Archive for December, 2013

Sexy stuff

December 20, 2013

Not about language, but sex and sexuality. A wonderful phallic vegetable image, and a collection of images of butts, bears, and labs (scientific laboratories, not labrador dogs).


Cartoon omnibus

December 19, 2013

Three recent cartoons: a Dilbert, a Bizarro, and a Zippy.


An OED service

December 19, 2013

From several sources, pointers to a service from the OED: the birthday word generator, which proposes to answer the question: which words originated in your birth year?.

Actually, it recognizes the fuzziness of word origination by giving you a list of words that seem to have originated in the decade of your birth, while highlighting one. My decade is the 1940s, which nets:

skinny-dip, n. arty-farty, adj. foo fighter, n. binge drinker, n. bake-off, n. technophobe, n. acronym, n.

while highlighting acronym.

As usual, some of these seem surprisingly old (foo-fighter) and some surprisingly recent (acronym).

Santa penguins

December 19, 2013

Continuing a series of trivial Xmas items, here’s one from Kim Darnell that combines penguins and Xmas, in this posting with a video of penguins on parade in South Korea — in Santa suits.

Fertility window

December 19, 2013

From Leith Chu today, this “rare example of what architectural historians refer to as a “fertility window” “:

The design elements are routine, but sometimes the combination makes for high phallicity.

More Santa skin

December 19, 2013

Following up on Santa skivvies (here), here’s a Skintight Santa Costume on BoingBoing 12/16:


My Favorite Year

December 17, 2013

Peter O’Toole died a few days ago, and there are tributes everywhere. Mostly for his most famous performance, in Lawrence of Arabia. But here I want to celebrate a comic performance that has given me pleasure for 40 years: in My Favorite Year (1982).


Xmas phallicity

December 17, 2013

From Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, from the CakeWrecks site, one of the phallic Xmas creations:


This year’s Santa skivvies

December 17, 2013

(Not a lot about language.)

Time for this year’s bulletin on the Santa Skivvy run in Boston:



Cross-comic talk

December 16, 2013

Today’s Pearls Before Swine:

Zippy fairly often incorporates references to other strips, sometimes many of them. This time Pearls goes to Calvin and Hobbes.