Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 10, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  7 months ago

    Or Stephan Pastis — a well educated lawyer — could just spell correctly.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 7 months ago

    This Greg seems to be a little bit pedant.

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    BasilBruce  7 months ago

    Everything is alright, uptight, out of sight.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 7 months ago

    I wondered why spellcheck was objecting to “alright”. I grew up with it being OK. Also cannot as one word now gets kicked out.

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    baddawg1989  7 months ago

    [Ace Ventura voice] Well, alrighty, then!

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    sirbadger  7 months ago

    Some parties embrace the decline of western civilization.

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    Imagine  7 months ago

    Either is better than alt-right.

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    Concretionist  7 months ago

    What’s Greg’s opinion of the oxford comma?

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    David McElroy  7 months ago

    As a former newspaper editor who’s constantly muttering about AP style as I read horrible newspaper writing these days, this hits far too close to home to be entirely funny. ;-)

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    Robin Harwood  7 months ago

    Two minutes spent reading the semi-literate drivel published on the internet shows that Western Civilization is lost.

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    Caldonia  7 months ago

    Pastis is more irritated than I could’ve imagined, by whatever pedantic freak it was who corrected him! It’s making me nervous!

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    nosirrom  7 months ago

    Ofcourse he’s not fun at parties. ;-)

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    Baarorso  7 months ago

    Something tells me he’s more of a GRAMMAR NAZI rather than a GRAMMARIAN ;/

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    ronaldspence  7 months ago

    For a second I thought Greg said “alt right” and it made me nervous…

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    blunebottle  7 months ago

    This guy must be one of the regular commenters on GoComics.

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    dadoctah  7 months ago

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a grammarian eat?

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    My Grandma was not much of a Grammarian!

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    Wasa Bista  7 months ago

    Irregardless, the thing of it is, is that Pig doesn’t talk good.

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    gopher gofer  7 months ago

    “alright” must be alright because people use it alover the place all ready…

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    MathProf2  7 months ago

    Well, anyway, not that much fun.

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    Gent  7 months ago

    I is goings to talk Englees the way I wants. We is not their colony anymore. What cha gonna does, grammarian?

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    GROG Premium Member 7 months ago

    Lock him up and throw away the key.

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    Orcatime  7 months ago

    He doesn’t seem to be that fun in society either!

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    Doug K  7 months ago

    Okay. All right already.

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    Adam-Stone(Soup)  7 months ago

    Even I as a writer and editor have to concur with “Greg the Grammarian” if he chooses to abide by a “stylebook” set forth by “A.P.” if “A.P.” is an abbreviation for Associated Press and “Greg” really is in essence referring to a style guide.There are many style guides that are used in writing, e.g. the Chicago Book of Styles is one major example, for writers and editors. However, each industry, if not companies and publishing houses, may have their own publishing style guides.So, if I choose to say that Stephan Pastis is alright with this comic or that everything I see in every Pearls Before Swine comic is “all right” then I am correct in using both selections since I am inferring two different concepts.

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    I’m hoping for an encounter of Greg the Grammarian and the Comic Strip Censor. That could be a fun party to watch.

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    bullpunky  7 months ago

    Matthew McConaughey may want to weigh in here.

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    MS72  7 months ago

    I hate the AP. They think they’re so smart. Explainers. Fact Checks. Capitalizing ‘black’.

    They must think we’re stupid.

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    Ichabod Ferguson  7 months ago

    That’s alwrong.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 7 months ago

    The spoken language is the correct basis of a language, the written is out of date if it is so called grammatically correct.

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    zwilnik64  7 months ago

    Pretty clever getting the spelling from vocalization.

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    ChristineMurphy  7 months ago

    I identify with Greg more every strip.

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    walstib  7 months ago

    Lennon was such a great lyricist – “Revolution”: ♪ Don’t you know it’s gonna be (all right) All, all, all, all, all, all, all, all, all, all, all right All right, all right, all right, all right, all right ♪

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    elbow macaroni  7 months ago

    Celebrating ignorance.

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    ksu71  7 months ago

    If Greg the Grammarian got in a car wreck and lost his left leg and left arm and left eye, would he be all right or alright?

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    Mighty Phavahg  7 months ago

    The AP manual can’t spell.

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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  7 months ago

    I keep a copy of Elements of Style beside my comics computer so I can pick apart all the bad grammer.

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    Ellis97  7 months ago

    He’s not fun anywhere.

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    LOAFY  7 months ago

    The key word here is stylebook. It’s an interpretation of the rules and it’s not the only one.

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    phoenix  7 months ago

    Yeah, “alright” makes me grit my teeth. My dentist loves me.

