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Comic #3135

1 Dwalin: To activate thu magic o' the Ruby, cloose yer eyes, clack yer hills togither three times, and rippit after me: {translation: To activate the magic of the Ruby, close your eyes, click your heels together three times, and repeat after me:}
2 Dwalin: "Thar be noo pliss like hoom." {translation: "There's no place like home."}
3 SFX: click click click
4 Mordekai: There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
5 Mordekai: It's not working.
6 Dwalin: Nay, ye ninny! Yer sayin' it wroong! "Thar be noo pliss like hoom." {translation: No, you fool! You're saying it wrong! "There's no place like home."}
7 Mordekai: Thar be noo pliss like hoom.
8 SFX: Flash!!

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I can just imagine magical items with command words that need to be uttered in the correct accent. After struggling with speech recognition systems designed for American users, it's painfully clear how horrible the situation is. Nobody wants a machine telling them to speak like a foreigner.

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