Two (unrelated) items in my queue, on familiar topics: ambiguity and government by the nearest.
Archive for the ‘Ambiguity’ Category
This lovely coinage appeared recently on the Magic Coffee Hair site, in this cartoon:
A play on homophobic, of course.
Meanwhile, homophones are everywhere.
(The artist identifies himself merely as Jim. Webcartoonists are sometimes reclusive.)
On the Baltimore Sun blog on the 4th, a piece by John McIntyre on last and past, “Not, unfortunately, the last word”, beginning:
No sooner do I put up a post about copy editors’ preoccupation with dog-whistle distinctions than someone turns up commenting on a post from 2011 on the newspaper last/past crotchet
What’s at issue is the ambiguity of last.
Two headline items, one definitely linguistic, the other entertaining mostly because of the content.
Three cartoons that have come my way: a Zits, a Pearls, and a Rhymes.