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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 30, 2014

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    finale  over 7 years ago

    Willy sits atop Mt. Proper.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 7 years ago

    Little Willy, go home.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 7 years ago

    BTW, this strip didn’t appear in the Washington Post; a strip from 2008 was run in its place.:What are the editors afraid of?

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    Bilan  over 7 years ago

    Both Goat and Rat agree on this one.So it must be politically correct.

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    BRI-NO-MITE!! Premium Member over 7 years ago

    There always changing the polysyllabic euphemisms.I hate people who call a spade a “manually-operated excavating implement”.

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    Michael McGinnis Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Goat should have seen this coming: if you “behold” you’re going to get stung.

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    KZ71  over 7 years ago

    Does he do online grammar/spelling corrections too?

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    rshive  over 7 years ago

    Height-challenged has a nice ring to it.

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    BillWa  over 7 years ago

    Seems pretty BOSSY to me.bite me michelle.

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    Reppr  over 7 years ago

    “Don’t be smartless” or shirtless {unless you are a farm animal).

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    dadoctah  over 7 years ago

    There are kids now in high school who have been brought up to believe that “stupid” and “shut up” are swear words right up there with George Carlin’s list of seven.

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    Sisyphos  over 7 years ago

    Ahh; Willy the Smartless Word Decider! Just another PC guru preaching from on high. Fie!Don’t be smartless, kiddies! Down with Willy!

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    WCLamb  over 7 years ago

    Political Correctness = 1984’s “Doublespeak”

    It’s high time to eliminate it… and prosecute anyone who perpetuates it!

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    WCLamb  over 7 years ago

    There is nothing in our Bill of Rights that says you have the right to NOT be offended. It’s probably the root cause of the tearing of the fabric of society.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Instead of compelling others to remove themselves from common reality to keep him company in isolation from it, wouldn’t it be less smartless for Willy to just come down from his superiority complex and join the human race?

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    chabias  over 7 years ago

    Reminds me of old ailments that got new names (made up diseases) along with commercials for the new drugs to fix them. Ask your doctor if this pill is right for you.

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    cbaskin  over 7 years ago

    Would this guy’s full name be “Willy Nilly”?

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    Constantinepaleologos  over 7 years ago

    Willy’s next task is to ban bossy.

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    Raygun  over 7 years ago

    I think Stephan should have put “Don’t be a smartless” (as in smartass) but I bet the censors would have nixed that.

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    uniquename  over 7 years ago

    I was hoping Rat would tip the desk down the side of the mountain. It looks like it’s balancing a bit precariously there.

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    WaitingMan  over 7 years ago

    You never hear politicians talking about hunger in America anymore. What we have now is “food insecurity”.

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    Mark Tretter  over 7 years ago

    It’s no longer “illegal aliens”, it’s “Undocumented Democrats”!!

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    sarah413 Premium Member over 7 years ago

    @rshive, I much prefer vertically challenged. Add to the list horizontally challenged and folically (sp.?) challenged.

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    calliopejane  over 7 years ago

    Not ALL of what people call political correctness is bad. Some of it reflects positive social realities, like no longer dividing jobs into “men’s jobs” and “women’s jobs.” Thus “policeman” becomes “police officer.” This is a good thing.

    And some of it is simple politeness: call people what they wish to be called, not a name they have told you is insulting. That is just basic good manners. A lot of people who complain about “political correctness” are simply complaining about the horrible burden of having to think of other people’s feelings and not be a rude a-hole. I have no sympathy for them.

    But then there are certainly the ridiculous terms that are often intended to obscure real meaning — I think my favorite was hearing a hospital talking about “negative patient outcomes” rather than “deaths.” Really?

    In all communication, context matters.

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    A_NY_Outlaw  over 7 years ago

    I agree….time to do something about Willy.

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    Oggi  over 7 years ago

    Willy must be related to Gwyneth Paltrow. She made up a new term for divorcing – “Conscious Uncoupling”. eye roll

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    Ermine Notyours  over 7 years ago

    Pastis: your Willie is showing.

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    Ermine Notyours  over 7 years ago

    And don’t call them stewardesses. They’re “trolley dollies.”

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    milhouse.vh  over 7 years ago

    @WaitingMan, that’s because there is no hunger in America. “Food insecurity” means that a person never actually goes hungry, but doesn’t know from one day to the next where his meals will be coming from. That’s stressful and distressing, but a far cry from hunger. People who know actual hunger would be delighted to merely be insecure about their food supply.

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    celeconecca Premium Member over 7 years ago

    Little Willy, Willy won’t go homeBut you can’t push Willy round, Willy won’t goTry tellin’ everybody but, oh noLittle Willy, Willy won’t go home

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    milhouse.vh  over 7 years ago

    @calliopejane, nobody has the right to dictate what other people call him. Just because you wake up one morning and decide to take offense at what people call you is no reason for them to change their language. If you choose to feel offended, go right ahead; you have nobody to blame but yourself.

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    Number Three  over 7 years ago

    “Smartless” describes Rat perfectly!xxx

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    susan.e.a.c  over 7 years ago

    Reminds me when he local disabled aid group changed their name to community living. Disabled people who moved to the city never knew for years there was an aid group for them in town. Many still don’t.

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    the lost wizard  over 7 years ago

    Dead on. Or should I say unliving.

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    Radical-Knight  over 7 years ago

    And this is what ex-lawyers do… this or become congressmen.

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    knight1192a  over 7 years ago

    Smartless sounds like it comes from someone stupid who has fooled enough of the population into giving him a position he does not deserve to be in. And he fooled them again into letting him keep that position.

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    fltflyer Premium Member over 7 years ago

    And I’d be doing that Willy Nilly!

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    lakita_lover  over 7 years ago

    I don’t see why anyone would think gender neutral job titles are stupid.

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    claire de la lune.  over 7 years ago

    i don’t think short people would be offended by this, since stephan has done multiple strips about short people without angering anyone.that said, i’m not sure why the washington post nixed this strip. i never found “midget” to be a derogatory word.oh well.

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    claire de la lune.  over 7 years ago

    70.

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    jackproarty  over 3 years ago

    I still say midget and secretary.

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    EvanDaGenius (quincy's great grandmother)  10 months ago

    Maybe they thought the strip was to smartless.

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    LilPeruna  8 months ago

    Regardless of one’s opinion of the language changing over time, I’m at least familiar with all the before and after ‘terms’ used in this strip, save……SMARTLESS?? I’ve never heard that word used before. Was it invented for this strip?

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    CesarSantos  3 months ago

    Little person sounds so childish…

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