Comic vocabulary

Today’s Pearls Before Swine:

Pig’s grasp of English vocabulary is somewhat unsteady. Faced with the unfamiliar surreptitious ‘kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of’ (NOAD2), he guesses that it’s a portmanteau — of syrup and delicious. That means he’s treating a word that is clearly an adjective in context — in these surreptitious programs — as a noun, meaning ‘syrup that’s delicious’. But people are frequently uncertain about parts of speech, and cartoon animals can’t be expected to do better.

One Response to “Comic vocabulary”

  1. Word Study Is Spelling and Vocabulary | The Geek Professor Says:

    […] Comic vocabulary (arnoldzwicky.org) […]

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: