Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. chess18

    chess18 said, over 3 years ago

    And in and of itself, it exists. (Scolding).

  2. Michael Ford

    Michael Ford said, over 3 years ago

    The Russian word for “nonsense,” erunda (stress on the last letter), comes from the word “gerund.” The old Russian language did not have the idea of a verbal noun (like “scolding,” above). So when foreigners came to Russia from the West centuries ago, the natives thought they were speaking nonsense. They then Russified the Latin root-word, making it erunda. Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

  3. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, over 3 years ago

    Example of gerund and of present participle: “Pursuing girls can be fun.”

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Visiting relatives can be annoying. The classic was “Flying planes can be dangerous”, but I haven’t heard anyone use it since 9/11.

  5. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 3 years ago

    But ‘time flying like an arrow’ and ‘fruit flies liking bananas’ both have examples of the present participle, not the gerund.

  6. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    If I had gone to a better school I would have known this. Our school was a combination of a giant holding tank and a sports center.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    I think most schools have stopped teaching grammar. What a shame. Students then come to university unable to write complete sentences.

  8. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, over 3 years ago


    (sarcasm alert) Why do they need grammer to text?

  9. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    You need Grammer. A good Sideshow Bob episode is always good.

  10. craftylady418

    craftylady418 said, over 3 years ago

    All the examples above are of present participles, not gerunds. Only in Caulfield’s sentence, “I got a minor scolding,” do we see a genuine gerund.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    To scold is a verb. “I got a minor scolding” is a gerund. Or a verb turned into a noun. Caufield is so bored at school. He needs to be taking any accelerated courses including any College level ones they offer. Keep him from doing this baiting.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    “Visiting relatives can be annoying” means either (1) “Relatives when they are visiting can be annoying” (participle) or (2) “It can be annoying to visit relatives” (gerund).

  13. dogncat

    dogncat said, over 3 years ago

    Redcaycei and simpsonfan2: Spelling is good to have in your tool kit along with grammar.

  14. Karl Hombaker

    Karl Hombaker said, over 3 years ago


    Yes, Ive been forced to indure “Intro” courses that actually were remedial reading and writing classes for those poor unfortunates that had recently graduated from the local public education system!

  15. Lisa Childress

    Lisa Childress said, over 3 years ago


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