The diner and the definite article

Today’s Zippy:


Yes, the diner is just called The Diner. But it’s easy to find:



And the inside:


Then there’s the definite article: in the name of the diner, in the inventory of its contents that Zippy provides, and then the last item in this inventory, which involves a play on the last straw, taken both literally, as one of the things diners provide, and as an idiom.

From the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs (2002):

the final difficulty in a series; the last little burden or problem that causes everything to collapse. (From the image of a camel being loaded down with much weight. Finally, at some point, one more straw will be too much and the camel’s back will break.)

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