Why do Cartoonists Keep Posting Variations of this Joke?

rogersgeorge on November 28th, 2017

Maybe it’s an easy solecism to make fun of. Dogs of C-Kennel.

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Kudos to The Washington Post

rogersgeorge on December 25th, 2016

An editorial datelined Dec 19 in The Washington Post had this headline:

Should the electoral college stop a Trump presidency? Depends whom you ask.

Good for them—they got “whom” right! I don’t particularly care what the article says (in fact I didn’t read it), but they got their English right! woo hoo!

Okay, while I’m praising people, here’s one about a kid who still believes in Santa Claus. He got both your and you’re right. Third cell:

I suppose he could say he’s as good as The Washington Post.

Another Spelling Comic

rogersgeorge on April 27th, 2016

Dan Piraro’s comic Bizarro is usually pretty good, and like most cartoonists, he’s a bit of a grammar curmudgeon (as I am). So today’s post is easy to write.

Bizarro - 04/19/2016

Be nice to know how she could tell he said it wrong, though…

PS. If you go to the actual comic and look at the title through 3-D glasses, it’s three-dimensional.

An unlikely place for a grammar goof

rogersgeorge on November 20th, 2011

I read the funnies. They were my favorite part of the daily paper when I was a kid, and now I read them online regularly. I recently realized  that I never see a mistake in grammar in a comic unless the mistake is deliberate. Many strips have a row of buttons underneath so you can look at earlier or later episodes. Even the button that you click to see the previous comic is correct. It says “Previous,” not “Prior.”

What caused me to realize the rarity of grammar mistakes in comics was when I saw one recently. Scott Meyer writes a very funny comic. His comic, Basic Instructions, is one of my favorites. The humor is at once subtle, and to me, anyway, hilarious.

Full disclosure: He fixed the goof. If you go to his site, you'll see the corrected version.

You see the mistake, right? (It’s the first “you’re” in the last panel.) A lot of people mix up words that sound alike, and getting “your” and “you’re” wrong is a favorite for sixth-grade English teachers to pounce on. In Scott’s case, I’m pretty sure it was a slip of the fingers since he’s obviously a professional.

The lesson here is to proofread your writing. Make sure you don’t accidentally write something you don’t intend.