Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

The homely pigeon

June 23, 2017

Well, that’s the sense Ruthie (in One Big Happy) makes of an expression unfamiliar to her, and she’s indignant on behalf of the pigeon:

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Typo time

June 23, 2017

In writing yesterday’s posting on MLB Pride logos, I intended to type the name Aric Olnes, but anticipated the S at the end of Olnes in typing Aric, and so typed

Aris Olnes

A very common sort of typo, in this case creating the name of a hermaphoditic deity of war,

Aris = Ares (Greek god of war) + Eris (Greek goddess of discord)

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G.I. Joe goes ‘mo

June 22, 2017

(The subject will lead to plain-language discussions of mansex, so not for kids or the sexually modest.)

From the Huffington Post on the 14th, gay news from the superhero world: “‘G.I. Joe’ Just Got A Homoerotic Makeover: Is it hot in here — or is it just all of these flexing furry muscles?” by Noah Michelson”

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The three Delfts

June 22, 2017

Today’s Zippy crosses the subjects of Vermeer’s paintings with the Three Stooges:

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Curly the silly one, the Geographer. Larry the unruly one, the Astronomer. And Moe the leader and guide, the Milk Maid. Ego, Id, and Superego.

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Fixing things

June 21, 2017

A Pearls Before Swine strip that’s been sitting in my queue since, omigod, 2/14/16:

All about fixing things.

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It was ever thus

June 21, 2017

Yesterday’s Rhymes With Orange, set in ancient Egypt:

It was ever thus: work was gendered then — women’s work is domestic, men’s work is in the public sphere — and it hasn’t been ungendered yet.

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The terrible truth about bubble wrap

June 20, 2017

A Joe Dator cartoon in the June 19th New Yorker:

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which will lead us to today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

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Along the way we’ll visit the naugas and their hides.

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Disinformation

June 19, 2017

Today’s Dilbert, in which an unnamed employee goes to the pointy-haired boss to tell him that Dilbert’s project is in total chaos:

There are two ways to spread distinformation: through a source that the target audience takes to be authoritative — this is the scheme of official propaganda sources, and of some public figures, and of some other sources, like Fox News — or through deliberately spreading stories by word of mouth, as above.

Sales talk

June 19, 2017

Yesterday’s Bizarro, another exercise in what you have to know to understand what’s going in a cartoon:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 6 in this strip — see this Page.)

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For Saul Steinberg

June 15, 2017

… on the occasion of his birthday (6/15/14; he died in 1999), three cartoons that came my way this morning: a Zits, a Gary Larson, and a Bill Whitehead (new to this blog).

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