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We've been reprinting or linking to Rob Balder's PartiallyClips comics for more than six years. (I believe that this was our first link, and this was our second one.) Now Rob has handed the strip over to Tim Crist, who started right out with a lexicographical theme:

(As always, click on the image for a larger version.)

The OED does have the citation 1881 PALGRAVE Vis. Eng. 159 Rival intolerants each 'gainst other flamed.


  1. Nicholas Waller said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Mildly related, 25 years ago I wrote an interview for my own one-off spoof sf fanzine Solar Itch in which the interviewer queried the interviewee about the inconsistency of being a strict vegetarian yet also a keen hunter, fisher and badger-baiter. No inconsistency there – he hates animals in all respects, hates cats and dogs and horses and hates the idea of putting dead animal flesh inside him to lie as congealing fatty weights in his stomach. So he happily slaughters animals, but refuses to eat them.

  2. Mr Fnortner said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    Or this classic: "'Free to good home. Golden retriever. Will eat anything, loves children.'" http://www.rd.com/clean-jokes-and-laughs/dog-giver-joke/article82676.html

  3. Andrew Clegg said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    That 1881 citation sounds like a remarkably accurate premonition of many internet forums.

    [(myl) My thought exactly.]

  4. mgh said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    See also Seinfeld, "I'm lactose intolerant. I have no patience for lactose, and I won't stand for it."

  5. [links] Link salad was walking through the park the other day, baby | jlake.com said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    […] Partially Clips on lactose intolerance — Hahahahahahahah. (Via Language Log.) […]

  6. Rob Balder said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Hey thanks for sticking with us. I am quite pleased to be able to hand the reins to Tim, but I should point out that his name is spelled Crist. (Not that your spelling isn't inherently funnier.) Let's just call him by his Christian name: -=ShoEboX=- the SEX hobo!

  7. Daedalus said,

    January 26, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    In one Simpsons episode, Homer gets an ice cream truck.

    Boy: "But I'm lactose intolerant!"
    Homer: "I will not stand for intolerance! Give this ice cream the same respect you would any other frozen treat."

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