To link to a posting on Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, some notes on Watterson’s favorite political / editorial cartoonists, Pat Oliphant and Jim Borgman.
Archive for the ‘Metaphor’ Category
A couple days ago I caught a snippet of a discussion on KQED-FM about overwintering fig plants. Why people were discussing the topic as we near the beginning of summer I don’t know, but there it was. I’m not caring for any fig plants here in Palo Alto, but back when I lived in Columbus OH most of the year I had two: a Ficus benjamina, a very common house plant in temperate climates; and a Ficus carica, the plant the people on the radio were talking about (an ornamental and the source of the figs we eat), which I grew in Columbus as a potted plant, to serve as a reminder of California.
Now some figgy reflections, starting with some Ficus plants and then wandering on to other fig-related matters: the fig leaf of modesty, figgy pudding, Fig Newtons, and the negative polarity item care/give a fig.
Has Jeremy been involved in “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own” (NOAD2)? Well, he’s certainly passed off as his own work something that was not. His defense appears to be that there is no person whose work this was; he wasn’t stealing from anyone. A bold move, but one that’s not flying with his teacher.
Sexy Friday continues, with the war between the sexes in today’s Scenes From a Multiverse:
First, misogynoids launched against the women, then misandroids launched in retaliation, sowing the boner-destroying deathsterone.
(Obviously heavy on taboo language, some of it about man-man sex, but no images. Use with caution.)
In mail today from TitanMen (the gay porn studio), an ad for the new video Cluster Fucked, about orgy scenes (and gangbangs). Samples on the TitanMen site for three group sex scenes, involving (for those of you who follow these things) pornstars:
Francois Sagat, Dean Flynn, Diesel Washington, CJ Madison, Brody Newport
Jason Branch, Jon Galt, Lance Gear, Nick Nicaste
Jessy Ares, Marco Wilson, Junior Stellano, Wilfried Knight
There are two senses for the noun clusterfuck or cluster fuck. From Urban Dictionary, in addition to the ‘orgy’ sense:
Military term for an operation in which multiple things have gone wrong. Related to “SNAFU” (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up”) and “FUBAR” (Fucked Up Beyond All Repair).
In radio communication or polite conversation ([e.g.,] with a very senior officer with whom you have no prior experience) the term “clusterfuck” will often be replaced by the NATO phonetic acronym “Charlie Foxtrot.”
And from the scholarly Jesse Sheidlower (3rd ed. of The F-Word), who doesn’t have Charlie Foxtrot:
- an orgy [from 1965 on]
- Military. a bungled or confused undertaking or situation; mess; (also) a disorganized group of individuals. [from 1969 on]
Both senses have the occasional variant Mongolian clusterfuck / cluster fuck.
The connection between the two senses? One clue is that a similar ambiguity arises for circle jerk ‘group masturbation scene’, ‘mess’ and some other items. From a posting of mine on 1/3/11:
Having just posted, on my X blog, on group sex in gay porn, I’ve returned to some material on circle jerk that I started collecting in 2004
… Tom Dalzell pointed out on ADS-L that HDAS (the Historical Dictionary of American Slang) has circle jerk ‘mess’ since 1973, and the compound seemed to him to be fairly common in that sense. And Doug Wilson noted a possible parallel to cluster fuck, goat fuck, pooch screw, etc. (especially in military contexts), in which “Instead of getting their job done, the participants are engaged in undisciplined, undignified, useless activity: e.g., metaphorically, group sex or sex with animals.
Passed on via Chris Waigl, this New Yorker cartoon by Leo Cullum:
But still a pointed metaphor.
(I’m assembling a Page for Leo Cullum cartoons. Stay tuned.)
Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:
A play on a famous fugitive quotation, widely attributed to Mae West but never actually traced to her.
Today’s Zippy, set not in a diner but at a carwash:
The title alludes to the idiom the elephant in the room.
An unusually big crop of cartoons this morning, including one (a Rhymes With Orange) on stereotypes about men’s tastes (for Fathers Day). Plus another Zits with the stereotype of chatty teenage girls; another strip (a Mother Goose and Grimm) on Yoda’s syntax; a Zippy on synonyms for disapproving; and a Bizarro on the extension of metaphors to simulacra.
In today’s One Big Happy, Ruthie and Joe are back on the track of trying to make sense of things they haven’t heard before:
Lots of knowledge needed here — about the words of English and about sociocultural conventions: