Obscenicons

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

Ralph understands what symbols are, and even that in this context only symbols that aren’t alphanumerics count, but he hasn’t figured out that obscenicons are a conventional subset of these symbols.

Background on this blog in “The obscenicons vs. the grawlixes” of 8/1/10. Obscenicons are frequently discussed (as well as used) in cartoons; among the many examples on Language Log and this blog are a Zits and a Bizarro in this posting.

One Response to “Obscenicons”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Just to note that there’s now a Page on “Obscenicon postings” under The Language of Comics on this blog:
    http://arnoldzwicky.org/the-language-of-comics/obscenicon-postings/

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