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Comic #3772

1 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: So, anyone choked on a giant frog lately?
1 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: What do you think?
2 {beat}
3 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: Well, gotta go, someone's about to be wrestled to death by Steve.
4 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: {alone} Till we find our place, on the path unwinding... It's the Circle of Death.

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I looked up the lyrics to Circle of Life (warning: lyrics website, expect pop-ups and other annoying things; you don't need to click, I've reproduced the relevant bits below) to find out what the Zulu lyrics at the beginning of the song mean:

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba [there comes a lion]
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama [oh yes, it's a lion]
Nants ingonyama bagithi baba [there comes a lion]
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama [oh yes, it's a lion]
Ingonyama
Siyo nqoba [we're going to conquer]
Ingonyama
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [it's a lion and a tiger]
[repeats 5]
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala (se-to-kwa!)
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala (asana)

Wait. "It's a lion and a tiger"? Tigers live in Asia. Specifically, in India and south-east Asia[1]. Nowhere near Africa. Tigers have never lived in Africa.

Tim Rice, you have a lot to answer for.

EDIT: I have been informed by readers that other lyrics sites translate that line as "it's a lion and a leopard", which certainly makes a lot more sense. Tim Rice, you have my apologies! Lyrics site, you have a lot to answer for!

Also, now I think about it, it would be rather odd for Zulu to even have a word for "tiger" (unless it was a fairly recent introduction to the language). It's exactly as odd as if Navajo had a word for "kangaroo".

[1] And north-east Asia. Which is even further from Africa, so it's not a disaster that I missed it.

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