Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson for June 20, 2014

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    Jmodene1701  over 8 years ago

    Not to mention the plural of a computer mouse.

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 8 years ago

    You must know the Olsen twins’ song “One Buffalo, Two Buffali.” If not, then look for it on YouTube.

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    Simon_Jester  over 8 years ago

    Two Jacki….

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    eddi_tbh  over 8 years ago

    Behold the English language. You will never see a more wretched collection of “randomly thrown together to see what sticks” rules, suggestions, implied purposes and just plain misunderstood definitions anywhere else on the planet. A thousand years from now, linguists will be sobbing and tearing their hair out trying to read the works Henry Miller, James Joyce and Theodor Seuss Geisel.

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    Nebulous Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Not to mention Man’s laughter.

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    ckcsmum Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Why does a shipment go by car and a cargo go by ship?

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    PMark  over 8 years ago

    Why does ‘cave’, ‘Dave’, ‘gave’, ‘save’, and ‘wave’ all rhyme but ‘have’ does not?

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    PMark  over 8 years ago

    Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?

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    PMark  over 8 years ago

    If ‘brethren’ is another word for brothers, why isn’t ‘sistren’ another word for sisters?

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    Q4horse  over 8 years ago

    Summer is for riding, not asking silly questions.

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    Stellagal  over 8 years ago

    I’m still trying to understand why we call daughters “Daw-ters” and not “Daff-ters”.

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    WaitingMan  over 8 years ago

    Why is Madison Square Garden round?

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    DDrazen  over 8 years ago

    As the George Carlin auditions continue….

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    Piksea Premium Member over 8 years ago

    When my niece was 2 she got a cut and learned what blood was. For a while afterward, she was convinced that in the present tense you were blooding and in the past tense, you blooded.

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    Comic Minister Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Agreed Phoebe.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member over 8 years ago

    The actual reason is that in Old English and Middle English, the words “laugh” and “cough” were quite different; they wore down to resemble each other in Modern English, but “laugh” had already given birth to “laughter”.

    Same basic idea for the “daughter” question. This is why God gave us the Oxford English Dictionary; all other dictionaries are kiddy toys.

    As to Madison Square Garden, you’re parsing it wrong. The current building is the latest of a series of buildings by that name in New York, and the original one was located on—ta-da!—Madison Square. So it’s “the garden that is [or used to be] on Madison Square”, not “the square garden named ‘Madison’”.

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    bopard  over 8 years ago

    Welllll, we’ve got an OED , and net links to The Lexicon on every floor my bldg. It’s saved my behind many a time.

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    nailer Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Feel the need to do a meme with that close-up in the third panel.

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    Stephen Gilberg  over 8 years ago

    Why isn’t “slaugh” the verb form of “slaughter”?

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    reynard61  over 8 years ago

    One tooth.Two teeth.

    One telephone booth.Two telephone beeth?

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    ColonelClaus  over 8 years ago

    I still wanna know why Theatre in the round is performed in a rectangular room

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    docopenhaver  over 8 years ago

    “Antique” and “barbeque” are two I find rather annoying. You can see why English is considered to be a difficult-to-learn language. There seem to be more exceptions than rules!

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    Khatkhattu Premium Member over 8 years ago

    If all of the respondents to this strip breathe a very deep breath also known as a sigh, could the sound we (imagine we) hear be called sighter? (Not to be confused with the person fixing his/her gaze on a distant object).

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    dogday Premium Member over 8 years ago

    ….and is one of my favorite pursuits. If knowledge is power, and if words have power, then the knowledge of words and how to use them is invaluable!

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    Xaa  over 8 years ago

    Answer: Because “laugh” entered the English language from German, while “cough” entered the language from Dutch. Two different origins, and two different resulting conjugations of the word after it passed through Old English.

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    John W Kennedy Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Johnson’s dictionary was a good beginning, and the best available at the time, but it’s been out of date, both in terms of its learning and in terms of its subject matter, since Jane Austen’s day. Here’s a riddle for you: how is the spelling of the word “knight” related to the spelling of the Scottish name “Culzean”?

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    reynard61  over 8 years ago

    @ Mochipants: Heh! I see what you did there!

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    Rainbow Sprinkles  almost 2 years ago

    “So just your parents, then” brought on a laughing fit.

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