Cullum on morphology

From Larry Horn (through some intermediaries), two cartoons by the great gag cartoonist Leo Cullum on the theme of English morphology:


That’s retox, on the model of detox (a clipping of detoxification), occurring in the idiomatic PP in detox. So the man on the left is retoxifying, returning to drinking alcohol.


That’s boned the PSP of the verb bone ‘remove the bone(s) from’ (though it could in principle also mean ‘supply with bone(s)’), a verbing of the noun bone; and deboned the PSP of the verb debone ‘remove the bones from’, with the derivational prefix de- of removal, reversal, or separation. So yes, the same thing.

Cullum on this blog:

7/3/10  We need to talk (link): a Cullum cartoon on the evolution of language

5/12/12  Gag cartoons (link): 4 Cullum cartoons, plus a brief writeup about him

10/16/12  Subtexting (link): a Cullum cartoon on texting and subtexting

4/3/13  Eggs over easily (link): a cartoon in the style of  Cullum, on grammatical peeving


2 Responses to “Cullum on morphology”

  1. Chris Says:

    sorta like “flammable” and “inflammable” I spoze

  2. Jens Fiederer Says:

    “Boned” has a secondary meaning (“fucked”) that “deboned” lacks

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