Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 17, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 9 months ago

    Time to edit Rat out.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 9 months ago

    I think a piece of graffiti would be correct usage. Renato? I will consider it over my morning biscotto.

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    marilynnbyerly  9 months ago

    In the book biz, he’s what’s called a copy editor. And we don’t hide them in closets.

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    Concretionist  9 months ago

    I’ve often thought that editors (all the varieties) are unsung heroes. I’ve done a bit of copy-editing at an online story site. It’s a LOT of twitchy little detail work, and though the authors mostly claim they want it done, they mostly seem to appreciate it more the less you find for them to correct…

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    BasilBruce  9 months ago

    So a slice of pizza is a pizzum?

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    B UTTONS  9 months ago

    Grammatical and word use editing was traditionally performed by the copy editors.

    Modern journalism has nearly made that job extinct, cutting the copy editors out to save a buck.

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    awgiedawgie Premium Member 9 months ago

    The English word “graffiti” is singular or plural. If the editor were editing in Italian, then he’d have a valid point. The word “graffito” in English is rarely used outside of archaeological writings.

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    Caldonia  9 months ago

    He’s so pedantic he should be making comments on the internet.

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    gbars70  9 months ago

    And smoking renders this strip PG-13…

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 9 months ago

    Ironically, his unhealthy habit produces fumetti (little puffs of smoke) which in comics jargon can also mean speech balloons.

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    hariseldon59  9 months ago

    “Data” is another noun that’s plural (datum being the singular), but many people still treat it as singular.

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    Breadboard  9 months ago

    Even for a person kept in a dark little room Rat still found a way to be a pain in the butt …. Croc Power !

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    Gent  9 months ago

    Eh, I’d just call it wall painting.

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    Zebrastripes  9 months ago

    Reed Jackson is the Grammar Police..

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 9 months ago

    Ahh, so Pastis defaces public property in his spare time, eh.

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    Acworthless  9 months ago

    At least you still have an editor. Many things published nowadays don’t, and it shows.

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    jessie d. Premium Member 9 months ago

    and English teachers as well.

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    Ignatz Premium Member 9 months ago

    I enjoy working the word “spaghetto” into a conversation.

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    diskus Premium Member 9 months ago

    Is he the one who fired guard duck and the crocs?

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    Ellis97  9 months ago

    How many people work on a strip?

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    Rick Parkhurst  9 months ago

    Mistakes were made!

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    johndifool  9 months ago

    Izzat the same place they keep the Comic Strip Censor?

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    lv2sew  9 months ago

    And how many immediately looked this up? I did.

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    bsdunek  9 months ago

    Criticize all you want, the poor English today really bugs me. I like to know what is correct. If I have only one Martini, is that a Martinis?

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    Sisyphos  9 months ago

    Rat is wrong! Rat is wrong!

    Keep Rat in a dark little room!

    All hail, Reed Jackson, mighty Editor! A.k.a. Redbeard the Pirate.

    (Don’t be snide, Cartoon-Boy. Clear up your own spelling and grammar. YiaYia says to do it!)

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    Mighty Phavahg Premium Member 9 months ago

    Editors must correct your errors. You have so many, too. ….must correct…..

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    dr_suess  9 months ago

    I am going to admit to being a dick about the singluar/ plural of criterion and criteria … but only in a work setting with people who should know better.

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    KEA  9 months ago

    Why are sentient beings SO resistant to learning?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  9 months ago

    This is an example of an incorrect version of a word becoming ‘common usage’. At least this wasn’t a pun strip, since this follows the usual structure for those.

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    Bilan  9 months ago

    We always use the word graffiti because there’s never just one.

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    dmagoon202ii  9 months ago

    Will there ever be a word invented(?) for the singular of “cattle”?

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    zeexenon  9 months ago

    A smoker with a paunch and balding - he won’t be around long. Not to worry.

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    RogerHughes  9 months ago

    As someone who’s studying to be a video editor, I feel that.

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    knight1192a  9 months ago

    Wow, had to look that up. Who knew. I mean that’s really obscure, I mean virtually everyone uses graffiti as both singular and plural.

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    Andylit Premium Member 9 months ago

    My life is now complete.

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    Call me Ishmael  9 months ago

    As irksome as any mosquito/ (though less so than Sammy Alito)/ is the picker of nit/ who presumes to sit/ in judgement of Pastis’ graffito…

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    Ray  9 months ago

    Rat is correct. If he had said “Check out this grafitti, Reed.” he would be wrong. Because he said this “piece of grafitti” he was referring to one item out of a larger group – perhaps all the grafitti on that particular street. Send Reed back to his dark, little room.

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    janiceg Premium Member 9 months ago

    Similarly :→

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    stapelia99  9 months ago

    I think Rat once said ‘alright’ which is ALL WRONG!

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    Michael McKown Premium Member 9 months ago

    I wonder what Reed said about that.

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    NigelRaphael  9 months ago

    That graffiti looks a lot like Timmy Failure.

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    SpongebobPatrickBackwards  9 months ago

    Hey, look its Timmy Failure. Pastis’ other cartoon.

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    NeilCopeland  3 months ago

    A piece of graffiti – correct.

    A graffito – correct, but pretentious.

    A graffiti – wrong now, but may be standard later.

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