Office zombies

The New Yorker daily cartoon for 10/11 by Navied Mahdavian and Asher Perlman commits an unusually long POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau):

“We both have work in the morning.”

The ingredients: the idiomatic phrase call it an early night (also make an early night of it) ‘go home early’; and the zombie movie title Night of the Living Dead. The zombies are making an early night of it.

(See my 11/6/18 posting “Halloween detritus”¬†on Night of the Living Dead and other pop-culture zombie works.)

What makes the cartoon wonderfully absurd is the premise that zombies have somehow become so normalized in the world of the cartoon, their hunger for human flesh or brains so controlled, that they both go to cocktail parties and hold down office jobs.

 

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