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Trump® brand insults

The first two panels of today's Doonesbury:

Previous coverage of this issue: "The Trump Insult Haiku", 2/29/2016; "Trump reviews", 3/17/2016.

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Sentence meaning and speaker meaning

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An impressive moustache

Alon Lichinsky sent in a link to this P.C. Hipsta comic:

And a reminder of another attachment ambiguity joke:

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Semantic differential: Podium or lectern?

Today's xkcd illustrates a technique pioneered by Bill Labov:

Mouseover title: "BREAKING: Senator's bold pro-podium stand leads to primary challenge from prescriptivist base."

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Good question

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Theory of Mind

In yesterday's Questionable Content, the "combat AI" Bubbles rejects the gift of a collapsible cardigan. The first couple of panels:

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A sentence is the subject is what's happening

Today's Frazz:

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Pedantic about biscuit conditionals

Today's xkcd:

Mouseover title: "'If you're done being pedantic, we should get dinner.' 'You did it again!' 'No, I didn't.'"

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A perfectly spherical politician

… radiating stupidity isotropically.  Today's SMBC presents a variation on the traditional "perfectly spherical cow" joke:

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A reader was impressed enough with the recursive possessive form "mine's" to send in a link to  Happy Monday Comics:

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