Basic Instructions by Scott Meyer

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  1. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! said, over 1 year ago

    When I was a kid other kids would tell me “Quit usin’ them big ol’ words an’ talkin’ all smart.”
    Years later I realized that it was only the stupid people teling me to quit “talkin’ all smart”.

  2. Tirasmol

    Tirasmol said, over 1 year ago

    I actually know people like this … that’s probably more of a reflection on me than on them though.

  3. jukeofurl

    jukeofurl said, over 1 year ago

    I’ve been criticized for using big words & er, um smaller w/say only 4 letters(+/-). The latter provoking the phrase -“only those with limited vocabulary use. . ..” Both complaints are specious. Abe Lincoln had a saying about pleasing people that fits. And I have one too – “f*** them.”

  4. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 1 year ago

    @jukeofurl

    “. . . and the horse they rode in on!”


    A friend of mine (a research something-biologist) was criticised for using technical scientific terms when presenting her research at a departmental meeting.


    “Why can’t you use words we can understand?”
    “I thought I was.”

  5. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Understanding what offends some people only encourages me to offend them furthermore.

  6. Michael Ford

    Michael Ford said, over 1 year ago

    “Ratio” barely has three syllables. I mean, you don’t say "ray-show.‘’ “Family,” however, is a stretch. Doesn’t everyone pronounce it, “famly?”

  7. MrJimCos

    MrJimCos said, over 1 year ago

    My oldest son has a voluminous vocabulary, and isn’t afraid to use it. One day after one of his bloviated rants, I asked him why he talked like that. He replied “Because I like the use of intelligent words.” To which I asked “Wouldn’t a better goal be the intelligent use of words?”
    He merely grunted.

  8. paha_siga

    paha_siga said, over 1 year ago

    Doesn’t “another” have three syllables?

  9. LizardPriest

    LizardPriest said, over 1 year ago

    This comic exudes deja vu … or as I would say to this guy … has stuff we all seen before.

  10. jimmyh43105

    jimmyh43105 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Pure gold as usual!

  11. ekw

    ekw said, over 1 year ago

    well, I have to admit – it threw it off when the lunkhead used “inefficient”.

  12. Rightwingmoron

    Rightwingmoron said, over 1 year ago

    Great strip as usual.

  13. kaecispopX

    kaecispopX said, over 1 year ago

    What a moron! (That is only two syllables)

  14. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @ekw

    Yeah, that’s four whole syllables! He should’ve said “wasteful”.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Just about anyone I knew, including my Mother, wanted me to speak like other people. I said “no” that words are there to say something and to add nuance. Anti-intellectualism, it is still alive and will in this benighted country.

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