Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

Drew Dernavich

April 19, 2014

A posting by Mark Peters yesterday on the Psychology Today blog, “A Cartoon Maestro Talks Comedy: I interview New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich”

One example of a language-related Dernavich cartoon:

 

Cat advises dog, using the omnipresent “no word for X” trope.

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Three for today

April 18, 2014

Three cartoons for today: a Dilbert, a Bizarro, and a Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Paper vs. shiny rectangles

April 17, 2014

Today’s Zippy, on media of communication:

The incursion of electronic media into the domains of paper media is a recurrent theme in Zippy.

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Silly pun

April 16, 2014

In the most recent New Yorker (of April 21st), this droll cartoon by P. S.Mueller:

 

fairy / ferret.

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A (B + C)

April 16, 2014

Today’s Rhymes With Orange:

Phrasal overlap portmanteaus (POPs) come up on this blog again and again; they are expressions of the form A B C, where the three parts are all words or combining forms and where A + B and B + C are both words or phrases.

The Rhymes has a somewhat different way of combining three such elements: the first element is shared with each of the two others — factored out, as it were. That is, A + B and A + C are both words or phrases, in this case paranormal and paralegal, with the combining form para- factored out. The cartoon provides a context in which both expressions make sense.

More Family Circus parodies

April 15, 2014

On tumblr, the comic Time is a Flat Circus, with recaptioned Family Circus comics — most not deeply linguistic, but rather dark and pointed. Two examples, from 12 and 14 April, respectively:

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Earlier parodies in this posting of 2/2/14: Nietzsche Family Circus and Dysfunctional Family Circus. The cuteness of the originals invitex this sort of reworking.

On the lam at Lim’s

April 13, 2014

Today’s Zippy:

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Word play in lam / Lim’s.

Then there’s the slang idiom on the lam and the diner in the strip.

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Two cartoon puns

April 9, 2014

In my mail recently, a Dilbert (with a pun, unusual for this strip) and a Rhymes With Orange (which specializes in puns):

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Time flies when you’re having fun / funds.

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Basic cable / fable.

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Story Structure

April 8, 2014

A Tom Gauld cartoon on narrative structure:

A metacartoon, commenting on the content of the cartoon.

On narrative structure, with special reference to the comics, see my posting of 3/16, here.

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Repurposing

April 8, 2014

Today’s Zippy:

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Ah, this is a nice one. The place in question started as a Little Tavern in Baltimore, and has been through several changes.

Repurpose is an excellent and very useful verb. From NOAD2:

verb [with obj.]  adapt for use in a different purpose: they’ve taken a product that was originally designed for a CD-ROM and repurposed it for the Microsoft Network.

(It looks like the verb spread primarily from technological contexts.)

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