Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

This is not a Ding Dong

March 29, 2015

Today’s Zippy:

Another riff on Magritte’s The Betrayal of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), but even sillier than the last version I posted, which at least involved pipes (but thinking pipes). This time it’s (thinking) Ding Dongs. And the scene ends in taco sauce; on Ding Dongs and taco sauce in Zippyland, see here.

na na na

March 28, 2015

The xkcd of 1/24/11 (#851, “Na”), passed on by Facebook friends:

An avalanche of musical repetition.


John Bell

March 28, 2015

From Facebook friends, this John Bell cartoon:


A wonderful double pun, on stroke (‘brushstroke’ or ‘cerebrovascular accident’) and brush (‘implement for painting etc.’ or ‘light and fleeting touch’).


Hillary’s emoji

March 28, 2015

The cover of the March 30th New Yorker, “Clinton’s Emoji” by Barry Blitt:

From the cover story by Mina Kaneko and Françoise Muhly:

“Where would we be without emoticons, emoji, and sideways winky faces typed out of punctuation marks?” Barry Blitt, the artist behind this week’s cover, says. “Seriously, how does anyone understand anything that’s written with only letters?” he continues. “I feel sorry for the alphabet. I’m waiting for the first original novel to be composed solely with emoticons. Oh, and Hillary Clinton.”


The cat at the vet’s

March 26, 2015

A Benjamin Schwartz cartoon from the March 30th New Yorker:

Some friends have written me to ask for an explanation of this cartoon. The key part is the name Schrödinger. The cartoon is about Schrödinger’s cat, which has a certain fame in theoretical physics


Marine mammals

March 26, 2015

Two images on Facebook recently: a Sandra Boynton drawing for Manatee Appreciation Day (March 25th, yesterday); and a wordless cartoon (on the “Mermaid Melissa” site, artist uncredited) picturing a narwhal as a unicorn in disguise):



(#2 has an actual narwhal for comparison.)


The end of March

March 23, 2015

Today’s Frazz:

Ok, buh-bye is indeed an iamb, but it’s not a lamb. Anyway, the end of March is eight days away.

Lab mix

March 22, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy:

If you don’t know the snowclonelet template X mix for dog hybrids (poodle mix, shepherd mix, etc.) and don’t know that Lab can be a clipping of Labrador Retriever, then you’re thrown back on things you do know  and have to treat lab mix as a compound meaning something like ‘something mixed up, created, in a lab’. Cue Frankenstein.

Speed of speech, speed of thought

March 21, 2015

Today’s Calvin and Hobbes:

Well, a lot of those thoughts are plans (below the level of consciousness) for the production of speech, so of course they come first. But Calvin is talking about somewhat more conscious thinking, weighing choices about the content of what you’re going to say — in which case, thinking before you speak might be good advice.


March 20, 2015

Today’s Scenes From a Multiverse (on-line here):

They’re playing a game of the Dozens, which starts out promisingly in the first panel but then runs down and takes a strange turn.



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