Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 17, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  7 months ago

    As spring approaches, I would like to see some better batters on my favorite baseball team.

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    LeeCox  7 months ago

    Is Pig’s new girlfriend Betty Botter, by any chance?

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    BasilBruce  7 months ago

    Did he stir it with a spoon or a beater?

    Or am I being a baiter?

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  7 months ago

    oh, these tongue twisters

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    Concretionist  7 months ago

    The tongue twister, as I recall it:

    Bitsy Boater bought some butter

    But said she, the butter’s bitter

    If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.

    So she bought some better butter

    And it made her batter better.

    - I practiced this one until I could say it while drunk. I STILL didn’t get any dates! - :(

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    tudza Premium Member 7 months ago

    Well, for once I saw it coming from panel one.

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    pearlsbs  7 months ago

    Betty bought some butter but the butter was bitter. So, Betty bought some better butter to make the bitter butter better. But the bitter butter made the better butter bitter.

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    eromlig  7 months ago

    It’s a good thing he didn’t bite her.

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    ronaldspence  7 months ago

    “Betty Botter bought a bit of butter. “But,” she said, “the butter’s bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But, a bit of better butter will make my batter better.” So, she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter.

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    GROG Premium Member 7 months ago

    I certainly hope not!

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    danketaz Premium Member 7 months ago

    Betty Botter bought some Butter.

    But, said she, My butter’s bitter.

    If I put it in my batter

    It will make my batter bitter.

    But if I buy better butter,

    Better than the bitter butter,

    It will make my batter better.

    So she bought the better butter,

    Better than the bitter butter

    And it made her batter better.

    But her biscuits didn’t sell.

    She went back to bitter butter

    And her biscuits sold like hotcakes.

    You can Buy them at the bakery.

    Ask for them by name.

    Buy Betty Botter’s Better Bitter Butter Batter Biscuits.

    (We’re Beatrice)

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 7 months ago

    This comic was wrote by a bot.

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    Georgette Washington Bunny  7 months ago

    Even Betty Botter groaned when she read this one.

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    baddawg1989  7 months ago

    Yes, it is…and don’t call ’im Shirley. :-D

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    Baarorso  7 months ago

    Can you say that last line three times fast Pig? ;D

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    PICTO  7 months ago

    “Retirement age”…Stephan has to mature before he can retire. The time scale for that to happen is “geological”.

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    Kilby  7 months ago

    For the origin of the rhyme, see:

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    Katsuro Premium Member 7 months ago

    Pretty soon, I expect Pastis will make a strip about a guy who’s homosexual and non-Jewish. (I’ll let y’all figure that one out for yourselves.)

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    Doug K  7 months ago

    Could have been a Dr. Seuss sequel: “The Bitter Butter Battle

    Could such a book be published today?*

    * Bitter – Is it biased against other tastes?

    * Battle – Does it promote or show violence?

    * Butter – What about those who are lactose intolerant?

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    unclebob53703 Premium Member 7 months ago

    From the Bozo the Clown show, circa 1970’s: “Oh Belinda bought some butter but the butter it was bitter, and she put it in her batter and it made her batter bitter, so Belinda bought some better butter, put it in her bitter batter, and it made her bitter batter better.”

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    blunebottle  7 months ago

    Big Black Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.

    So there.

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    Kind&Kinder  7 months ago

    Next time, just use lard!

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    malt09526  7 months ago

    Is her name Betty?

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    LilyGilder  7 months ago

    Not just a baiter but a master baiter

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    Kaputnik  7 months ago

    When Pearls was relatively new, and I bought some of the “treasury” books, Pastis would comment how up and coming cartoonists appreciated it when the old established ones would retire after ten or twenty years. It freed up space in the papers for something new.

    Since this strip brings it up, I wonder if he feels the same way about retirement now that he’s one of the old established ones. I also wonder how many people still have a newspaper as there primary source for the daily comics.

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    jel354  7 months ago

    Rat didn’t botter (bother) to avoid this setup.

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    jkljim  7 months ago

    Don’t call me Shirley

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    Ellis97  7 months ago

    Say that five times fast.

