Funny / Anathem

  • From a conversation between Erasmas and Cord:
    Erasmas: "Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."
    Cord: "Okay, I'll go home and see if I can scrounge up a ruler and a piece of string."
    Erasmas: "That'd be great."
  • Erasmas and company attempting to interpret Jules Verne Durand's speech when he lapses into French. Best of all is when he misinterprets Jules' reaction to a space capsule:
    Jules: (seeing the capsule) "The conception is 'monyafeek'!"
    Jesry: (to Lio) "Well, since you appear to be an expert on monyafeeks, maybe you could tell us how four legs and a roof are going to contain a pressurized atmosphere!"
    Lio: "It's not called a monyafeek, it's a- oh, never mind."
    • and later:
      Tulia: "I'm going to talk you through the process of unstrapping yourself from the S2-35B."
      Erasmas: "Up here, we call it a monyafeek."
      Tulia: "Whatever."