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Old 09-19-2013, 05:27 PM
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Correct spelling of Homer Simpsons's "d'oh"

I just read that Matt Groening's preferred spelling is "doh", but I remember seeing him writing it as "d'oh" in a Life In Hell comic from around 1996-7. I can picture the strip with the father rabbit talking to Binky and saying "D'oh" with a note referring to Homer Simpson. Does anyone else remember this? Is the strip available anywhere?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:33 PM
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According to the Wikipedia page, there are Simpsons episode titles that use "D'oh" as the spelling. That is also the spelling the OED uses, I believe.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:37 PM
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That is also the spelling the OED uses, I believe.
Here I am, ready to link to Urban Dictionary.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:43 PM
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I thought the official term as used in their scripts was "(Annoyed Grunt)"?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:53 PM
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According to the Wikipedia page, there are Simpsons episode titles that use "D'oh" as the spelling. That is also the spelling the OED uses, I believe.
I think the OED went without the " ' "

http://abcnews.go.com/US/t/story?id=93098&page=1
http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/...e-2001-update/

I can't see the actual OED without logging in but according to wiki "d'oh" is the variant spelling of headword "doh".
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:16 PM
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"Life in Hell" from 1993 ("Return of the Dinosaur Pop-Up Book") has father Groening saying "D'ohh." with an arrow pointing to it and reading "In the manner of Homer Simpson".

Can't link since it's from my paper copy of "Will & Abe's Guide to the Universe"
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:23 PM
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Here is the panel with the D'ohh.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:34 PM
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I thought the official term as used in their scripts was "(Annoyed Grunt)"?
It is, and there's been at least one episode with that used as a joke in the title.
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Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiali(annoyed grunt)cious.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:39 PM
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But if you spell it without the apostrophe, how do you tell it from the "Doh" in "Play Doh"?
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"Life in Hell" from 1993 ("Return of the Dinosaur Pop-Up Book") has father Groening saying "D'ohh." with an arrow pointing to it and reading "In the manner of Homer Simpson".
Wait a minute, how could anyone stretch out an H? Multiple O, sure, no problem. D'ooooh! But D'ohh? How could you pronounce that?

This is a pet peeve with mediocre internet erotica, where the writer tries to convey groans of pleasure by holding down the keys. "Mmmmmm!" and "yeeeeess!" are fine, but how could anyone actually say "YYY YYY eeeeeeessssss?" without sounding like the Sub-Genius salute?

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Old 09-19-2013, 08:05 PM
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I thought the official term as used in their scripts was "(Annoyed Grunt)"?
The earlier episodes all did this, but later episodes used "D'oh".
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:17 PM
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I thought the official term as used in their scripts was "(Annoyed Grunt)"?
That's how it's written in the scripts.
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The earlier episodes all did this, but later episodes used "D'oh".
They haven't been consistent about it- probably because they're doing whatever they think looks funnier. Examples include "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" (1997), "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)" (2006), "D'oh-in in the Wind" (1998), "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" (2006), and "The D'oh-cial Network" (2012).
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:15 PM
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That's awesome! Thanks Jophiel.

My memory wasn't perfect, but not bad for something I saw 20 years ago. Now if I could just remember where I put my keys.
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I was annoyed when the OED left out the apostrophe, and I felt vindicated when, sometime later, I saw the Simpsons episode set in Japan with English subtitles, and Homer's exclamation was represented as "D'oh!"

I remember it as D'oh from the Life in Hell days too.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:45 PM
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It appears as d'oh (well, "D'OH!") at 10 seconds in this clip, and I take that as canon.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:34 PM
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"Mmmmmm!" and "yeeeeess!" are fine, but how could anyone actually say "YYY YYY eeeeeeessssss?" without sounding like the Sub-Genius salute?
I picture Frank Nelson in all my mediocre internet erotica.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:31 AM
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That's how it's written in the scripts.

They haven't been consistent about it- probably because they're doing whatever they think looks funnier. Examples include "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" (1997), "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)" (2006), "D'oh-in in the Wind" (1998), "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" (2006), and "The D'oh-cial Network" (2012).
There's also "I, (Annoyed Grunt)bot." (2004)
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:42 AM
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There's also "I, (Annoyed Grunt)bot." (2004)
There are a couple of others, too. I was just saying they didn't make a clean switch between (Annoyed Grunt) and D'oh in the titles even though they'd used D'oh lately.
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