Ben by Daniel Shelton


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  1. frerrick

    frerrick said, over 3 years ago

    just as well he didn’t ask for a rubber — in UK he would have got an entirely different article altogether !!

  2. olddog1

    olddog1 said, over 3 years ago


    Here in the US too. Meant elastic bands many years ago, but now…

  3. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I keep telling my students – the English language changes constantly. What does it mean if I am" sore let and hindered"? What’s a kibosh? What would you do if you had one?

  4. LarryW2LJ

    LarryW2LJ said, over 3 years ago

    Well, I’d take that kibosh and I’d put it on something I didn’t like.

  5. ellisaana

    ellisaana GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Dani Rice

    “sore let and hindered,” is an excellent example of redundant speech: impeded and obstructed.

  6. kaecispopX

    kaecispopX said, over 3 years ago

    The English language strength is that it is flexible enough to incorporate new terms. But it does lead to problems from generation to generation, especially when reading classic literature and old manuscripts.
    In this country, television and radio once unified and stabilized the common speech, but now it also intensifies how fast the meaning of the words we use change. Due to rapid changing technology, the words we use and the common idioms evolve too rapidly.
    For example, a co-worker from an older generation used the phase, “She must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.” to mean that person talked fast and constantly. I understood what he meant,but when I used the same phrase in front of my 12 year-old daughter, it took almost an hour to explain it to her.
    First I had to give her a history lesson to explain what a phonograph was and how it worked. Then I had to explain the rest to her. It wasn’t because of her having a low intelligence, but because she had never seen a phonograph or even a cassette tape player.

  7. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago


    Back in the day that meant those rain overshoes to protect against water damage.

  8. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago


    Yeah, I love looking at those old Marilyn Monroe movies where she talks about having a gay time, or feeling gay.

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