Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for March 05, 2019


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    Superfrog  about 2 years ago

    Linguistics can be furtive.

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    Dtroutma Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Danae and quirks, hmmmm.

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    santa72404  about 2 years ago

    Ask the furries what the correct term is.

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    peggykb9  about 2 years ago

    I think Danae has already asked Uncle Bob.

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    MaryDyer  about 2 years ago

    Our newspaper recently dropped Non Sequitur due to a tiny “oops” in the corner of a frame. But I MUST have it to keep my mind straight. See you tomorrow! : )

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    WMORAN1  about 2 years ago

    English is funny, but it can be understood through though thought

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    Watcher  about 2 years ago

    The world is full of cultural quirks and just plain quirks. America elected Trump so figure that one out.

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    thelost wizard  about 2 years ago

    If it’s called fur then why are the ones without any call hairless?

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    sandpiper  about 2 years ago

    From what my horse owning friend tell me, horses that live in the wild don’t look shiny and smooth in winter like horses in westerns. Is that due to longer coats?

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    Adiraiju  about 2 years ago

    As someone online put it, “English is three other languages in a trenchcoat that keep stealing stuff from other languages.”

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    Emptypockets51.  about 2 years ago

    Dog hair and cat hair sounds right to me.

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Wouldn’t we humans look wacky if we had fur on our heads!

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member about 2 years ago

    My favorite is FlutterBys became ButterFlies.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Danae needs to get Capt’n Eddie to explain it…

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    bbenoit  about 2 years ago

    Our dog, a party poodle, has hair, which needs trimming. Most dogs have fur, which sheds.

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    DanFlak  about 2 years ago

    And thus the great debate begins between the Hair Party and the Fur Party. You’re either on one side or the other. Let’s Make America Hairy Again.

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    rmercer Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Gimme a head with hair! Long, beautiful hair!…..

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    androgenoide  about 2 years ago

    If stink is to stench as drink is to drench what is the relation between wink and wench?

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    WaitingMan  about 2 years ago

    Analytic philosophy is a hole you do not want to dive into. I know. I’ve tried.

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    Kaputnik  about 2 years ago

    Actually, I thought that was a pretty good answer.

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    loveabulldesign  about 2 years ago

    Actually, hair and fur in dogs are distinct, too—most dogs have hair, while only the double coated breeds have fur (huskies, Malamutes, etc). Horses have hair in a single layer, but they have summer and winter coats—the winter coat actually has hollow, wavy hairs, designed to trap heat, so really, their coat works more like ‘fur’ if we’re considering the dog…and… yeah, linguistics is weird.

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    garcoa  about 2 years ago

    Linguistics or politics? – I would rather discuss the former.

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    tiomax  about 2 years ago

    This doesn’t really answer Danae’s question but concerning cats and dogs: if it’s on the cat or dog it’s usually called fur, off the animal it’s hair. As in “That cat has really soft fur.” and “There’s dog hair all over the couch!” But then we have the fur coat! Ah the English language!

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    Linguist  about 2 years ago

    It’s these types of linguistic anomalies that keep me awake at nights,

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    Snoots  about 2 years ago

    Dwagons haz scales. Hair is irrelevant, because scales is so much superior. Dat said… hair and fur is made of same stuff, but can take different composition. For example, fur of polar bear is hollow, whereas humans is not. The use of “fur” or “hair” is pretty much grammatical, in most cases hair referring to humans and fur referring to other mammals. However, there is “horse hair” bows that comes from tails, and while dogs have fur, we often refer to “the hair of the dog” in relation to drinking. Dolphins are spoken of as having fine, baby-like hair rather than baby-like fur. So like so very many words in the language, context is everything. Otherwise we get ourselves into furry situations. Oh wait, hairy situations. And I’ve never met a man named Furry, but seen lots of guys named… uh… neber mind.

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    Bookworm  about 2 years ago

    Being hirsutely handicapped, I have no opinion on this matter. (Translation: I’m bald. I don’t care one way or the other.)

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    BiathlonNut  about 2 years ago

    Never try to inject logic into a language’s grammar.

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    cabalonrye  about 2 years ago

    It’s quite simple. To be fur it has to be long enough for humans to use as garments. A horse coat is too short for that, so it is hair, not fur.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member about 2 years ago

    Technology is designed. Language just develops.

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    bobdingus  about 2 years ago

    Whatever you call it, with cats there’s always plenty of it around.

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    Dragongourd Premium Member about 2 years ago

    A: Horses have hair and not fur. Although there is no difference between hair and fur, a horse’s coat is called hair because it is not dense enough for humans to use as garments.

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    Seed_drill  about 2 years ago

    But what about Hair of the Dog? “Now You’re Messin’ With a Son of a B____.”

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    pcolli  about 2 years ago

    Fur is soft and fluffy…. hair is coarse.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  about 2 years ago

    I’m confused??!!

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    Ginny Premium Member about 2 years ago

    I’ve always called the covering on my dogs “hair” as it’s made up of easily identifiable pieces and needs periodic trimming. Fur, on the other hand, is so dense that any shedding is not easily seen (i.e., mink) and doesn’t need trimming; and then horses – “horsehair” which doesn’t need trimming, just brushing. … or is it a case of usage depending on where you grew up?

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    Ginny Premium Member about 2 years ago

    p.s. my dog’s hair is soft and fluffy, and is not fur.

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    slbolfing  about 2 years ago

    This is a lot deeper than a lot of people realize! :)

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    bakana  about 2 years ago

    Never try to apply Logic to anything produced by mingling the quirks of several Million Humans as they mash together words taken from at least 6 different languages to create “English”.

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    scguy22  about 2 years ago

    Never heard of cat or dog fur. Cat or dog hair is usually used.

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    pchemcat  about 2 years ago

    Depends on what fur you are talking about. The body fur on a horse is similar to the fur of other animals. The mane and tail structure is more like the structure of human hair. So a horse has both fur and hair. Cats and dogs just have fur, humans just have hair.

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    rob mccallum Premium Member about 2 years ago

    anyone got one of those antique books? I think they were called encyclopedias. I’m sure there is a definitive explanation to be found there from back in the day when facts were printed in an unchangeable format, until they printed a new edition at least.

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