Eschew the muu-muu

January 17, 2017

Today’s Zippy, savoring words:

  (#1)

Eschew the muu!  Bonuses: the preposterous name Relentless Betablocker; men’s fashion underwear.

Read the rest of this entry »

I won’t even mention the auto-da-fé

January 16, 2017

Two intriguing concepts, and the (rare) vocabulary to go with. First, a Facebook comment on my Squirrel Girl posting:

You won’t tempt me into making off color and sexist statements like “I’d like to grab HER by the tail!”

(The comics character Squirrel Girl has a bushy tail.) This is mentioning by ostentatiously not mentioning: apophasis (aka praeteritio or antiphrasis, or in an extreme version, prolepsis).

And then I woke today to the strains of

What a day, what a day
For an auto-da-fé

from the 1956 musical Candide. From NOAD2:

 auto-da-fé: the burning of a heretic by the Spanish Inquisition

Read the rest of this entry »

Extreme emoji

January 15, 2017

Today’s Zits:

From the far reaches of Emojiland.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mathematical Principles of Natural Fig Snacks

January 15, 2017

A recent One Big Happy has Joe cutting corners on a book report:

  (#1)

Classic kid behavior.

Read the rest of this entry »

Two character actors in the morning

January 14, 2017

Yesterday’s morning names, of two accomplished character actors, one who first made a name in the golden days of radio (Gale Gordon), one in the public eye these days on television (Tamara Tunie). Gordon displaying a characteristic facial expression and Tunie in character as a medical examiner:

(#1)

(#2)

Read the rest of this entry »

Sticks and stones

January 13, 2017

Two Calvin and Hobbes strips from a series in recent re-runs. Background: Calvin has called Susie names, deriding and insulting her. Susie tries to take solace in a proverbial rhyme, sadly without success:

(#1)

And Calvin totally muffs an apology:

(#2)

Read the rest of this entry »

Squirrel Girl

January 13, 2017

From linguist friends on Facebook, this cartoon, of obvious linguistic interest:

(#1)

This is the strip Squirrel Girl, in the Marvel Comics universe.

Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a miracle!

January 13, 2017

… and a dirty joke. A ¡Toma Guasa! cartoon from October 2015:

(#1)

No one’s misspelled HALLOWEEN; the O is right there, it’s just that it’s an asshole.

Read the rest of this entry »

Poplar Mechanics

January 12, 2017

Today’s Bizarro, with a parody of the magazine Popular Mechanics:

(#1)

Read the rest of this entry »

Dolores del Rio and Erno Piffle

January 12, 2017

Yesterday’s morning names: the stage name of a fabulous actress and a fictional young man who started life as a catchphrase.

Read the rest of this entry »