Created By: CaveCat on September 14, 2012 Last Edited By: CaveCat on October 10, 2012
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Burping The Alphabet

Exactly What It Says On The Tin

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Alternate Title: Belching The Alphabet


This is where an immature character will burp the alphabet, when asked to do it or not.

No Real Life Examples, Please!

Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples

Examples

Film
  • Hammy does this in Over the Hedge while RJ is trying to get him to act like a rabid squirrel.
  • In Valiant, Bugsy starts burping the alphabet after saying that he can burp all of the letters of the alphabet.

Newspaper Comics

Live-Action TV
  • In Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death, the now-extinct Tersurusians communicatd via "precisely modulated gastric emission." They became extinct when one of them discovered fire.

Western Animation
  • Happened twice in Recess;
    • Vince's older brother Chad did this at the end of "Big Brother Chad".
    • In "The Hypnotist", Principal Prickly does this over the intercom after he had been hypnotized into thinking that he is six years old again.
  • Don't forget Owen from Total Drama Island. He burped through the alphabet without breaking a sweat!
  • Pepper Ann did this in the episode "One of the Guys".
  • There was an episode of Ren and Stimpy featuring a Burping Contest between two creatures. The alphabet was the third last attempt.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • September 14, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Meaning? Seems like chairs.
  • September 14, 2012
    IronLion
    It attributes immaturity to the character, so it's not chairs, but it's perhaps a bit too specific. Immature Belching, maybe?
  • September 16, 2012
    aurora369
    What exactly is burping the alphabet? Is it when burps sound like "A, be, ce, de" etc?
  • September 16, 2012
    Rognik
    I know that I've seen a few people proudly proclaim that they can burp the alphabet, then proceed to demonstrate this fact. I don't know if it necessarily is a trope, but it is a pattern in shows and movies. I think Step By Step had this in one episode as well...
  • September 16, 2012
    Wildstar93
    Don't forget Owen from Total Drama Island. He burped through the alphabet without breaking a sweat!
  • September 16, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^^^Burping the alphabet is when you burp all of the letters of the alphabet.
  • September 19, 2012
    aurora369
    You mean you pronounce the letters' names while burping?
  • September 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Yes
  • September 19, 2012
    saintdane05
    Should this reply to sepaking with any bodily function, like, say, farting Grandma's name?
  • September 19, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Absolutely not.
  • September 19, 2012
    Xtifr
    This seems a little overly specific. I'm not sure how it differs from any other form of Speaking In Burps. Tropes aren't just random things that happen to happen in more than one work.
  • September 19, 2012
    surgoshan
    I'm fairly sure this originated with being proud of long belches allowing you to say a-e-i-o-u in a single belch. Doing so with all 26 letters would be Beyond The Impossible, particularly since many consonants actually interrupt airflow.
  • September 19, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    I agree that this is way too narrow. A trope that covers all manner of communicating through bodily functions (so, including saintdane05's example) might have legs, but as it stands it's just a really specific thing that happens in a handful of shows. Expanding the trope would make it more than just a bit of trivia and attract more examples. I'm sure there's a bit in The Simpsons about Bart burping the national anthem or something. Also, it would allow you to include the Real Life example of Le Petomane, who farted the French national anthem as a stage act.
  • September 20, 2012
    Sheora
    Third the over specific complaint. If you expand to speaking through any bodily function, it's trope worthy. Real life examples should be ok, as long as they are kept to well known public figures and don't decay into troper tales.
  • September 20, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Okay, if anyone can help with a better description.
  • September 20, 2012
    JakeTheYak
    How about something like Literal Body Language?
  • September 21, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    "Any bodily function"? Contracting your lungs while vibrating vocal chords and moving lips and tongue in a way that manipulates the sound that is produced could be described as a bodily function. That is too far from specific, I think. Just burping is fine isn't it? Expanding that would just be to include farting?
  • September 21, 2012
    Telcontar
    An important part of this trope is the rudeness involved -- burping, belching, and farting aren't exactly polite. It characterises someone as being immature, gross, having too much time on their hands, or just being a schoolboy. Therefore, the bodily function doesn't matter as long as it's impolite, which talking isn't. Burping is simply a common way to do this trope.
  • September 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In The Curse Of Fatal Death the now-extinct Tersurusians communicatd via "precisely modulated gastric emission." They became extinct when one of them discovered fire.
  • September 21, 2012
    CaveCat
    rodneyAnonymous: I knew right from the start that this trope was just about burping the alphabet, and I really hope that it stays that way.
  • September 22, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    "Burping" and "belching" are the same thing, so just that and farting? Talking can be impolite, depends what you say :) "bodily function" is too (and unnecessarily) broad.
  • September 22, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^^ You seem to be unclear on what, exactly, a trope is. Burping the alphabet doesn't mean anything different from burping other words, so it's not a separate trope. But honestly, you should be happy to broaden it. It'll mean more examples, and a bigger, more widely used trope; something you can be proud of. And it'll still be a cool trope! :)

    ^ I think "rude bodily functions" will cover it. On the other hand, I think Speaking In Burps is still a good name--the name doesn't have to reflect every possible variation.
  • September 22, 2012
    StevenT
    Pepper Ann did this in the episode "One of the Guys".
  • September 22, 2012
    Omeganian
    There was an episode of Ren And Stimpy featuring a burping competition between two creatures. The alphabet was the third last attempt, i believe.
  • October 6, 2012
    Sheora
    I know there's a few examples out there of using armpit noises to "speak" as well, so the idea is speaking with a body part that is NOT meant for it. You don't want to ruin a good trope with overspecification.
  • October 6, 2012
    lilliterra
    Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes is known to at least threaten to do this.
  • October 7, 2012
    normp571

  • October 8, 2012
    Sheora
    Gas Talk sounds like a good title suggestion. We should toss around a few more though, to make sure we get the right fit.
  • October 10, 2012
    thatfatfella
    Does burp-talking count? Ned from South Park lost his electronic voice box in one episode and had to burp-talk everything until he got a new one.
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