Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz by Werner Wejp-Olsen

Inspector Danger's Crime Quiz

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  1. paha_siga

    paha_siga said, over 1 year ago

    Nobody would be digging outside 15 minutes after coming home? Surely one would need more than that to change and eat, and look up comics in internet, right?

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 1 year ago

    In real life … maybe. In the comics … who can say?

  3. Robert Danielzik

    Robert Danielzik said, over 1 year ago

    Who said he was at work, he could’ve gone to a Home Improvement store for the shovel and other gardening related things.

  4. Homer D. Poe

    Homer D. Poe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Isn’t it easy to overhear anything in a quiet spot?

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 1 year ago

    I was wondering about the dialog in Panel 1 also. Shouldn’t the Inspector be saying, “In this noisy neighborhood, it’s hard to overhear a gunshot,” or possibly, “In this quiet neighborhood, it’s easy to overhear a gunshot?”

  6. BartJ385

    BartJ385 said, over 1 year ago

    @davidf42

    and @ Homer D. Poe -
    – it is a false friend problem.
    Obviously “gunshot” can never be the object of the verb “to overhear”; it makes no sense.
    German “über” is English “over”;
    German “hören” ist English “to hear”.
    But “überhören” does not mean “to overhear”, it means “to not hear something”.
    I guess it is the same in Werner’s first language.

  7. Michael McMillan

    Michael McMillan said, over 1 year ago

    That’s it. Inspector Danger, you’re fired! In a quiet neighborhood, a gunshot would get attention because it’s out of place. On Chicago’s South Side it might not get noticed— because it’s not healthy to notice things like that, y’e unnerstand?

  8. voluspaa

    voluspaa said, over 1 year ago

    @BartJ385 Actually “uberhören” is German for “pretend not to hear something”. The Danish equivalent would be “overhøre” but the word doesn’t even exist. Werner may have been misled by “overlook” as it contrasts with “look”. Btw – if “look” and “see” are pretty much synonyms, why in the world are “overlook” and “oversee” opposites?

  9. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 1 year ago

    @BartJ385

    Thanks, Bart. So, if I understand you correctly, the dialog in Panel 1 should be translated, “In this quiet neighborhood, it’s hard to not hear a gunshot.”

  10. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 1 year ago

    @davidf42

    Actually, that’s bad English, because it’s a split infinitive. I should have said, “In this quiet neighborhood, it’s hard not to hear a gunshot.”

  11. Werner7

    Werner7 said, over 1 year ago

    @davidf42

    Thanks for the crash course in proper English.

  12. CrypticWizard

    CrypticWizard said, over 1 year ago

    Getting back on track, I am suspicious of the guy with the shovel. Judging by the ground around him, he had been digging for longer than 15 minutes.

  13. BartJ385

    BartJ385 said, over 1 year ago

    @voluspaa

    Wrong both times; “überhören” does not mean “pretend not to hear”, and “overlook” is not the opposite of “oversee”

  14. voluspaa

    voluspaa said, over 1 year ago

    @BartJ385

    http://translation.babylon.com/german/%C3%9Cberh%C3%B6ren/

    You can find many examples of “überhören” being used with the meaning of “ignore” – or “pretend not to hear” for that matter. Not the same as not perceiving the sound – which would simply be “nicht hören”.

    http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/05/why-are-overlook-and-oversee-opposites.html

    Not the most reliable source, I know.

  15. BartJ385

    BartJ385 said, over 1 year ago

    @voluspaa

    I am sorry, I didn’t make myself clear.
    But you are definitely wrong if you think that “to pretend not to hear” is the basic meaning of “überhören”. It can have that meaning in certain contexts, but the basic meaning is “to not hear”.
    When I said “oversee” is not the opposite of “overlook”, I meant that you are not very precise with the word “opposite”. As in, the moon is not the opposite of the sun. A spoon is not the opposite of a fork.

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