Two from Zippy

Two recent Zippy strips:



On #1: Snow Slush Ice as the name of a hip-hop star (Ice-T, Vanilla Ice); the Central Diner (which I wasn’t able to pick out from the many Central Diners around); and, most linguististically interesting, “I got a hernia from shoveling”. The strip plays outrageously on GET a N from NP, which (depending on the N and NP) has the reading ‘receive a N from source NP’ (get a gift from a friend) or ‘experience a N because of engaging in NP’ (get a cold from kissing a friend).

On #2, there are the absurd names (Jasper Divingboard, Guilford Milford); the allusions to manga; plus farina:

Farina is a cereal food, frequently described as mild-tasting, usually served warm, made from cereal grains (usually semolina). In contemporary American English use, it is usually referred to as Cream of Wheat or Malt-O-Meal, which are brands of farina as stated on their packaging. Wheat farina is a carbohydrate-rich food, often cooked in boiling water and served warm for breakfast, or cooked with milk and made into semolina pudding. It is used as an ingredient in many dishes and in processed foods such as breakfast cereals and pasta.

The word farina comes from the Latin farina, meaning meal or flour. (Wikipedia link)

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