Archive for January, 2015

The general store

January 26, 2015

From the January 26th New Yorker, a cartoon by Liana Finck:

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A store that deals with things from highly general categories: it sells items, for which it takes money.

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Captain Rehab

January 26, 2015

Found in the latest Funny Times, a Speed Bump cartoon from September 30th:

A distant pun (rehab – Ahab) that works only if you recognize both pieces of background: the story of Melville’s Moby-Dick and the conventions of talk therapy.

LGBT at the Smithsonian

January 25, 2015

From the December/January issue of the Advocate (LGBT news), “The Smithsonian’s Queer Collection: Our nation’s history is more fully explored in the new acquisition of objects of LGBT significance” by Stephanie Fairyington:

Over the summer, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C., announced the expansion of its LGBT collection. “As cultural sensitivities and politics have changed,” curator Katherine Ott says, “now seemed like an opportune time to more aggressively, directly, and openly collect LGBT materials.”

[from Ott:] “Pick any topic in our nation’s past and there’s a gender and sexuality aspect to it, so these materials enable us to create a more accurate and balanced history of the United States.”

Shirt from the all-male, all-gay DC Cowboys Dance Company

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savarin

January 25, 2015

From Benita Bendon Campbell, this photo of a savarin she made recently:

From NOAD2 on savarin (which it has only lowercased):

a light ring-shaped cake made with yeast and soaked in liqueur-flavored syrup.

ORIGIN named after Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826), French gastronome.

The wider semantic domain is that of moistened cake. The history, social and linguistic, is complex, however.

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Exemplary twink

January 25, 2015

(Explicit discussion of man-man sex and relationships, but without genital nudity. Not for kids or the sexually modest.)

On AZBlogX, a report on gay pornstar Sam Truitt. From that posting:

From Channel 1 Releasing, ads for the new porn flick Daddy Chasers, on Daddy-Boy relationships, prominently featuring exemplary twink Sam Truitt, last seen here anticipating a delicious double-suck. That posting focused on Truitt’s face, especially his striking green-blue eyes. Now we get the whole body: a perfect slender body, plus a huge dick [not pictured here].

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Finding Jesus

January 25, 2015

Yet another cartoon — this seems to be Cartoon Weekend — this time another one about proselytizing, following on the Phil Selby “We’d like to talk to you about cheeses” cartoon: a Tim Whyatt strip passed on to me by Michael Covarrubias:

A play on find Jesus: literal find ‘discover (someone or something) after a deliberate search’ (NOAD2) vs. the figurative find Jesus ‘develop a personal relationship with God’.

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What would you do?

January 25, 2015

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Without a piece of cultural background, this is just a silly story about a polar bear opening a bar in the Klondike. If you have that background, it’s a bit of language play turning on the ambiguity of Klondike bar.

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Bizarro’s 30th

January 24, 2015

The Comics Kingdom site tells me that the 21st was the 30th anniversary of Bizarro comics by Don Piraro, the first having been published on 1/21/85. Here are two Bizarros with linguistic content that haven’t been blogged on here: one from 12/18/13, one from much earlier, possibly from 3/29/89 (I have trouble reading the data):

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Cheeses

January 24, 2015

Passed on to me, this 2007 Phil Selby cartoon:

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A take-off on door-to-door evangelizing, by (in particular) Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, using the pun Jesuscheeses to move things to the world of mice, who are famously fond of cheese.

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Shark!

January 24, 2015

Today’s Calvin and Hobbes features the dreaded snow shark:

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It all started with Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie Jaws, with its threatening fins moving through the water and its ominous music. In the cartoon, the fins are moving through the snow, advancing on the hapless snowman.

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