27 January 2010

Today's word is above*


* Not a major entry today, but it's amazing what you
can do with a spare comma.

26 comments:

Van said...

So subtle and hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Most clever one yet.

Lose That Girl said...

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Chico looks terrified.

Might have "just" been a spare comma but it's such subtle nuances that make it so fantastic. Nice one!

BTW... have given your fab site a mention on my blog today. :)

Anonymous said...

No, I disagree. This *is* a major entry today. ;-)

Ross Horsley said...

If you lot carry on like this, I'll be forced to abandon the necrophilia jokes and go all intellectual :-)

Thomas said...

Intellectual and necrophilia are not mutually exclusive.

Clare said...

Arhh the joys of punctuation!

Mystery Hipster said...

I think this has made me more depressed than any other previous post.

foolery said...

I am here at work in Chico, California, nervously scanning the skies for eagles and wondering how long I have. LOVE this. : )

red-handed said...

So heaven awaits ... above the eagle.

Tambour Major said...

Bye bye chico... we'll miss you !

[ How cruel are ya :D ]

Nolahn said...

Nicely done, as always! This Bud's for you, Ross:

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Emilie said...

Simply love it !

Mirko di Wallenberg said...

Nnnnooooooo, NOT Chico, who had his whole life in front of him to discover snatched away in a blip. Mmmmm, maybe not so bad after all then ending on someone's plate for dinner!

The Silvas said...

LOVE love this blog!! It keeps me chuckling! I'm going to mention it in my own blog today! Love it! Keep it going! I should send in a picture I discovered the other day and see what you can do with it! hehehe

Cathy said...

I mean honestly, was the original children's book really teaching about predator/prey ecosystem relationships using an adorable little chick and a ravenous, clawed eagle? This is one where I really want to know the original context . . . were these two about to become friends?

Juliette Wade said...

This is excellent - an example I'd recommend to anyone who enjoyed the book Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. Thanks for the laugh!

Meagan said...

It's like that book: a panda eats, shoots, and leaves. Or it could be a panda eats shoots and leaves. :-) I'm an English teacher so I appreciate this very much!!

Anonymous said...

I like it, but why not intensify the irony of the comma by using "over" twice: The eagle is over Chico. It is over, Chico. If you don't feel that's clear enough, you could have used "flying over" in the first sentence.

dadoctah said...

Is that Chico pronounced cheek-o like Valenzuela, or Chico pronounced chick-o like Marx?

Ross Horsley said...

Don't worry, everyone, I'm sure Chico will be back. After all, if he survived that poorly-timed hatching, he must be a fighter.

Thanks for the award, Nolahn, I'm checking out your new blog as we speak.

Cathy: Sorry to spoil the illusion but this is one of those entries where I've merged two illustrations together. I know, I know, it's cheating really, and I don't do it often... but sometimes (especially where Chico is concerned) I just can't resist!

Anonymous: I like your with-and-without-a-comma phrasing suggestion; in fact, that's how I had it originally. I'm still not sure which is better :-S

Hmm, good question, dadoctah...

anyz said...

sure this entry is hilarious, but i laughed even more at this:

I know, I know, it's cheating really, and I don't do it often... but sometimes (especially where Chico is concerned) I just can't resist!

sweet ^^

Josh Denton said...

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Unca Chaoz said...

Truly a great entry. Perhaps I'm being overly idealistic but this entry is a perfect example of how a 'spare comma' can manipulate an entire thought.

Truly this is one of the reasons why I follow this blog because while many have devolved to "ppl and LOL and OMG". Subtleties such as this are lost on subsequent generations.

Their loss, OUR gain. >:)

Anonymous said...

Jim helped his uncle Jack off a horse.
Jim helped his uncle jack off a horse.

Great blog, love it.

Ross Horsley said...

^ That's funny!