Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

More Zippy playful morphology

July 30, 2014

Yesterday’s Zippy:

 

Another chapter in Zippy’s playful morphology, notably with -ityseriosity and goofiosity. (The names Mrs. Decaf and Mr. Groundnuts are a bonus.) The laughter uh-hyuk is true cartoonish Goofiness: a quote from the Disney character Goofy.

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toast

July 29, 2014

A recently reprinted Calvin and Hobbes:

 

The strip exploits the ambiguity of toast as a noun (delightfully, to my mind). But, astonishingly, the two nouns (though clearly quite distinct in modern English, as are the corresponding verbs) have a common historical source. The tale is one of those stories that might make you believe in any damn fanciful etymology.

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Willy-Nilly

July 25, 2014

Today’s Zippy, with the recurrent theme of nostalgia for dead tree media:

Much to appreciate here, including “the artist known as William Shakespeare” (featuring Baby Huey) and Latvia invading New Jersey (both Baby Huey and Latvia appear every so often in Zippy the Pinhead). And in the last panel, a dead tree comic strip called Willy-Nilly.

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On the word analysis patrol

July 25, 2014

Today’s One Big Happy, with Ruthie and Joe seeking meaningful word parts:

The kids have found /fri/, apparently the item free, in frittata, which leaves them with the mystery — but presumably meaningful — element tata. A demi-eggcorn on the hoof.

David Borchart

July 25, 2014

Earlier today: a David Borchart New Yorker cartoon with an entertaining ambiguity, #2 here. Borchart’s first appearance on this blog, though he’s a prolific cartoonist. Now another Borchart with some linguistic interest, plus one that just tickles me.

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Cartoon ambiguities

July 25, 2014

A recent One Big Happy, with Ruthie alarmed by her understanding of legal size (paper); and a David Borchart cartoon from the latest (July 28th) New Yorker that turns on the multiple meanings of the verb see:

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Saturday monster puns

July 19, 2014

Through what I assume is fortunate accident, two cartoons this morning with puns on the names of movie monsters: a Bizarro with “Creature from the black legumes” (black beans) and a Mother Goose and Grimm with a psychoanalyst asking Godzilla about his Mothra (mother):

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Elephants

July 18, 2014

Today’s Zippy, set not in a diner but at a carwash:

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Given the Space Needle in the background, the cartoon is clearly set in Seattle. And in fact Elephant Car Wash locations are all over the area. A representation in a Michael Birawer canvas painting:

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The title alludes to the idiom the elephant in the room.

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A Sunday quartet

July 14, 2014

Four cartoons from yesterday’s crop: a Zippy in a nameless diner; a Doonesbury on rumors; a One Big Happy on the spread of expressions and speech styles from the media; and another Bizarro collection of puns. The strips:

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dorkage

July 12, 2014

Today’s Zits, with jocular morphology and some (Wurst-style) phallicity as well:

 

Jeremy for Weenie World!

Then there’s dorkage.

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