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  1. 9 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    My favorite of her lines, because of the acid way it was delivered in “Beyond the Forest” was “What a dump!” A simple and not rare comment, but when emphatically uttered by La Davis… Wow.

  2. 9 months ago on Lio

    The detail I really like…

    Those “hedgehog” barriers made of barbed wire and crossed logs. Or crossed twigs, in this case. Seems grisly that leaves would erect a barrier made out of the severed limbs of trees

  3. 9 months ago on Luann

    You quote the character as saying “Socks.” Interestingly, spelling this out loud in English sounds like an actual colloquial and idiomatic Spanish phrase.

    S-O-C-K-S = eso si que es

    Being an idiomatic expression it can’t be translated into English word for word, but the meaning conveyed is roughly “that’s it” or “that is what it is” or “that’s reality” or “it is what it is.”

    There’s an old story that an American who speaks basically zero Spanish is trying to tell a Mexican shop proprietor that he wants to buy a pair of socks. Illogically, some Americans are known to act as if speaking louder or spelling the word out in English will make the Spanish speaker understand us. So the shopkeeper keeps showing items to the gringo, such as a comb. Frustrated, the American says “S-O-C-K-S” so the shop guy puts the item in a shopping basket. He also shows him a can of shaving cream, and the American raises his voice, “S-O-C-K-S!” The same follows with multiple items, and when the shopkeeper hands the basket full of items to the tourist, the American rudely thrusts the basket back and stalks out of the shop. And neither of them has any idea why there was a misunderstanding.

  4. 9 months ago on Luann

    I don’t remember the exchange you mention.

  5. 9 months ago on Luann

    I am asserting nothing about Axel, just pointing out possibilities. We have precious few bits of evidence about his actual character or motivations for the way he acts… or even acts out.

  6. 9 months ago on Luann

    Yes, I’m certain that’s what it is.

  7. 9 months ago on Luann

    Precisely. There must be dozens of explanations that don’t include Luann monitoring her wrist watch.

  8. 9 months ago on Luann

    But don’t you know that Luann is not only stupid but hateful and mean? That Axel is worthless? That Fay is a freak? At least, that’s what some of our fellow commenters have said over the course of the Fay/Luann/Axel subplot. And I just noticed that at least one has just showed up to beat the same old dead horse, that perverse notion of how horrible Luann is

  9. 9 months ago on Luann

    In the DC Comics there are creatures called “rhyming demons” who are pretty much unable to speak except in rhyme. Etrigan is the one we’ve seen most, and it’s fun to see how the writers come up with things for him to say that actually make sense but also rhyme. I enjoyed the imagined rhyming conversation posted here. It works, and requires a disciplined kind of creativity to make it work. And a funny punchline too.

  10. 9 months ago on Luann

    Yeah, what he said.