Word division days

A Twitter-based cartoon on the Analytical Gramar/Grammar Planet Facebook page:


(#1) FAT ALBERT vs. FATAL BERT

No spaces in hashtags, hence the orthographic ambiguity.

Of course you need to know the characters. On the left in #1, from Wikipedia:


(#2) Some of the Fat Albert characters

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an American animated series created, produced, and hosted (in live action bookends) by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985 (with new episodes being produced sporadically during that time frame). The show, based on Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, centered on Fat Albert (known for his catchphrase “Hey hey hey!”), and his friends.

On the right in #1, without Ernie but with a bloody knife, from Wikipedia:


(#3) Bert and Ernie with their rubber duckie

Bert and Ernie are two Muppets who appear together in numerous skits on the popular U.S. children’s television show Sesame Street. Originated by Frank Oz and Jim Henson, the characters are currently performed by puppeteers Eric Jacobson and Peter Linz; Oz occasionally performs Bert.

… An ordinary Bert and Ernie skit involves Ernie coming up with a harebrained idea, and Bert trying to talk him out of it, ending with Bert losing his temper and Ernie remaining unaware of the results of his own bad idea.

Several people have noted that camel case can be your friend: #FatAlbert vs. #FatalBert (or #fatalBert). On the option, from NOAD:

noun camel case (also camelCaseCamelCase): a typographical convention in which an initial capital is used for the first letter of a word forming the second element of a closed compound, e.g. PayPaliPhoneMasterCard. ORIGIN 1990s: from the supposed resemblance of the visual effect to the hump or humps of a camel’s back.

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