Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

Mister Muntz

June 11, 2018

The One Big Happy from May 15th:

Months, Muntz, let’s call the whole thing off.


In case of cartoons, see therapist

June 11, 2018

It started with this John Deering cartoon from 11/23/12 (passed on by a series of Facebook posters):


In the tradition of the signage


and introducing the cartoonist Deering, who’s fond of the Psychiatrist cartoon meme.


I love Moscow with chocolate syrup on top

June 8, 2018

Today’s politically pointed parodic Zippy:


You might not have recognized the Bosco jingle from the 1950’s, so Bill Griffith has helpfully added a jar of the stuff to the strip.



June 7, 2018

The One Big Happy from May 11th, in which Ruthie discovers that there are contractions and then there are contractions:


mean age

June 5, 2018

In the May 9th One Big Happy, Ruthie is faced with the ambiguity of modifying mean — and, unsurprisingly, opts for a familiar sense rather than a technical one:


Again with the nose job

June 4, 2018

Today’s Zippy is a re-play of a drawing from 2015, now with dialogue:


Stroke the nose and you slip through the nasal passage in the nose-time continuum to the bulbous-nose Cartoonosity region of Zippyland.


The canine therapist

June 3, 2018

Posted by a Facebook foaf today, this Bizarro from 10/14/10:

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 5 in this strip — see this Page.)

The Psychiatrist meme, with a talking dog as a bonus. Plus, in my title, a nominal with the pseudo-adjective canineand it’s ambiguous.


Two little words

June 2, 2018

Identify a movie with just two words from it.

“I’m shocked” takes you to Casablanca.

And “Sorry, Dave” takes you to 2001: A Space Odyssey, in “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” (which you can watch here)

That came to me thanks to a weekly mailing from King Features, with this panel from a Safe Havens strip (a quirky comic new to this blog):


Bathroom words

June 1, 2018

The One Big Happy from May 5th:

What to call this room, with the facilities for urination and defecation? Most of the standard terms are named metonymically, by association with other activities often engaged in in such a room: bathroom, by association with bathing; toilet, by association (in French) with dressing; lavatory, by association with washing (Latin lavatorium ‘place for washing’); washroom; restroom.


Narrative theory at the therapist’s

June 1, 2018

Today’s Rhymes With Orange, a fresh take on the Psychiatrist cartoon meme:

You don’t get a lot of narrative theory in cartoons, but here’s some basic stuff from Wikipedia: