Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for January 28, 2013

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    tuna1  about 11 years ago

    Isn’t it already an impediment?

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    rayannina  about 11 years ago

    It can be – just ask Orwell.

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    rentier  about 11 years ago

    Many politician do so and confuse it, so you can understand nothing any more!!

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    el8  about 11 years ago

    “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson.

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    january28711  about 11 years ago

    Impact. Contact. Perfectly good nouns that have been verbed. sigh

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    ratlum  about 11 years ago

    O Hobbes thats been around for a long time already .

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    jai-jai  about 11 years ago

    Google :)

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    Linux0s  about 11 years ago

    Totally photoshopped.

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    Rakkav  about 11 years ago

    Actually, language degenerates at least as much as it develops. The problem for most people seems to be telling which is which.

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    orinoco womble  about 11 years ago

    It always has been, Hobbes. I think it was Voltaire who said language helps us conceal out thoughts.

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    Kvasir42 Premium Member about 11 years ago

    There are a few sports announcers who do this.

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    pelican47  about 11 years ago

    Disposition. As in how do we disposition product when it comes in for repair.

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    Phapada  about 11 years ago

    some time am confusing in englishhhhhhhhh…………..

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    thirdguy  about 11 years ago

    I’d say this was a good read,but that would be way too obvious.

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    prasrinivara  about 11 years ago

    Eventually? It already was even long before this strip — for example, Americans could not (and many still cannot) understand “bin it” (which is very obvious in Britain).

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    arye uygur  about 11 years ago

    If Ms Wormwood could overhear Calvin’s conversation she would promote him to head of the the class.

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    lisapaloma13  about 11 years ago

    Ditto. Who wants to go back to noun cases and elaborate conjugations? If Anglo-Saxon hadn’t been used badly by the masses, we’d still be speaking it. Or Proto-IndoEuropean. Or whatever preceded it.

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    annafrances  about 11 years ago

    my bad!. lol totally rad strip wtfhowzat?

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    Ensoh  about 11 years ago

    So I’m like, “yeah!”

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    Pithy (yeah, right)  about 11 years ago

    @Elizabeth Justice:

    Actually, according to, the word “impact”, as both a noun and a verb, entered the English language in 1775-85 as a back-formation from “impacted” (with reference to teeth), which came into the language c. 1600 from the Latin impactus (with the meaning “press closely into something”).

    According to the same source, “contact” did enter the language (in the 1620s) as a noun, but has been in use as a verb since 1834.

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    Hobbes Premium Member about 11 years ago

    Now we can Google everything. As the language progresses, soon we will be able to Ebay things. Sometimes I like to Calvin my imagination.

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    Hobbes Premium Member about 11 years ago

    Click here: Peanuts (December 26, 1977)Click here: Pearls Before Swine (October 15, 2003)Click here: Peanuts (September 2, 1969)

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    Hobbes Premium Member about 11 years ago

    And, finally, here is one for Puddleglum:Click here: Non Sequitur (October 6, 2011)

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    ajnotales  about 11 years ago

    I’ll have to google the origins of this … :-)

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    mkd_1218  about 11 years ago

    Almost there, Hobbes!

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    rshive  about 11 years ago

    Seems like we’ve already got a good start, Hobbes.

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    germanvisitor  about 11 years ago

    Just when you thought it is the politicians’ mission to make language harder to understand.

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    Chris Kenworthy  about 11 years ago

    I don’t remember when access wasn’t both a noun and a verb… and I don’t think Calvin does either – but Bill probably does. According to, the verb usage in computing dates to 1962

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    William Timm  about 11 years ago

    I hate it when people ask me if I went golfing.

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    Thomas Linquist  about 11 years ago

    And people wonder why contracts have to be so oddly phrased and state the obvious seven or eight times. If you leave some people the tiniest bit of ambiguity of language, they will use it.

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    orinoco womble  about 11 years ago

    Americans have been “canning” vegetables for over 60 years. And yet they use jars.

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    Hobbes Premium Member about 11 years ago

    @orinoco womble: That’s really a jarring observation.

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    alan.gurka  about 11 years ago

    How fun!

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    Packratjohn Premium Member about 11 years ago

    We take verbs and use them as nouns quite regularly, as gerunds, so why not the opposite? Or don’t you like my nitpicking?

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    Akuinnen  about 11 years ago

    sigh What an odd conundrum that I have stumbled upon. Does Calvin mean that he can and will take any noun and transform it into a verb? Or does he mean that he can take virtually and word and make it a verb? Hmmmm……..

