Sentence meaning and speaker meaning

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Today's Zits:

The protean nature of dude interpretation has become a comics cliché — for a half dozen earlier examples, see

"Dude", 12/8/2004
"Dude, no way", 12/9/2004
"Duding out", 12/10/2004
"More dudism", 10/26/2008
"Dude unbound", 10/9/2010
"'Dude.'", 11/12/2010
"More 'dude' lexicography", 12/20/2011
"Linguistic comics", 2/13/2013

Zits is also a reliable replicator of gender stereotypes, e.g. here, here, here.




  1. David L said,

    April 16, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    Presumably the cartoonist added the explanations for the benefit of female readers.

  2. Margaret Dean said,

    April 16, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

    @David L: That, and to compensate for the lack of vocal inflection in a printed medium.

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