Ruthie v. English

A set of One Big Happy strips in which little Ruthie confronts the language: a spectacular mondegreen, some other misunderstandings based on phonological similarity (with more familiar words replacing unusual ones), and some troubles with idiomatic usages.

The mondegreen:

(#1)

Other misunderstandings based on phonological similarity:

(#2)

(#3)

A simple idiom misfire, involving an idiomatic vs. a literal sense:

(#4)

And a syntactic ambiguity that turns on two senses of pretty, the literal adjective and the more idiomatic degree adverb:

(#5)

(Compare: You look rather dirty — degree Adv modifying dirty — and You look lovely dirty — Adj plus Adj dirty.)

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