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    Puddleglum2  about 11 years ago

    @orinoco womble,Can you can it, please? :o)

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    Puddleglum2  about 11 years ago

    @Hobbes,And he goes, “Birds of a feather flock together.”If the grammar police throw him into jail, he’ll be another kind of bird.I had never heard of a bird being prepositioned, before.

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    Puddleglum2  about 11 years ago

    @LX013 (from yesterday),It doesn’t mean that it’s sinful for a husband and wife to do what is necessary to conceive a child. It means that we inherit the sinful nature (originally from Adam through the fall). We inherit inclinations and tendencies to sin from previous generations.“The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” Because the children take after their parents through these inherited traits, they sin in the same or similar ways as their parents and suffer the consequences of their sinful deeds, actions, and thoughts.Thank you for inquiring. I hope I have clarified it.

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    52james  about 11 years ago

    Gift me! I’m impacted!

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    Kali39  about 11 years ago

    Why we’ll never have a world language: .. Polish has no vowels.. Hawaiian has no consonents.. English has no sense.…And German sounds like an insult when you say hello.…A long time ago, I saw a sign at a Polish restaurant that said that Polish is easy…once you realize that “pstrang” is pronounced like “honk.”

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    JanLC  about 11 years ago

    So it was Calvin that made disrespect into a verb!

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    pedalflower  about 11 years ago

    gifting is a favorite of mine. or should I say, I’ve favorited gifting for teeth gnashing.

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    calvinsfriend110  about 11 years ago

    At least he shows interest in grammar.

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    dsom8  about 11 years ago

    I wonder if Watterson, when he drew this rant, considered that what he was doing at that moment was “cartooning.” The language allows this crossover and is full of examples. The only “weirding” that happens is when a new occurrence enters the vocabulary and has an unfamiliar ring to it. It may sound jarring, especially to the purists, but there is no grammatical rule being violated!

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    bigsnooze  about 11 years ago

    In the beginning there was the word

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    Puddleglum2  about 11 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49,Everyone who has ever been born would have done what Adam and Eve did, so there would be no “innocent generations”, and forgiveness would still be necessary.

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    Gretchen's Mom  about 11 years ago

    Hobbes was more prophetic than he knew way back in 1993 . . . language just about has been made “a complete impediment to understanding” (at least, for some of us anyhow!) — it’s called texting.

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    Popeyesforearm  about 11 years ago

    the government has been doing it for years on every document the print.

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    khpage  about 11 years ago

    This ’toon gave me a good laugh – much needed these days…

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    bizaker  about 11 years ago

    A wise friend once told me: “Milk! It’s both a noun and a verb! You get what you do!”

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    ambassadorstt  about 11 years ago

    ……" it was so fun……" ?

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    bmonk  about 11 years ago

    I quoted this just the other day! I agree: Verbing weirds language.

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    sfb5761  about 11 years ago

    For those of us old enough to remember when party, parent, and text were nouns.

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    JP Steve Premium Member about 11 years ago

    ‘but canning started under Napoleon Bonaparte. They were called “tins.”’

    Yet when Appert invented canning he used bottles!

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    Richard V Anderson  about 11 years ago

    Ah yes, almost my all-time favorite C&H cartoon. I howled when it first came out oh so many years ago.

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    Kali39  about 11 years ago

    If you imagine Colonel Klink saying it, yes…

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    jonas.bahn  about 11 years ago

    why are there just reruns on Calvin and Hobbes? As much as I like it, it should have fresh comics, like Garfield.

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    38lowell  about 11 years ago

    Many HS kids think a language is an impediment to understanding, like English!

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    rgcviper  about 11 years ago

    As I once saw on Facebook …

    “I am not disturbed, or even perturbed, that you observed your love of ‘blurb’ as a verb.”


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    bluskies  about 11 years ago

    Can if he has a bigger can to can it in!

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    SusanCraig  about 11 years ago

    what I find amazing about communication is the illusion that it actually happens!

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    Puddleglum2  about 11 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49,Humans don’t always react the same way, but they all sin (and I think they all would have done what Adam and Eve did since that was the only thing prohibited at the time), so all need forgiveness through Jesus Christ who is the only one who never sinned, but willingly suffered the penalty for our sins.Occam’s razor – “The simplest answer is often correct.”Simple people often try to correct what isn’t wrong to suit their own fancies.

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    0ldreamer  about 11 years ago

    Why talk at all if you don’t want to be understood?

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    0ldreamer  almost 11 years ago

    Everybody misunderstood the political slogan, “CHANGE”. See what an impediment language can be.

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    Wow 80 comments

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    Romeo2Delta2  over 4 years ago

    “Eventually, we will have restructured the language so that thought crime becomes impossible.” —George Orwell

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