Frazz by Jef Mallett for May 12, 2023

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    pschearer Premium Member 10 months ago

    “Cherry” was originally a plural-sounding singular too, still surviving as “cherise”.

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    MeanBob Premium Member 10 months ago

    It’s also Kerb and Catalogue, But given they’re meant to be in Minnestoa or Wiconsin, shouldn’t Frazz be using Norsk or Swensk comparisons?

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    Sanspareil  10 months ago

    I was good at maths!

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    Bilan  10 months ago

    Don’t mean to ruin this by being literal, but a pea is a single legume, while a corn is whole ear of kernels.

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    Doug K  10 months ago

    If you say that you eat pea, I’d say that urine in trouble by the sound of it.

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    Erse IS better  10 months ago

    England and the US: Two nations divided by a common language.

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    Meg: All Seriousness Aside  10 months ago

    And why is it panties and a bra?

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    Gandalf  10 months ago

    Yes, he should get with the programme…

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    Armitage72  10 months ago

    “Pease porridge hot. Pease porridge cold. Pease porridge in the pot. Nine days old.”

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    Twelve Badgers in a Suit Premium Member 10 months ago

    Etymology is fun.

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    jcwrocks69  10 months ago

    I always roll my eyes every time a Brit calls the fenders on a car “wings”.

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    Jhony-Yermo  10 months ago

    So THAT is where the rhyme, PEASE PORRIDGE came from. “Pea Porridge” (Pea Pudding)“Pease Porridge Hot” or “Pease Pudding Hot” is a children’s singing game and nursery rhyme.Pease Porridge hotPease Porridge coldPease Porridge in the pot, nine days old.

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    6odc2pemgb55  10 months ago

    Butter’d pease.

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    DM2860  10 months ago

    Corns are on your feet and it would be disgusting to eat them.

    Corn used to be used to mean grain and usually the main grain crop in the region, and still is in some areas. And grains is usually only used when referring to a variety of grains and not just for a conglomeration of a single type of grain.

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    sloaches  10 months ago

    I have been collecting vinyl records for 40-some years now, and have noticed that with the recent resurgence of record buying some people have started calling them “vinyls”. Not sure how or why it started.

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    ilovecomics*infinity  10 months ago

    I just heard this about “pease” on a podcast about a week ago. Took 35+ years to learn it and then twice in a week!

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  10 months ago

    I find corn to be a-maize-ing.

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    sandpiper  10 months ago

    Child is correct. Human nature being what it is, a few of us remember the ‘oddments’ of language better than the formality of math.

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    Rhetorical_Question   10 months ago

    Amazing for a songwriter?

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    The Orange Mailman  10 months ago

    Look around you. How tall is Imhotep?

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    AndrewSihler  10 months ago

    By late Middle English, pease was both singular and plural, like deer, sheep and species. It couldn’t be reinterpreted as a plural until the sibilant plural marker became voiced, i.e. /z/ and /ǝz/. Earlier, voiceless, it was possible for richesse (from French) to be taken for a plural, hence modern riches. Old plurals that were reinterpreted as singulars retained the voiceless form, /s/, as in bodice and truce; curiously, a couple of words that remained “plural” functionally nevertheless retained /s/, as pence and dice

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    dcp9142  10 months ago

    In the original Greek, “math” was “learning”, “mathetai” was “to learn”

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    Bruce1253  10 months ago

    Since no one has said it so far, I guess its up to me, “Pray for Whorled Peas.”

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    MT Wallet   10 months ago

    I’m not reading all the comments, but while we say “Sports”, Richard on “Keeping Up Appearances” (British) was reading the paper and the section front said “Sport”.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member 10 months ago

    “Maths” has the s because it’s short for “MATHematicS”. C. S. Lewis was of the opinion that “physics” will become “physic” as soon as the old meaning of “physic” (drug, which is why a doctor is called a “physician”) is totally forgotten.

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    Uncle Bob  10 months ago

    “England are ahead!”

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    Linda Schweiner Premium Member 10 months ago

    The best song EVER about peas! (Of course, it’s British.)

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    Lambutts  10 months ago

    In “debt” the b is silent and the t is pronunced, but add a “u” and in debut the b is pronounced but the b is not. Add an “ed” and debuted is pronounced “day-BYOOD” when it should be “deebutted.” And to think English was my Mayjer in kollig.

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