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Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson for May 10, 2012

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    margueritem  over 9 years ago

    Quit being a big brother, Petey.

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    Wallaby  over 9 years ago

    Love it! Especially the differences between what Alice and Petey have in front of them!

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    pouncingtiger  over 9 years ago

    Mini-generation gap.

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    neatslob Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Petey doesn’t eat doughnuts anyway – they have holes in them.

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    William Bednar Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Petey should do well in Geometry. Just look at how he partitions his food on his plate! I’ll wager a very large bet that each food group, however Petey defines a “food group”, is precisely 60 degrees from the other!!

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    GROG Premium Member over 9 years ago

    I’m with you, Petey.

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    DCStark  over 9 years ago

    This is EXACTLY how my daughter talked for years! Every sentence ended with an uprising vocal inflection, sounding like a question. And, oh my, how that girl could talk . . .

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    reese828  over 9 years ago

    Alice is a budding “Valley Girl.” She has the rising inflection at the end of every sentence down pat. All she has to do is interject “like”, “whatever” or “totally” between every few words, and she’ll be proficient in Valspeak.

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    brick10  over 9 years ago

    “There once was a boy named Pierre (Petey),And all he could say was, ‘I don’t care,’”

    In memoriam- Maurice Sendak

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    ajn90280 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Re: Making every sentence a question, I’ve always thought that it’s a cadence that you often hear from very young children, particularly when they’re trying to rattle off a lot of sentences quickly.So when I read today’s strip, I imagined that Alice was speaking like that kid from “Animaniacs” who always had a story to tell about Randy Beaman:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXnMLoE7yak

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    kjs9  over 9 years ago

    The rising statement thing is widespread. I think it’s done in an are-you-with-me-? sorta vein. The kiddies around here do the “and then…and THEN…and THEN..” method combined with the “and then, guess WHAT” interjection.

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    richardcthompson Premium Member over 9 years ago

    This is called “uptalking” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_rising_terminal

    I first heard the word in a comment on my blog – http://richardspooralmanac.blogspot.com/2008/09/oswaldo-twee.html

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    J Quest  over 9 years ago

    I actually found Alice’s account quite riveting. I wonder what kind of doughnut Dill received? Perhaps they prepared one with paste in his honor?

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    mike_slmi  over 9 years ago

    Petey sounds like Pierre. RIP Maurice Sendak

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    lecrenb  over 9 years ago

    Exactly like growing up with my little sister!

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    tazz555  over 9 years ago

    Im with petey on this one? well at least on the part of what must every sentence end with question mark? Its weird? I hate when people do that?

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    Stephen Gilberg  over 9 years ago

    “Zits” covered this first.

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    Popeyesforearm  over 9 years ago

    better finish that scribble on your plate. There are children in Africa starving for scribble. Boy, when we were kids we’d fight over the scribble-gizzard. Good eatin’.

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    Popeyesforearm  over 9 years ago

    Foggy: “That boy makes more noise that a skeleton dancing on a tin roof.”

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    Sisyphos  over 9 years ago

    Sweet Alice? Uptalking? Didn’t know that term? Thanks, Richard!(Feeling like a big, old, Petey.)P.S. Went back in the Blog to read the Oswaldo Twee sequence of strips there (from before I found Cul de Sac here on GoComics). Hilarious; loved red-faced Petey!

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    GregTrail_ImaDillo  over 9 years ago

    Hello, Cul de Sac fans!.I’m currently in the middle of six day tribute to Cul de Sac, being held at the site of my Sherpa strip,I’m a Dillo!  I was very impressed with all of the cartoonists who pitched in for Richard several weeks ago, and I wanted to show my appreciation for Richard Thompson as well..I’ve just uploaded the fourth of six tribute strips.  If you’re at all interested, I would love if you came to check it out!.http://www.gocomics.com/i-m-a-dillo

    -Greg Trail

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    segullah  over 9 years ago

    We Canadians end our sentences with “eh? eh! or eh”…ya gotta have the eh in there and not just a ?.

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    Gokie5  over 9 years ago

    I’ve lived in the deep South some, but people there didn’t say “You know what I’m saying?” I went to school in Buffalo one summer, though, and a young woman from New York City kept saying, “Know what I mean?” She’d keep at it till you told her whether you knew what she meant. Drove me nuts.

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    GregTrail_ImaDillo  over 9 years ago

    I’ve heard that Australians talk like that. I’m not sure if that’s true or not..But anyway, I love this particular strip- it’s fun to see strips that are just funny all the way around and don’t need a specific punchline at the end..And I loved the very first time you used this idea, Richard, about Alice and Oswaldo Twee. (Especially Petey’s face in the last panel!)

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