Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 04, 2011
Stephan: This guys complaining to the newspaper about the amount of swearing in our comic strip. Pig: What did we say? Stephan: Rat called someone a '@*#&#*@ idiot'. Rat: That's not swearing. Stephan: How do you figure? Rat: '@*#&#*@' means 'lovable'. I just use the squiggles because I'm embarrassed to use the 'L' word. Stephan: So you were just calling someone a 'Lovable idiot'? Rat: Of course. What did the reader think '@*$#*@' meant? *psst psst* Rat: If you'll excuse me. I'll be washing out my virgin ears and weeping. Pig: Want to hold my @*#&#*@ teddy bear?