I have been reading xkcd in German, via xkcDE. I was reading this one, and was very confused by a word in the third panel, ‘scharch’. It’s clearly to show that the character is bored; in the original the character just says ‘zzzzz’. But is this a common word in German; is it dialectical or regional? Does it have any meaning besides how it’s used in the comic, as an interjection?

I’ve Googled this term, and looked in a German dictionary, but I can’t find anything.

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In short: It's a typo.

The correct word is "schnarch", which is the inflective/onomatopoeian form of

schnarchen - to snore

Inflective forms (sometimes called Erikativ) are often used in comics. As in the original comic it's used to show, that the person is sleeping/is bored.

  • Oh, I see — thank you, for both the information and the links. Oct 29, 2020 at 22:42

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