Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    OK, school me on this one….I don’t get it….

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago


  3. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Frazz is starting to explain the reason for the teacher’s example, which the student missed entirely:
    You get richer results with pressure.

  4. ammittai

    ammittai said, about 4 years ago

    the point is that it is spelled and pronounced espresso not expresso. the teacher was trying to make a point about pressure but blew it by mispronouncing the word.

  5. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, about 4 years ago

    I’m just kinda surprised that She expected a 3rd-grader to know the fine distinctions of Java!

    What does She THINK those Kids drink in the morning?

  6. purpledog39

    purpledog39 said, about 4 years ago

    When I was in third grade I probably wouldn’t have known. Today, the parents might own an espresso machine or go to Starbucks. (In the latter case, the difference between plain old coffee and e[xs]presso would be “about $2.50 a cup”)

  7. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, about 4 years ago


    The best aphorism I’ve seen on this one is, “It’s espresso, as in pressure, not expresso, as in clueless.” Jef may have heard it.

  8. Magnolia42

    Magnolia42 said, about 4 years ago



  9. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 4 years ago

    school has to be hard. prepares kids for the real world. that and to compete other countries’ kids on test scores.

  10. gene.fellner

    gene.fellner said, about 4 years ago

    Actually “expresso” is in the dictionary as an alternate (but not preferred) spelling of “espresso.” Furthermore, if you spell it that way you’re also supposed to pronounce the X. It’s a false etymology: “espresso” is an inflection of the Italian verb “to press” (the coffee) and has nothing to do with speed. _

  11. JohnnyDiego

    JohnnyDiego said, about 4 years ago

    Who’d a thunk I would have to go to a comic to finally learn how not to say ex-spress-o but to say eh-spress-o.

  12. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, about 4 years ago


    How long has it been since you were in school?

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    zoidknight: At what grade level? I got my masters only a decade and half ago, but was in elementary school before and during WW-II.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 4 years ago

    Elementary school was very hard. It is especially intense in the beginning grades learning reading, arithmetic and doing the assignments. Just tell her to wait until middle school and high school where most of the teachers goldbrick. By then most classes will have no content. In fact, many of the teachers will even be anti-intellectual. Depending on the school system her education could pretty much end on the 6th grade.

  15. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, about 4 years ago

    She must be an Alton Brown fan.

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