One Big Happy by Rick Detorie

One Big Happy

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  1. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 4 years ago

    @AFICIONADO (From your comment yesterday) Do you speak Maltese? I know it’s related to Arabic. What is the Maltese word for your child’s parents-in-law? I was thinking of learning Maltese as a way of learning Arabic since Maltese is written in Roman letters and, no matter how much I study, I can’t master the Arabic alphabet. Too bad, because Uyghur (see my avatar) is written with Arabic letters and I can’t read the lyrics to the Uyghur songs on my Uyghur DVDs.

  2. thisisretarded

    thisisretarded said, over 4 years ago

    TAC-TICS! Get it? It’s the opposite of Tic Tacs!

  3. afficionado  W M b

    afficionado W M b said, over 4 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    i do speak maltese which is counted as a semitic language but bears no resemblance to arabic .

    my child’s p-i-l would be cunjatu and cunjata
    my sister’s husband would be hatni
    my wife’s sister’s husband would be silfi
    getting dizzy yet?:o)
    your child’s godfather is cbinek
    but cbintek is your mistress

    Maltese is a very complex language with silent h’ gh’s and proper grammatical where to put them

    personally I never passed a Maltese exam
    and always write in english


  4. runar

    runar said, over 4 years ago

    tactics n. a Polish breath mint.

    Maltese is the only Semitic language to use the Latin alphabet. It is related (some linguists say descended from) an Arabic dialect once spoken in Sicily but now extinct, giving it much vocabulary borrowed from Italian.

  5. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 4 years ago

    @AFFICIANADO & RUNAR. Thanks for the very interesting information about Maltese. I guess that explains the words for in-laws that sound more Italian than Semitic. Fascinating the that Arabic managed to have a toehold (no pun intended) in Sicily.

  6. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 4 years ago

    @Arye Uygur

    More surprising, really, is that a toehold is all they had. At its fullest extent, the Arabic empire rivaled the Roman empire in breadth and influence, and came that close to overrunning Europe altogether. Now, that would have made for some fascinating alternate history….

  7. melmarsh9v

    melmarsh9v said, over 4 years ago

    At the first panel, I expected the punch line to involve woodticks and thumbtacks.

  8. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, over 4 years ago

    This goes well with Fleshy’s tuna water on Monty.

  9. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, over 4 years ago

    Now that I’ve read the comments the language parts are interesting. I took French in HS but had a VERY American teacher with poor pronunciation so I lost interest. I took 2 years of Latin in college (Roman and Church) and studied Spanish from a pair of used text books after a trip to Mexico, so I can read and write it. I include a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book in my reading every year now to excercise my brain. This year was Cien Anos de Soledad.

  10. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, over 4 years ago

    That’s quite an expression for Dad.

  11. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 4 years ago

    @Stephan Gilberg: Dad’s expression rivals the expression on Grandma’s (the old-fashioned one) face when she wanted to slug her mechutanes (the other grandmother) a few days ago in the contempory version – which you can access by clicking on the right where it says “click here.”

  12. salamurai

    salamurai said, over 4 years ago

    @afficionado W M b

    what’s the word for Falcon?

  13. afficionado  W M b

    afficionado W M b said, over 4 years ago


    seqqer or spaniulet

  14. iced tea

    iced tea said, over 4 years ago

    Joe had a good comeback.

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