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  1. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Reality Check about 9 hours ago

    Tell us more, Mr. Wizard. Would this be a doctor who examined her in person, or did he perform these diagnoses by looking at her on the tube? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Non Sequitur about 10 hours ago

    I don’t think you live in Texas, because if you did you would not believe any of what you just wrote. After 58½ years for me, it still doesn’t matter here whether or not I cast a vote . . .

  3. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Daddy's Home 3 days ago

    If I were Elliot I would give that log a nice little quarter-roll while she’s still on it . . .

  4. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Close to Home 3 days ago

    Best comment of the day so far . . .

  5. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Rubes 5 days ago

    I suspect they don’t, but your question makes me think of times in the late 50’s / early 60’s at my maternal grandma’s house. She had an old Wurlitzer organ in her parlor, along with some very old “beginners” music books for organ. One song I learned to hammer out on that old Wurlitzer was Swanee River, and the lyrics printed there with the music were as you recall. As a young boy, the meaning of some of those terms was beyond me, because I grew up in deep south Texas, where many Hispanic people but virtually no black people lived.

  6. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Rubes 5 days ago

    It’s an old ditty by a guy named Stephen Foster, and the state song of Florida – “Old Folks at Home.” But most people know it as “Swanee River.”

  7. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Peanuts Begins 5 days ago

    Ah, the true Lucy we will come to know and [not] love in about 15 years or so . . .

  8. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Daddy's Home 5 days ago

    I’d like to see your statistics on that one, Zach. If any one answer is “most common,” then the arrangement of answers on the test has been affected by non-random variables. This would typically imply human involvement – namely, teachers – because humans arranging the order of answers on a multiple choice test cannot truly randomize anything. That being said, different humans (teachers) would arrange answers differently, so for each arranger of answers the dominant answer would be different – not necessarily “C.”
    However, with computers, its a completely different situation – they can, and do, arrange answers randomly. So, for an “A-B-C-D” multiple choice test, the likelihood of any one answer being correct when a computer randomly arranges the answers will always be 1-in-4, or 25%.
    This suggests a good strategy for tests such as the ACT, which gives you 1 point for each correct answer and 0 points for each incorrect answer – that is, there is no penalty for being wrong. So, let’s take the situation where you are running out of time, like when you have 15 questions left and only 30 seconds or so on the clock, such that you don’t have enough time to eliminate obviously wrong answers and still answer all of the remaining 15 questions. Your best strategy in this situation would be to pick a letter – any letter – and just stick with it. Never try to use a random spread of answers. That’s because humans, who are notoriously non-randomizing beings – will actually reduce the number of correct guesses in an attempt to “randomly” fill the bubbles when compared to taking that 1-in-4 shot with the same guess every time and calling it quits.
    So, is “C” always the best? Sure, if you want “C” to be your guess. However, so are “A,” “B,” and “D,” provided you make the same guess every time.

  9. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Brevity 6 days ago

    . . . including the soul patch . . .

  10. pfei2582 GoComics Pro Member commented on Moderately Confused 6 days ago

    Arguably, apostrophes don’t always connote possession, but are also used to indicate a contraction. Thus, whenever intermediate letters are omitted from a word to shorten it – such as the missing “resentative” in your example – the apostrophe properly can be used. Under this style rule, it doesn’t matter if the contraction is regular or irregular.
    Additionally, some consider it appropriate style to add an apostrophe plus the letter “s” when form the plural of a word that is not normally considered to be a noun (not the case with your example).
    See Rule 5 “Contractions” in the link below: