POP Art Rock

(Today’s quickie not-dead-yet posting.)

The Bizarro from 3/9/21, with a POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau) that combines art — in the form of the painter Georgia O’Keeffe — with rock music — in the form of Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones:

(#1) Keith Richards rocking away, with a reproduction of an O’Keeffe on the back of his jacket (If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page)

The POP is Georgia O’Keeffe + Keith Richards = Georgia O’Keeffe Richards. The overlapping materials — /kif/ and /kiθ/ — are nor perfect matches, but are very close phonologically, the voiceless fricatives /f/ and /θ/ differing only in point of articulation).

About the painting on the back of Richards’s jacket, from Wikipedia:


Cow’s Skull: Red, White, and Blue is a [1931] painting by American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The painting depicts a cow skull centered in front of what appears to be a cloth background. In the center of the background is a vertical black stripe. On either side of that are two vertical stripes of white laced with blue. At the outside of the painting are two vertical red stripes.

One Response to “POP Art Rock”

  1. Michael Vnuk Says:

    The pun works better if ‘Keith’ is pronounced as ‘Keef’, which is what Keith Richards is sometimes called.

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