Candorville by Darrin Bell


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  1. olddog1

    olddog1 said, over 3 years ago

    Point made.

  2. rmacprivate

    rmacprivate said, over 3 years ago

    Urban survival tip number one… Avoid making eye contact.

  3. uniquename

    uniquename said, over 3 years ago


    Wouldn’t that be “never make no eye contact”?

  4. Butch Glover

    Butch Glover GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Or “never be makin’ no…..”

  5. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Many languages allow a double negative for emphasis. The rule against the double negative in English has nothing to do with logic or grammar and everything to do with the social classification of dialects.

  6. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 3 years ago

    Old old story: language prof is lecturing to a very bored class, and gets into the use of the double negative, observing that in some languages (supposedly French), a double negative connotes a very strong negative, and in others (like English) a double negatvie connotes a weak positive. He goes on to say that there is no language in which a double positive connotes a weak negative, however.

    At which point somebody in the back of the lecture hall says, “yeah, right.” (insert rim shot here…)

  7. Retired Dude

    Retired Dude said, over 3 years ago

    Isn’t " ain’t never say nothin’ " a triple negative?

  8. sarah413

    sarah413 said, over 3 years ago

    Couldn’t care less.

  9. smacdon

    smacdon said, over 3 years ago

    Just had to reply to puddleglum1066. I’ve heard this joke, it must be floating around the net. I’ve seen versions that say it’s was an MIT professor, but I first heard this joke as a reply to linguist Noam Chomsky.

    But I’m with Clyde here. No point talking to Lemont. He doesn’t get nothing.

  10. katzenbooks45!

    katzenbooks45! said, over 3 years ago

    As they say here in the southern US, “Don’t make me no nevermind”.

  11. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago


    ““yeah, right.” (insert rim shot here…)”
    Well done, deserving of the rim shot
    Also agreeing with Clyde, my hero, in that he is using his variation of the English language. That might limit his employment opportunities but at least he’s being true to himself as he sees himself.
    Also agree his thoughts were profound, as usual.
    As to avoiding eye contact, though, in years gone by the response my eye contact received was,
    “Hey man, wanna do some stuff.”
    It made me realize I was interfering with the lady’s business and how she spotted customers.
    In recognition of her business needs, I ceased.

  12. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago


    “As they say here in the southern US, “Don’t make me no nevermind”.”
    We don’t all say it here, but it’s all good.

  13. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 3 years ago

    “Why is Clyde wearing a winter coat in July??”
    I’ve been told it’s a black thing and I wouldn’t understand but it is common here in Florida even in the ninties.

  14. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, over 3 years ago

    My ex wears sweaters and leather and any other winter clothes in the summer time.

  15. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 3 years ago

    The purpose of having generally accepted rules of grammar is to promote clarity in communication. While one may intuit the meaning of a double or triple negative, it requires outside clues: facial expression, voice intonation, or as in the cartoon, knowledge of the two characters. If one says something to another, the implication is that the speaker thinks the communication is important. If that is true, then the speaker should aim for clarity as a matter of respect for the speaker and listener. Using poor grammar suggests a lack of that respect, or that the speaker is just making noise without content. If that is so, then why impose that empty noise on another. Thus the points of grammar are clarity and courtesy, both surely worthy objectives.

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