Archive for February, 2018

Ruthie reasons analogically

February 19, 2018

The One Big Happy from January 23rd:

Ruthie reasons analogically, but from the morphological point of view, inaccurately.

If paralegal is para + legal and the para- contributes a element of meaning roughly ‘sort of, but not real’, then parakeet must be para + keet ‘a sort of, but not real, keet’, whatever a keet is. (What of parasol and parapet?)

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In the sculpture garden

February 19, 2018

Today’s Zippy takes us once again into a sculpture garden, this time one devoted to Zippyoid versions of Henry Moore’s sculptures:

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ZippyMoore — SurrealMoore? — is entirely abstract and is all about holes. RealMoore is full of figures (human, animal, and natural), though represented abstractly to some degree or another; and its negative spaces are significant but not omnipresent.

Case in point: the large two-part sculpture in #1.

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Putting the carnal in Carnival

February 18, 2018

(Much about men’s bodies and mansex, in plain language, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

On Shrove Tuesday (the 13th), the season of Carnival — etymologically, the time for putting away the flesh (for the season of Lent) — reaches its height. From NOAD:

noun carnival: a period of public revelry at a regular time each year, typically during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade: the culmination of the week-long carnival | Mardi Gras is the last day of carnival … ORIGIN mid 16th century: from Italian carnevale, carnovale, from medieval Latin carnelevamen, carnelevarium ‘Shrovetide’, from Latin caro, carn– ‘flesh’ + levare ‘put away’.

In the gay precincts of the world, we strive to put the carnal —

adj. carnal: relating to physical, especially sexual, needs and activities: carnal desire. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Christian Latin carnalis, from caro, carn- ‘flesh’.

into Carnival, to flagrantly celebrate the sins of the flesh. Recent bulletins: two Daily Jocks ads that largely abandon the pretense of selling comfort, support, and style in favor of providing outright soft gay porn; and a look back at a gay hard porn classic, Kristen Bjorn’s Carnaval in Rio, with a fond recollection of Gilvan Couto manfully coping with Caio Amaral’s astonishing 14″ uncut black dick (with some notes on race relations in the postcolonial world).

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God is in the detailing

February 18, 2018

Oh, groan. A divine pun in today’s Zippy:

Bill Griffith’s enigmatic God is a recurrent character in the strip. Today we learn about God’s BMW and how He cares for it.

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Fun with spelling

February 17, 2018

Today’s Pearls Before Swine, passed on to me by Susan Fischer and Lise Menn, in which giggling letters put themselves in order:

Note: they could have spelled ENLIST, INLETS, TINSEL — or in fact SILENT.

 

Morning millionaire

February 17, 2018

My morning name from a few days ago: John Beresford Tipton, the tv millionaire. (more…)

Tell them you haven’t seen him

February 17, 2018

Today’s Bizarro (another Piraro/Wayno collaboration):

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

To understand the strip, you need to recognize the customer at the bar and know that finding him is a difficult enterprise; and to fully enjoy the strip, you should probably also recognize the cultural trope of the drinker at a bar who has the bartender tell people looking for him — most characteristically, his wife — that he’s not there and they haven’t seen him. (Call it the Toper in Hiding trope. The toper in hiding is a stock figure in jokes, situation comedies, and cartoons.)

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yoozed

February 15, 2018

The One Big Happy from January 13th, with a widespread nonstandard pronoun:

Freestanding youse /yuz/ (= you /yu/ + pl /z/) and modifying youse in youse guys ‘you guys’. In any case, a 2pl form distinct from 2sg you. The form is complexly distributed according to geography, social class, and other factors — in a way that suggests it has been invented several times in different contexts.

And then there’s the pun on used /yuzd/.

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This week’s musical food toy pun

February 15, 2018

From cartoonist Dan Thompson, passed on by several people on Facebook:

(#1) /áriò/ the rock band vs. /óriò/ the cookie

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Annals of signs and symbols: gender-neutrality

February 15, 2018

From Barbara Partee on Facebook on the 13th, this sign at the UMass Five College Credit Union:

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The sign was new to Barbara, though it seems to have been around for several years. Barbara merely pronounced it “interesting”, but I found the trans symbol — half male and half female — disturbing.

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