The guys play Mystic Warlords of Ka’a with Penny (i.e., a card game). But she doesn’t enjoy it that much.

(Season 3, Episode 5: The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary)



Howard: All right, Raj has played his phantom warlord card, and I am going to back him up with my strangling vines. Choke on that, sucker.

Leonard: Okay, well, then I’ll just cut your vines with my ruby sword. That’s right, I did it. I cut ’em.

Penny: Um, I have a question.

Leonard: Warlord beats troll, troll beats elf, elf beats water sprite, and basically everything beats enchanted bunny.

Howard: Unless you have the carrot of power.

Penny: Okay, I’ve got another question. When does this get fun?

Howard: Are we going to talk or are we going to play Mystic Warlords of Ka-ah?



phantom = a ghost

warlord = a military leader who controls a country or, more often, an area within a country

to strangle = to kill someone by pressing the throat so that the person cannot breathe

vine = a plant that grows up or over things, especially one which produces grapes

to choke = If you choke, or if something chokes you, you stop breathing because something is blocking your throat.

sucker = someone who is very easy to deceive (it is very easy to cheat them)

ruby = a transparent, dark red precious stone, often used in jewellery

sword = a weapon with a long, sharp metal blade and a handle

’em = short form of them

troll = In Scandinavian mythology, trolls are creatures who look like ugly people. They live in caves or on mountains and steal children.

elf = an imaginary being, often like a small person with pointed ears, in popular stories

sprite = In fairy stories and legends, a sprite is a small, magic creature which lives near water.

enchanted = affected by magic or seeming to be affected by magic

bunny = a rabbit

Mystic Warlords of Ka’a = a fictional card game

(definitions partly taken from the Cambridge and Collins Dictionary)


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