Archive for the ‘Linguistics in the comics’ Category

Pop food edifice

February 5, 2017

Today’s Rhymes With Orange, with a 7-layer composition of popular American appetizers, snacks, and sides (side dishes):

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From 9/5/16 on this blog, “A Minneapolis fling”, with a Zippy on some of America’s favorite appetizers (and snacks): sliders, Walleye bites, huevos rancheros, grilled BBQ chicken wings (aka Buffalo wings, hot wings, or just wings), Polish sausage (note emphasis on Minnesota specialties).

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Caveman name fashions

February 5, 2017

In the latest (February 6th) New Yorker, a Jeremy Nguyen cartoon on names:

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Once, real men had masculine names like Bart and Max. Now they’re all named Justin and Taylor.

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At the Zippy Mart

February 1, 2017

Yesterday’s Zippy takes us to a convenience store, whose name communicates speedy service and also seems to refer to him (so that he takes a proprietary interest in the business):

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Borne again

February 1, 2017

… on the wings of prayer. Yesterday’s Bizarro:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

Born-again birds of prey, evangelizing Brother Owl.

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fudge II

February 1, 2017

A bonus to my fudge posting yesterday: an outrageous posting (playing on the ambiguity between the food and the excrement nouns fudge) on the crowdfunding / fund sourcing site Indiego (not, alas, dated, so far as I can tell):

Help Us Put Fudge in Uranus! Join us in a campaign to open the Uranus Fudge Factory and General Store on Historic Route 66: You will be part of creating the most outrageous (and the most fun) Candy Factory and Retail Store in the country.

The site claims to be seeking support both for the factory and store and for the expense of incorporating a town of Uranus MO:

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A literally dirty joke, turning on the ambiguity of fudge in combination with a play on the planet name Uranus (accented on the middle syllable) vs. the phrase your anus (your asshole, where the shit comes from).

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Gender and sexuality in the comics

January 30, 2017

In today’s comics feed, a Bizarro on paleolithic heterosexual rituals; and a One Big Happy in which Ruthie reflects on projections of masculinity in men’s clothing:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

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POP + Pun

January 29, 2017

Yesterday’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

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A POP (phrasal overlap portmanteau) incorporating a pun: Betty Crocker (see below) + cocker spaniel (the dog breed), with Crocker / cocker in the middle.

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Two in One Big Happy

January 27, 2017

Two recent One Big Happy strips: one with an outrageous pun from Ruthie and Joe’s father, one with Ruthie once again attempting to engage the neighbor boy James on his grammar:

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If you’re a bit puzzled by James’s “Ain’t nobody going!” in #2, you have a right to be.

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A sex/gender symbol of the mind

January 25, 2017

Today’s Bizarro:

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(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbol in the cartoon (not the sex/gender symbol) — Dan Piraro says there’s just one in this strip — see this Page.)

Sex on his mind, all the time.

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Poppin’ Fresh in a pink dress

January 22, 2017

(It starts with dough and cross-dressing and eventually touches on several sexy topics. So: definitely racy, but probably not enough to frighten the horses in the street.)

Today’s Rhymes With Orange portrays the kinky side of the Pillsbury Doughboy, Poppin’ Fresh (the advertising icon and mascot of the Pillsbury Company):

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The Doughboy cross-dressing in an adorable pink skirt — a fluted cupcake liner, from the set on the kitchen counter.

Now: some remarks on cupcakes; a note on sexual undercurrents in the Poppin’ Fresh ads; and extensive discussion of sentient, speaking figures (often anthropomorphic, as here) in advertising, cartoons, or fictions of other kinds, figures that are in fact foodstuffs.

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