Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Put the little fellow down already!

  2. Harryfan

    Harryfan said, about 4 years ago

    I had a guinea pig when I was a kid. I held him to long and he peed on me. If I were you, I would put Dander down as he is a large capacity guinea pig.

  3. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, about 4 years ago

    Mr. Danders is being very polite with Alice. I think he likes her, except for the being-carried-around thing!

  4. einarbt7

    einarbt7 said, about 4 years ago

    Can we call this guinea pig Petey the second? Petey II

  5. Crumbucket

    Crumbucket GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Don’t you think wanting to be “put down” is a trifle ambiguous?

  6. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Crumbucket

    Crumbucket, you have hit upon an antagonym, a word which so impressed me that I copied down the blurb where I first encountered it, knowing I’d eventually have a chance to quote it, and thank you for this opportunity:

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    Words with opposing meanings are also known as autantonyms, antagonyms, or even Janus words (from the notoriously two-faced deity of Roman myth). For example, cleave can mean to split apart as well as to knit together, while quite can mean moderately as well as completely, and sanction can indicate allowing something as well as refusing to countenance it (the latter sense being clear in the Peace Pledge Union’s historic pledge: “I renounce war, and will never support or sanction another”).

    In his Spoonerisms, Sycophants, and Sops (1988), D. C. Black listed several other contronyms, such as scan, let, moot, wound up, and commencement. If you lease or rent a house, are you occupying it or letting someone else occupy it? If you trip, have you stumbled or are you walking gracefully? If you screen a film, you show it, but if you screen a garden shed, you hide it. If the stars are out, you can see them, but if lights are out, you cannot see them. Does literally mean precisely or is it being used merely for emphasis without being literally true (as in “They were literally killing themselves laughing”)?

    Phrases, too, can have opposite senses. First-degree murder is the most serious kind of slaughter, but first-degree burns are the least serious. The opposing senses of dispense with were presumably not noticed by the pharmacist who advertised that he “dispensed with accuracy”.

    Nowadays, if you say you are going to take care of somebody, it may suggest that you are going to kill them rather than care for them. The phrase waste no time can mean that you are eager to start something, but that was not the intention when someone (was it Disraeli?) wrote: “Thank you for your manuscript. I shall waste no time in reading it”. My favourite such phrase is with respect, which is often used in conversation or interviews to imply that the speaker has little or no respect for the person addressed!

  7. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Talk about in one ear and out the other.

  8. Matt

    Matt GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    I hear the voice of Michael Caine.

  9. lisjunkmail

    lisjunkmail said, about 4 years ago

    @Richard S. Russell
    that sounds like something Mark Twain would say :)

  10. Ranbotrout

    Ranbotrout GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    akk. =^..^=

  11. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft said, about 4 years ago

    Mr. Danders sounds a lot like Petey.

  12. merbates

    merbates said, about 4 years ago

    @Richard S. Russell
    Interesting!

    Poor Mr. Danders. Alice is the only one who can hear him and she isn’t listening. He is rather polite about it.

  13. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, about 4 years ago

    @Richard S. Russell

    Other expressions are:
    “I’m going to the bridge – can I drop you off?”
    and
    “I’m driving into town – shall I run you over?”

  14. neatslob

    neatslob said, about 4 years ago

    Check out 7/30/2010 for an adult that can definitely hear him.

  15. Helyna

    Helyna said, about 4 years ago

    Maybe he wouldn’t mind so much if she was carrying him so his feet were resting on something! You shouldn’t carry animals the way she’s doing.

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