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    T Smith  7 months ago

    It’s a tongue-twister commonly used by actors and voiceover artists to warm up, written by Carolyn Wells and first published in 1899:

    Betty Botter bought a bit of butter;

    “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter!

    If I put it in my batter

    It will make my batter bitter.

    But a bit o’ better butter

    Will make my batter better.”

    Then she bought a bit o’ butter

    Better than the bitter butter,

    Made her bitter batter better.

    So ’twas better Betty Botter

    Bought a bit o’ better butter.

    ..“Beatrice” is a shmuck and that Bozo business is BS.

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    ItsPat  7 months ago

    Did he gamble on the result? The bettor!

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    deojaideep  7 months ago

    Rat should have had a bat in the last frame, he is a good batter when it comes to such puns!!

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    Jeffin Premium Member 7 months ago

    Pastis is already on antisocial security already isn’t he?

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    Call me Ishmael  7 months ago

    Better beware the bugger.

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    diskus Premium Member 7 months ago

    These are the days I miss guard duck and the crocs

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    backyardcowboy  7 months ago

    Hey Rat! Maybe it’s Stephan’s Warranty or Expiration date you’re thinking of.

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    jjbarefoot  7 months ago

    Please don’t retire, Stephan!

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 7 months ago

    As Pooh would say: “Oh, Bother”!

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Jim Davis is in his late 70s and still works on the Garfield strip. Dean Young is in his 80s and still works on Blondie

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    Zebrastripes  7 months ago

    Pigita is bringing the beater to beat the better bitter butter batter!

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    GreenIrishEyes  7 months ago

    Retirement is still far off. And stop calling him “Shirley”.

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    ahnk_2000  7 months ago

    Is his girlfriend’s name Betty Botter?

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    Doglover26  7 months ago

    i am so confused what this strip even means….

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    ksu71  7 months ago

    Does he offer a rebate?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  7 months ago

    That made me smile.

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    Bird friend/squirrel foe  7 months ago

    Did you beet it or bat it?

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    Snowedin  7 months ago

    And don’t call me ‘Shirley’!

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    donwestonmysteries  7 months ago

    Bet you can’t say that three times fast.

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    rorygmw Premium Member 7 months ago

    I bet her name is Betty.

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    Tentoes  7 months ago

    Betty had some bitter butter.Betty had some better butter.Betty mixed the better butter with the bitter butter to make the bitter butter better but the bitter butter made the better butter bitter.

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    smorbie the great and beautiful  7 months ago

    He can’t retire until he can afford to move out of the basket on Stacie’s porch

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    cbstellick  7 months ago

    No, No hints at retirement. We will not speak of this again !!

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    chicagorfv Premium Member 7 months ago

    Growing up in Chicago in the 60’s there was the Burny Brothers Bakery. One of their signature products was butter bread. We used to say “Burny Brothers bakes better butter bread because Burny Brothers uses better butter bread batter.”

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    tank00 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Oh Bother!

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 7 months ago

    The baker puts the butter in the batter when he bakes it.

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    willie_mctell  7 months ago

    Word golf is not an adult pastime.

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    Another Take  7 months ago

    Time to rename this strip “Pickles and Swine”

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    Pgalden1 Premium Member 7 months ago

    A literate alliteration … Bravo!

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    writemom  7 months ago

    Betty bought a bit of butter…

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    WCraft Premium Member 7 months ago

    Bitter butter? Isn’t that also known as margarine?

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    dcp9142  7 months ago

    But a bit of better butter will make the bitter batter better

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    julianhoward  7 months ago

    ‘and the bit of better butter made her bitter batter better’. a little plagerism today.

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    bunrabbit99  7 months ago

    as pooh say, “oh, bother.”

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    dwkiser28603  7 months ago

    Not soon enough Rat

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    falcon_370f  7 months ago

    Try saying that 5 times fast

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    It’s not nice to pick on the old and feeble, Rat. Leave Cartoon-OldMan alone….

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    cromwelljones53  7 months ago

    Hell Yeah!!!! I love the Puns!!

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    flyingfysh Premium Member 7 months ago

    These jokes are badder than ever

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