Why the drokk is it called Quaequam Blog!?

The name “quaequam blog” is an injokey reference to 2000AD, the UK’s longest running science fiction comic. 2000AD has been in near-continuous publication since 1977, and is particularly famous for the character of Judge Dredd, as well as being one of the testing grounds for numerous British comic writers and artists such as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

2000AD has always been “edited” by Tharg the Mighty, an alien from the planet Betelgeuse (in the 70s and 80s, it was common for boys comics to have a fictional editor at the helm). Tharg became particularly known for the Betelgeusian phrases he peppered his speech with, including the phrase “Quaequam Blag!” – an expression of surprise or outrage.

When I started my blog back in 2003, which originally was intended to be as much about comics as politics (I admit the latter tends to dominate), “Quaequam Blog!” seemed like a suitable way of reflecting both the comics aspect and the rather forthright opinions that were to be expressed. It has gone on to vex many people since, most of whom appear to assume it is some kind of pretentious Latin phrase.

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