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Comic #4283

1 {a passerby walks past the busking Deaths, still figuring out what to play}
2 SFX: clink clink {passerby drops a few coins in the hat}
3 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: HEY, THANKS, BUT WE HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED PLAYING YET.
4 Passerby: Given the quality of most buskers around here, I’m paying you not to play.

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So I just learnt the other day that apparently "busking" and "busker" are words that are not used (or at least exceedingly uncommon) in American English. I had no idea when I introduced this storyline in #4220. Instead, Americans use the terms "street performance" and "street performer".

American English seems to be the German of English dialects. Instead of inventing new words, it just rams together a bunch of pre-existing words, figuring the more syllables, the better.

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