Dingburger faces and gestures

Today’s Zippy, in which Dingburgers exhibit an incapacity for conveying (very specific) meanings by facial expressions and gestures:

Note the absurd specificity of some of these meanings: ‘I’m available for weddings and bar mitzvahs’ and ‘Let’s shampoo my poodle’.

Digression on the names (Bill Griffith chooses his names carefully). Mulva calls to mind an episode of the tv sitcom Seinfeld:

“The Junior Mint” is the 60th episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld. It was the 20th episode of the fourth season. It aired on March 18, 1993.

Having neglected to ask the name of the woman he is dating (played by Susan Walters), Jerry tries to solve the mystery. Given the clue that her name rhymes with a part of the female anatomy, Jerry and George come up with possible candidates: Aretha (for urethra), Celeste (for breast), and Bovary (for ovary). The payoff to the joke comes at the end of the episode when she presses him to say her name. Jerry guesses Mulva (for vulva), causing her to storm out of Jerry’s apartment. As she is leaving, Jerry incorrectly guesses another name, Gipple (for nipple) and Loleola (for areola). Then, in a flash of insight, Jerry runs to the window and yells “Dolores!” (for clitoris). (link)

(Yes, the standard pronunciation of clitoris has primary accent on the first syllable, not the second, so it doesn’t actually rhyme with Dolores.)

The unusual name Wyandanch surely comes from the name of a hamlet in the town of Babylon, on Long Island NY:

This hamlet is named after Chief Wyandanch, a leader of the Montaukett Native American tribe during the 17th century. (link)

Sedgewick has a number of possible sources, and might have been chosen just for its sound.

Back to facial expressions in Dingburg and elsewhere. I’ve posted once before on the topic, here, where their inscrutability was the point.

In earlier Zippy strips: from 5/21/06, again with absurdly specific meanings (plus a guest appearance by Borden’s Elsie the Cow):

and from 2/3/11, with Dingburger disagreement about the meanings of facial expressions and gestures (and air-vacuuming — similar to air guitar — as a bonus):

2 Responses to “Dingburger faces and gestures”

  1. Fenwick « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] in an earlier Zippy here, where (talking about names) I said that “Sedgewick has a number of possible sources, and […]

  2. Body language and Lithuanians | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] earlier Zippy strips on this blog on facial expressions and gestures: in “Dingburger faces and gestures”, I […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: