Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 20, 2015

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 8 years ago

    Here, Pig, I hope this helps:.meta

    A term, especially in art, used to characterize something that is characteristically self-referential.

    “So I just saw this film about these people making a movie, and the movie they were making was about the film industry…” “Dude, that’s so meta. Stop before my brain explodes.”

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    Sherlock Watson  almost 8 years ago

    Stephan never meta pun he didn’t like.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    What’s a metaphor?It’s a place for sheep to graze.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    And where do virtual Indians live?In an online reservation.

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    Templo S.U.D.  almost 8 years ago

    Quit while you’re ahead, Stephan.

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    wiselad  almost 8 years ago

    Met a Meta Metaphor for four?

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    dadoctah  almost 8 years ago

    “A man’s reach must exceed his grasp, or what’s a metaphor.” — Marshall McLuhan (what’re you doin’?)

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Me, I never metaphor-panel pun I didn’t like.

    This one is only three… but it’s meta…and I never meta meta-pun before…So I’ll letta meta setta panels slide.

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    Bilan  almost 8 years ago

    What’s a metaphor?To catch a basa balla.

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    jackhs  almost 8 years ago

    I’d rather be one who metaten.

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    BTW… much as I love this strip….Pearls Before Swine began in 2002.

    Puns have been around since way before Roman times….

    (or even Times New Roman.)

    Groucho made puns on television in the early 1950’s, The comic strip Frank n’ Ernest, which started in 1972, makes horrible ones almost every day.

    Not everyone who writes puns is Pastis… or imitates Pastis or steals from Pastis.Let us put those accusations Pastis… er…. Pastus….

    Some of us are just afflicted.Have some sympathy!

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    awgiedawgie Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Where’s Rat’s baseball bat when he needs it?

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    SmokedLamb  almost 8 years ago

    I’m So Meta, Even This Acronym

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    Sisyphos  almost 8 years ago

    Rat hat Recht!STOP this insanity now!

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    phylum  almost 8 years ago

    fuzzy wuzzy was a bear..fuzzy wuzzy had no hair..fuzzy wuzzy was not really fuzzy wuzzy…oldie but goodie

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    Kaputnik  almost 8 years ago

    Meh. Ta!

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    mammamoonbeam  almost 8 years ago

    I’m with Rat! Stop Pastis before he puns again!

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    whiteheron  almost 8 years ago

    I don’t know what’s the meta with me.

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    puddlesplatt  almost 8 years ago

    at last the end, has come

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    puddlesplatt  almost 8 years ago

    at last the end, has come!

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    @Susan Sunshine—Here’s one of the ignoblest Roman puns of them all:

    BRUTUS—Julius, is it true you ate a dozen hot dogs at yesterday’s Coliseum games?

    JULIUS—No, I only et two, Brute.

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    grampianlothian  almost 8 years ago

    oh dear

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    Ermine Notyours  almost 8 years ago

    Pastis’ new superhero comic: The Meta 4.

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    damifid0  almost 8 years ago

    ‘Like’. :) Peace.

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    Saddenedby Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    i met a fourwho had a doorthat when you enteredyou became centeredand when you returnedyou were mentally burnedfor your thoughts were explainedto the emotional painof all who could see you

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    usarmybrat Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Stephan, I hope you never run out of ideas! Laughing out loud is a great way to start one’s day.

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    ambassadorstt  almost 8 years ago

    Metafor: meta two plus two.

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    belgarathmth  almost 8 years ago

    LOL – I always wonder how students of English as a second language do with these things, especially if you read them out loud.

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    hippogriff  almost 8 years ago

    Prof’s hubbie: If you are not a ship owner, not enough to survive, drachmas or euros.

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    Kind&Kinder  almost 8 years ago

    I agree. Rat’s explosive, wide-eyed panic made me laugh for a full minute or two.

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    abbybookcase  almost 8 years ago

    meta references entertain me. once saw a porn movie with some. i was hysterical

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member almost 8 years ago

    Your citation regarding sarcasm and wit is attributed to Oscar Wilde, but has never been verified in any of his writings. The comment I referenced about the pun is from Samuel Johnson, who took Shakespeare to task for his use of the form, saying it had some “malignant power” over the bard’s mind. So, both those notions are out and about in the world,

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    comics4ron  almost 8 years ago

    Nothing matters about the metas.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 8 years ago

    Thank you, Rat (for once!).

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    debdessaso  almost 8 years ago

    This column should be required reading in every English class in America from K-12 through college!

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    LOAFY  over 2 years ago

    This strip tends to be pretty meta

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