Comma chameleons

Found via social media, this poster, apparently from the blog Epic Ponyz:

The comma chameleon theme appears on dozens of t-shirts, for instance, this design on the Shirt Shovel site (from SnorgTees):

These are all plays on the song title “Karma Chameleon” (by the British New Wave band Culture Club, featured on the group’s 1983 album Colour by Numbers (link)), with the chorus:

Karma karma karma karma, karma chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dream
Red gold and green, red gold and green

(performance available on YouTube here; the comma pun works especially well in Boy George’s non-rhotic performance.)

While we’re playing with commas, here’s a comma cartoon from a site offering writing advice:

(I’m sparing you the cartoon on why poker is not a popular game among chameleons, but you can see it here.)

One Response to “Comma chameleons”

  1. This Week’s Language Blog Roundup | Wordnik ~ all the words Says:

    […] Down at Occupy Wall Street, protesters have set up a library. Flavorwire offered up this literary baby name dictionary; 10 children’s books that are also great for adults; and South Korean photographer Chan-Hyo Bae’s amazing fairy tale photos. The Poetry Foundation ranked poets by beard weight, and the Rumpus let us know that martial arts star Bruce Lee also wrote poetry. Biblioklept gave us this fictional map of L.A., and Arnold Zwicky made us laugh with this comma, comma, comma, comma chameleon. […]

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