if) vs. “sí” (yes, and what was presumably intended here).
Yeah, weird stuff all around.