Calvin and Hobbes

Three Calvin and Hobbes strips (by Bill Watterson), from Melissa Carvell, all on language-related topics (this from the man who gave us “Verbing weirds language”):

Calvin and his mother exhibit a command of a variety of English long gone:

A conversation gone down the garden path, as Hobbes takes “I can’t put it down” to be figurative, but it turns out that Calvin meant it literally:

And another ambiguity, turning on idiomatic vs. literal understandings:

This one has a vivid illustration of the literal understanding of wander, said of someone’s mind (and lose one’s mind).

 

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