Laughter and books make life a little easier

Taking words literally

I love words. I’d speak about them all day. I’d also use words to speak about more words, which is, I admit, not a very unique trait.

This little dialogue from The Truth by Terry Pratchett could directly be applied to me:

‘You talking to me about knocking back? Don’t know what a tosheroon is, do you?’ he said. The dwarf shrugged.
  ‘Yes, I do,’ said William. ‘There’s several meanings, but I think you’re referring to a big caked ball of mud and coins, such as you might find in some crevice in an old drain where the water forms an eddy. They can be quite valuable.’
  ‘What? You’ve got hands on you like a girl,’ said Harry, so surprised that the cigar momentarily drooped. ‘How come you know that?’
  ‘I like words, Mr King.’

– p.212, 2001 Corgi Edition.

It may or may not also be this single little conversation that has made William de Worde one of my favourite Pratchett characters.

But without going into a digression about how I love collecting words and being an obnoxious little know-it-all, let’s just say that I also find words quite funny. However, before the funny, I first have a couple of other things things to say.


Firstly, sorry for being MIA. University started again a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been spinning around like a crazy elf. (Kudos if you pick up the reference!) Everybody seems to think it is my goal in life to read a score of boring articles a week. Well, maybe not a score. But a lot. I was going to make a vlog again, but halfway through recording I noticed that the mic was not picking up my voice properly and I was basically inaudible. I didn’t feel like dubbing it, so you will just have to make do with my bland text.

I’m not sure what this means for the blog and how often I will have time to post. Perhaps I will start doing smaller posts, with only one or two frames. But I am definitely going to continue blogging! Unfortunately I am enjoying this far too much to stop! Smile Anyway, just be aware of this in case I go missing for 3 weeks!
Oh, and before someone asks, our academic year does run along with the calendar year.


Secondly, I… uh… received quite a lot of awards recently. Uh… 5, I think. I will make my next post about that, but firstly I need your help! Everyone seems to want you to tell your readers random things about you. However, I’m fresh out of ideas. I don’t even know where to start this time round. So if any of you have any random questions that you would like me to answer, let me know in the comments and I’ll include it! If I receive too many, I’ll just pick some.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions for blogs that I can pass these things on to, let me know as well! I wouldn’t complain as I never seem to be able to think of the required amount of new nominees. Winking smile

See? Working together we can get there! To the stars!


Thirdly, enjoy my

Taking Words Literally!


There are words that are so common we all know them and use them everyday. But have you ever noticed that some words can have very strange meanings if you look at them literally? No? Observe:


Rock music







Please don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate every random person who happens to own a tablet computer. I just hate the show-offs, and believe me, there are enough of those in my classes. So right, you are able to afford one of these ludicrous new note-typing machines. That still does not give you the right to look down at the rest of us who cope perfectly well with a pen and paper and to come in late to class, wait until all eyes are on you, take out your shiny tablet and start to preen it. *


* Well, maybe I’m just a tiny bit jealous. Jealous of those who don’t need to lug heavy handbooks around, because they simply scan them onto the tablet. But I am certainly not jealous of having to look after a liability like that all day and be nervous that it will get stolen – with all my notes and books on it. I’m paranoid enough about my phone already, thank you all the same. Winking smile


Sorry, but I just could not resist sticking a random, old-fashioned London dandy into this cartoon. I don’t know how these ideas get into my head, or what exactly he is doing there.

Green fingers1


Green fingers2






I hope everyone enjoyed this!


15 responses

  1. Great stuff. While all languages have their own little quirks, one of my pet peeves are words that are chronically misused. For example, it drives me crazy when someone describes something as being completely destroyed as being “decimated.”

    February 23, 2012 at 17:14

    • Hmm, you can decimate organic things, but not non-organic, I believe…? Though some words get misused so much that the meaning eventually changes. That’s evolution, I guess. 😉

      February 24, 2012 at 20:24

  2. Fun as usual. I love words too. A while ago there was a fantasy novelist who wrote taking words literally. A wall of fire was really a wall made out of fire. A nightmare was really a horse who chased people who were on the roads at night. Made for great fun. carry on.

    February 23, 2012 at 17:55

    • Awesome, another word nerd! 🙂
      Sounds like fun, especially the “nightmare”! 😀

      February 24, 2012 at 20:18

  3. Lewis

    No questions here, but I suppose now’s as good a time as any to say I love your blog. I found it via wikiHow. 🙂 Hi!

    February 23, 2012 at 18:14

    • Hi Lewis, thanks for the nice comment! 🙂
      Yes, my blog has done quite well out of wikiHow. Obviously I’m not complaining! 😆

      February 24, 2012 at 20:15

  4. Hahahahahaa, loved this! And yes, I also hate those who show off their tablets, mainly because I cannot afford to have one and it sucks!

    February 23, 2012 at 18:20

    • Awesome!
      Me too! 😀

      February 24, 2012 at 20:14

  5. Love your cartoons, as always! Here’s some questions (if you want them; if not, that’s fine too): 1–What are you majoring in? 2–What food disgusts you? And 3–what’ the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you? Congrats on all your awards–and I wish upon you 10 hours more a day to fulfill and do all the things you need to accept them

    February 23, 2012 at 21:29

    • Thanks for the questions, Char! I’ll wait and see if I get anything else. 🙂
      Haha, thanks! 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 20:13

  6. Very nice drawing. My favorite is Rock Music 🙂


    February 24, 2012 at 05:13

    • Thanks Anja, that rock is really rocking out! 😉

      February 24, 2012 at 19:58

  7. Pingback: More literal sayings and other things « Cartoons & Creative Writing

  8. I didn’t catch your “spin around like a crazy elf” reference until you mentioned that you were referencing something. Then I recognized it. And now that song is playing in my head. 😉

    May 24, 2012 at 00:14

    • Ah… I love movie soundtracks! 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 19:18

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s