Three more Reapings

The latest bulletin from Pinterest featured a Reaper Jokes board maintained by Kathy-Lynn Cross. More Grim Reaper cartoons, including one that especially caught my eye because of the two idioms in the text. A Mark Parisi showing one (angry) Reaper confronting another (disconsolate) Reaper: “I’ve had it with you! From now on, you’re alive to me!”. Nice reversal of the idiomatic you’re dead to me ‘I disown you, cut you off, will never see or speak to you again’. Spoken by Death to Death, you’re alive to me conveys the same.

More on this cartoon, then two more Grim Reapers, to add to the 14 already posted on this blog; it’s a very popular cartoon meme.

(I’m not posting the cartoon here, just quoting the text, because Parisi’s lawyers insist on a fee for reproducing his work.)

Two sentences of text, each with an English idiom: in the first sentence, have had it (up to here) with sth./so. ‘not be willing to continue to deal with so. or sth., be unable to tolerate so. or sth. any longer’ (combining glosses from Cambridge and Oxford dictionary sites); in the second, you’re dead to me (as above; the idiom is sometimes extended to other subjects and objects).

An expression of the second sentiment, but without the be dead to wording: from the film The Godfather, Part II:

Michael Corleone: Fredo, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand?

And then the precise wording, from the film Zoolander:

Coal miner father to male model son: You’re dead to me, boy. You’re more dead to me than your dead mother.

Earlier on this blog:

on 4/15/12,  “Cartoon matters”: Grim Reaper cartoon by Bob Mankoff

on 5/16/12, “The Reaperclone”: the “I’ve come for your X” snowclone, with 4 cartoons

on 6/14/12,  “Death at play”: 4 Grim Reaper gag cartoons

on 5/7/14,  “After Cinco de Mayo”: #2 Grim Reaper cartoon (Bizarro)

on 10/17/15, “Autumn, Halloween, and Death”: 2 Grim Reaper cartoons, one by Mark Parisi

on 12/30/15, “Five cartoons for the penultimate day”: 2 Grim Reaper cartoons

And now two more from Pinterest:


Death on the couch

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)

An instance of the Grim Reaper meme and the Psychiatrist meme.


The Reaper and his multi-purpose pocket knife. (Another cartoon on a similar theme: Michael Crawford’s French Army Knife, #4 here.)

The artist for #2, Lonnie Easterling (and his Spud Comics website), is new to this blog. Two other Spuds with language play in them:


The pickled peppers are there only to make the tongue twister tricky, but there are always critics who insist on looking at things logically.


Crucial background knowledge: monkeys in zoos are famous for flinging poo at visitors; that’s Winnie the Pooh in the middle. poo / Pooh, what’s the difference?


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