Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

The dog who would be penguin

January 23, 2019

Charles Schulz’s Peanuts strip from 12/31/57, in which Snoopy takes on a penguin persona:

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On the euphemism watch

January 22, 2019

The Daddy’s Home cartoon (by Anthony Rubino Jr. and Gary Markstein) for January 20th:

Doubly peculiar euphemisms heck and gosh: they’re replacing straightforward religious uses of hell and God, rather than transferred uses in cursing; and in any case the taboo associated with these cursing uses has ebbed to such a degree that euphemizing them has a decidedly quaint feel.

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Stay ware!

January 20, 2019

Sandra Boynton’s celebration of the day:

Be aware! Stay ware! Be constantly conscious of the significance of penguins. If that takes having a penguin shine a bright light in your eyes, so be it.

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pinochle

January 5, 2019

The One Big Happy from 12/9, in which Ruthie is rotfl over the name of a card game:

Exactly my response when, at the age of 7 or 8, I first heard the name of this card game. I mean, pea-knuckle!

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Private conlangs in the comics

January 5, 2019

Yesterday’s Sally Forth (by Jim Keefe):

Ted and Sally are recalling an absurd private language they constructed for themselves to talk about nearby people in public — a language that only they would know. Their Monkeyish was absurd because, with only 12 words (7 of them prepositions!), there was clearly almost nothing that they could say.

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Nighthawks on New Year’s

January 2, 2019

A memorable New Yorker cover for the New Year: an Owen Smith parody of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (one of a great many such parodies):

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Three things: Nighthawks parodies, Owen Smith, and party hats.

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Annals of indirection

January 1, 2019

Chip Dunham’s Overboard strip from December 28th:


(#1) Captain Crow and his dog Louie

An exercise in both syntax/semantics and semantics/pragmatics: on syntactic constructions and their semantics, and on the indirect conveying of meaning in context.

Above, what will become example (c) in the syntactic discussion:

(c) I don’t think I’ve told you today what a wonderful dog you are

which will lead to a related example, Sir Van Morrison’s song line in (d):

(d) Have I told you lately that I love you?

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Ruthie x 3

December 29, 2018

In my comics feed for One Big Happy: The Huskies play Oregon (11/23), Money is the root of boll weevil (11/28), ABC order (11/30):

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Nighthawks in search of an artist

December 29, 2018

Passed on on Facebook, this Bill Whitehead cartoon, with some broad art humor:

Before Edward Hopper discovered the sad diner and immortalized it in Nighthawks.

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bait and tackle

December 27, 2018

A coordination of two nouns, conventionally paired in bait & tackle shop, referring to a store that provides supplies for sport fishermen. Like this place in Benicia CA:

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And elaborately played on in the Bizarro  from December 23rd:

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