Archive for the ‘Formulaic language’ Category

At the noodle bar

February 7, 2016

The Saturday (February 6th) Rhymes With Orange:


Ah, a noodle bar — one in which the customer picks a type of pasta and a type of sauce. There are in fact such places, though they seem not to be called noodle bars.


Five from Barsotti

January 20, 2016

It started with a cartoon by New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti (from 1/18/10) in my doctor’s examining room yesterday:


Angry doctor upbraids a smugly smiling patient (hugely obese, cocktail in hand, cigar in mouth).

Barsotti is a great favorite of mine, and he has his own Page on this blog.

So: four more Barsottis that tickle me and haven’t been blogged on here before.


Viking Kids

January 18, 2016

Posted on Facebook yesterday, this entertaining composition:


The caption combines two kinds of word play on the original It takes a village to raise a child: a word exchange, of village and child; and a pun on raise / raze. And it alludes to the reputation of the Vikings as ravaging and pillaging as they move across the countryside.


Snowclone to the rescue

January 17, 2016

Yesterday’s Mother Goose and Grimm, in which Mother Goose deploys a snowclone strategically and Grimm gives her a SNAP for her performance:

One of the great (and most frequent) snowclones of all time, The New Y (in full: X Is The New Y).

The New Year’s resolution

January 6, 2016

Two days ago I posted a Mother Goose and Grimm strip on New Year’s resolution (#1 there, with the character Ralph confusing resolution and revolution). Now comes a Eugene Chan cartoon with a musical pun on resolution:


It resolves to a G minor triad.


Two for New Year’s Day

January 1, 2016

For the day, a Zippy and a Mother Goose and Grimm:




Odds and ends 12/20/15

December 20, 2015

(There’s some gay sex stuff in the last section, not for kids or the sexually modest.)

Four items that have come my way recently, all with some language play in them. Two are Christmas-related: a Green Eggs and Ham tie and a Rhymes With Orange cartoon. One has a jokey wine label. One has a wonderful invented name for a gay pornstar (and that leads to Arab characters in gay porn).


X queen

December 19, 2015

I’ll be posting mostly about a family of snowclonelet composites of the form X queen, in which the queen component is a word going back to Old English, with the meaning ‘woman, wife’, though a lot of history has intervened. Eventually we get to things like

the gay partner-preference snowclonelet X queen, denoting ‘gay man who prefers Y men as romantic or sexual partners’, where Y is a class of people and where X refers to something, typically a food, associated with Y

— for example, rice queen, denoting a man, typically white, with a preference for partners who are East Asians or of East Asian descent (given that rice is a characteristic food of East Asians).


Sex between straight men: bro-jobs

December 12, 2015

Discovered while loooking for something else, a piece of brocabulary (involving portmanteaus or puns on the informal noun bro, roughly ‘buddy’ when first taken in from black street speech and then extended to a man of a certain type and then to any man) that I hadn’t encountered before: bro-job (or brojob or bro job), to refer to fellatio involving two men who identify as straight. A play on blow job. And it takes us, once again, into the world of sex between men who identify as straight.


Dev Hynes

December 12, 2015

In the Goings On About Town section of the December 14th New Yorker, this fine photo (by Charlie Engman) of an intense Dev Hynes, in dreadlocks and a black leather ballcap, kneeling, one leg splayed out, cradling his cello.




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