Putin on the Ritz

From this site (Sad and Useless), this still from an animation:

Ordinarily, I’d unpack this image, but in the Linguage of Comics course at Stanford this quarter, Elizabeth Traugott and I have been asking students what sociocultural knowledge is required to understand a cartoon (this isn’t technically a cartoon, but it’s a similar visual joke) — imagine you’re trying to explain it to a Martian or a child — and why it’s funny. So think of this as an at-home exercise.

One Response to “Putin on the Ritz”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    This would be an even more challenging exercise — though not impossible — without the caption.

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