Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 17, 2020


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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member 12 days ago

    Time to edit Rat out.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 12 days 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  12 days 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  12 days 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  12 days ago

    So a slice of pizza is a pizzum?

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    B UTTONS  12 days 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 12 days 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  12 days ago

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

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    gbars70  12 days ago

    And smoking renders this strip PG-13…

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 12 days 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  12 days ago

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

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    Imaginarium  12 days 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  12 days ago

    Eh, I’d just call it wall painting.

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    Zebrastripes  12 days ago

    Reed Jackson is the Grammar Police..

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    Andrew Sleeth Premium Member 12 days ago

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

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    Acworthless  12 days 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 12 days ago

    and English teachers as well.

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    High School Harry  12 days ago

    Tomorrow Mr Pastis will be sitting in front of an NFL stadium (one allowing some fans to attend, of course) with an empty Starbucks cup and sign that says “Will Cartoon For Food. Anything Helps. God Bless.” Unfortunately, he is upstaged by a shabbily dressed lady six feet away (of course) with a sign that says “Pregnant And Homeless. Please Help”. She’s been there for the last 9 seasons. (Based on a true story :) )

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    Ignatz Premium Member 12 days ago

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

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    diskus Premium Member 12 days ago

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

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    EllisAmirRogersArcher  12 days ago

    How many people work on a strip?

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    Rick Parkhurst  12 days ago

    Mistakes were made!

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    johndifool  12 days ago

    Izzat the same place they keep the Comic Strip Censor?

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    lv2sew  12 days ago

    And how many immediately looked this up? I did.

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    miribunda  12 days ago

    its the same reason you keep your creator in that dark little room rat

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    bsdunek  12 days 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  12 days 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 12 days ago

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

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    dr_suess  12 days 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  12 days ago

    Why are sentient beings SO resistant to learning?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  12 days 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  12 days ago

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

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    dmagoon202ii  12 days ago

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

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    zeexenon  12 days ago

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

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    RogerHughes  12 days ago

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

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    knight1192a  12 days 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 12 days ago

    My life is now complete.

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    Call me Ishmael  12 days 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  12 days 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 11 days ago

    Similarly :→

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    stapelia99  11 days ago

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

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    Michael McKown Premium Member 11 days ago

    I wonder what Reed said about that.

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    NigelRaphael  10 days ago

    That graffiti looks a lot like Timmy Failure.

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    SpongebobPatrickBackwards  9 days ago

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

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