Ridiculous analysis

This morning’s Bizarro:

A ridiculous analysis of tendinitis as ten ’10’ + a mystery element -dinitis (presumably referring to some medical condition), which would then allow for the greater (and graver) eleven ‘ll’ as the first element — a morphological analysis and extension you might expect from a clever child, but scarcely from a physician.

A doctor would recognize tendinitis as tendon (the body part) + the inflammation suffix -itis. (tendIn rather than tendOn reflects fine points of Latin morphophonemics).

[Added: On Google+, Tim Evanson reminds me, indirectly, that Nigel Tufnel is the lead guitarist in the rock band Spinal Tap, as in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.]

3 Responses to “Ridiculous analysis”

  1. Michael Vnuk Says:

    Nigel Tufnel, whose amplifiers went up to 11, not just 10 (see quotes from the mockumentary).

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Ah yes, I’d forgotten that. It makes the cartoon even more satisying. But note, once again, just how much background knowledge you might need to fully appreciate a cartoon.

  2. Stan Says:

    The BBC’s online media have a volume setting that goes up to 11, as a deliberate nod to Spinal Tap.

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