Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, about 18 hours ago

    Maybe Rat does care a small amount about Congress.

  2. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson said, about 18 hours ago

    I’m a lot like Paris Goat; I notice when people use phrases without thinking about them.
    :
    Another biggie is the way people say something is “ironic” when the right word is “coincidental,” which is the opposite.

  3. drosedrosedrose

    drosedrosedrose GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    Today’s song: Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic.

  4. agedengineer

    agedengineer GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    Kind of like when your girlfriend says, “The last thing I want to do is to hurt you.” It only means that there are other things ahead of that on the list, but it’s still on the list.

  5. wmwiii

    wmwiii GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    I hate it when someone says something “begs the question”. I’ll bet 99 out of 100 people who misuse that expression have no idea what it really means.

  6. TMO1

    TMO1 GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    I caught V. Bugliosi making this same mistake in his book on religion. Even highly-educated people have a problem with this phrase, for some reason.

  7. BlueJayRobin

    BlueJayRobin said, about 17 hours ago

    Irregardless of how ironic it might seem, I’ve come to believe that it’s the one syllable of “could” versus the two of “couldn’t” that attracts people. People who don’t care about something can’t be bothered to add “n’t”. It’s just too much useless work.

  8. Kaputnik

    Kaputnik said, about 17 hours ago

    When this comes up, as it so frequently does, some people say that “I could care less” means “I could care less, but not much.” That at least preserves the intended meaning. Anyway, there are things about which I care more.

  9. phylum

    phylum said, about 17 hours ago

    #@%# it….

  10. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, about 16 hours ago

    I’m with Rat. Goat sounds too much like an English teacher I had whom I hated. And whom I ended up proving didn’t really pay attention to the work she gave us. I got an A- on a 50 page assignment that was part of the requirement for high school graduation. Hey, great. Just one little problem, I only wrote ten pages. Because we were doing it on computer and because it needed to be turned in, I just printed out all ten pages five times and turned it in. Should have gotten an F had she paid attention to everything. Probably just read the first couple of pages, if even that much.

  11. darth geekboy

    darth geekboy GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago

    rat COULD OF cared a bit more………..wait. oh no! the more-ons of the Internet have infected me too!

  12. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, about 16 hours ago

    @darth geekboy

    & @F6F5Hellcat

    Cue the language Nazis …

  13. jimmjonzz

    jimmjonzz said, about 16 hours ago

    I’ve heard Goat’s criticism many times, but I think there are logical ways around it that are especially clear in spoken English. Inflection can effectively signal a questioning tone such that the meaning becomes “Could I care less?” There’s an unspoken and understood “as if” before “I could care less.” In fact, the way I usually use this general expression is to say “Ask me if I could care less,” which implies that the answer would be “No!” Or, I just say “As if….” and allow the entire expression to remain unspoken but clearly communicated.

  14. John Smith

    John Smith said, about 15 hours ago

    I don’t care at all

  15. daDoctah

    daDoctah said, about 15 hours ago

    @jimmjonzz

    For your homework assignment on this topic, rewatch “My Cousin Vinny”, paying special attention to this scene:

    Sheriff: When did you shoot him?

    Bill: what?

    Sheriff: At what point did you shoot the clerk?

    Bill: I shot the clerk?

    Sheriff: Yes, when did you shoot him?

    Bill: I shot the clerk?

    Officer: Dean, we need you out here!

    Sheriff: I’m right in the middle of a d—n confession here!

    (Sheriff and Deputy leave room. Bill realizes…)

    Bill: WHOA!!! Wait a minute!!

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