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    jel354  7 months ago

    …and they thought the Censor was annoying.

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    Ukko wilko  7 months ago

    Keep him locked in the basement.

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    VICTOR PROULX  7 months ago

    Alright was in Webster’s collegiate dictionary, 7th addition, 1963

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    Bucinka  7 months ago

    Um, we use CMoS….

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    Ukko wilko  7 months ago

    Actually, writers for our local news outlets are sadly in need of his services.

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    Michael G.  7 months ago

    From Merriam-Webster: “Although the spelling ‘alright’ is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing.”

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    anomalous4  7 months ago

    I’m with Greg. “Alright” is an abomination. So sue me. 8-)

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    LeeYoung Premium Member 7 months ago

    TBH, Rat isn’t that much fun at parties, either. Maybe he should be locked up, too?

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    lms1231  7 months ago

    Please, we need more Grammarian!!!

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    willie_mctell  7 months ago

    Greg’s right on that one.

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    rshive  7 months ago

    Greg is where he belongs.

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    randy.m.wagner  7 months ago

    Are they serving pizza in that basement?

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    The Brooklyn Accent  7 months ago

    Don’t worry about it, Rat (or Pastis). Write what you feel like writing, and then give Greg a red pen and let him mark up the speech balloons. Someone else will apply the corrections before we go to press.

    Relying on writers to copyedit their own writing is not a wise practice.

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    tripwire45  7 months ago

    Yep, Steph was “corrected” by someone alright. Or is that “all right?”

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    Spence12 Premium Member 7 months ago

    It also signals the end of civilization if you read “stop the strip” as “shtop the shtrip”. That one’s been bugging me.

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    FredWaiss  7 months ago

    He may not be fun at parties, but at least he’s a part of the funnies.

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    mfrasca  7 months ago

    Do they have Ignatius J. Reilly locked up down there?

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    stamps  7 months ago

    What’s amazing is that he can hear how the words are spelled.

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    zeexenon  7 months ago

    OMG, still the same BS I had to go through at Bell Telephone Laboratories to get my Electronic Switching System Program Description printed for Central Office distribution to be ignored. And me with only 15 college credits of English. And they translated it to unreadable 1700s Old English. Thanks a lot Geoffrey Chaucer!

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    withaG43  7 months ago

    I’m all right with alright, but the one that really annoys me is “a whole nother” To me it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard!

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    DCBakerEsq  7 months ago

    Alrighty then.

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    WaltWenger Premium Member 7 months ago

    Hey, you kids! Get out of my hovel!

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    Pgalden1 Premium Member 7 months ago

    Love this comic strip

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    dpatrickryan Premium Member 7 months ago

    I gotta agree with Greg on this one: that particular abuse of the language sends me into a tizzy.

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    Neil59  7 months ago

    I like Greg’s attitude! He is right.

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    JPuzzleWhiz  7 months ago

    Try telling that to these guys:

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    logantheguy  7 months ago

    Is it weird how the crocs haven’t been in the strip for almost a month?

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    oakie817  7 months ago

    well, he has a point

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    TïmEmm  7 months ago

    THE A.P. Stylebook.

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    AndrewSihler  7 months ago

    Again, not “grammar”. It’s spelling, and a press style sheet is not a grammar authority, it’s in the sphere of private enterprise managing their own affairs. Anyone else is free to follow its dictates, of course, which doesn’t change anything.

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    WilliamDoerfler  7 months ago

    Every dictionary recognizes alright. Am I more funner?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  7 months ago

    I’m not great about bad grammar myself, even if I’m not up to this guy’s level. I think this dude makes Rat look like the late Bob Ross.

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    PuppyPapa  7 months ago

    Never forsake the Oxford Comma.

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    knight1192a  7 months ago

    Shove it Greg.

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    EileenPatriciaBruce  7 months ago

    I actually have an AP Style book somewhere from college days.

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    Publius10608218  7 months ago

    I can never be sure which style I’m supposed to use for my different classes. Especially when they tack on numbers.

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    Daeder  7 months ago

    Greg the grammarian would also point out that he’s asocial not antisocial.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  7 months ago

    Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; those who can’t teach, police grammar on the Internet

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    Well, now, laddies, that’s all right!

    Feeling proud to be a veteran member of the Grammar Police, all right?

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    jbruins84341  7 months ago

    For more on this, see the Pearls strip from July 19, 2013.

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    Themanofoor54  7 months ago

    I’m a grammar nerd and i dont dwell in a hole lol

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    andrew.scharnhorst  7 months ago

    Greg is correct. I have a copy of that book.

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