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#148081 - 09/20/05 08:47 PM B.C.
Jackie Offline

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Can someone explain this cartoon to me, please--that is, the why of the second word balloon?

Edit: it's the cartoon of September 19.

#148082 - 09/20/05 09:13 PM Re: B.C.
Vernon Compton Offline

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Posts: 273
Loc: NZ
Maybe because "people" is a collective noun, like "team"? I'm sure either El padre prescriptivo, or Der preschriptiwischt Punschter will be along soon to explain the full horror of the preamble.

#148083 - 09/20/05 09:44 PM Re: B.C.
tsuwm Offline
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the grammar police are obviously hustling over to our declaimers, all previously depicted as ESLers (especially Grog), to pointedly inform them that they must insert a verb; to wit, we ARE the people.

ron obvious

#148084 - 09/20/05 10:55 PM Re: B.C.
inselpeter Offline

Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City
or a comma

I, A. Positive

#148085 - 09/21/05 12:07 AM Re: B.C.
wordminstrel Offline

Registered: 10/20/01
Posts: 247
Can someone explain this cartoon to me, please--that is, the why of the second word balloon?

Others have suggested that there is something in the phrase "We, the people" which is grammatically incorrect, Jackie, but that is not what the cartoonist has in mind. His touch is far lighter than that.

What brings the guard out is the rebellious expression "We, the people". They have been dispatched to suppress the expression of freedom, not the expression itself.

It is the play between the shallowness of the cave-dwellers and the principle of free expression which creates the humor here.

#148086 - 09/21/05 02:42 AM Re: B.C.
Capfka Offline

Registered: 06/28/02
Posts: 1624
Loc: Utter Placebo, Planet Reebok
Bollocks. It's exactly as tsuwm said. Go away.

#148087 - 09/21/05 06:39 AM Re: B.C.
Faldage Offline
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I'm with Rock Island, here. It's the missing comma. And I should know. I went to a Computer Science Club Halloween party once as a missing comma.

#148088 - 09/21/05 07:08 AM To New Members
robert holland Offline

Registered: 08/05/05
Posts: 10
"Wordminstrel" is still another of the sock puppets (or alternate handles) of an individual who has been banned by management from this board -- and others -- for flagrant abuse.

#148089 - 09/21/05 02:51 PM Re: B.C.
Zed Offline

Registered: 08/27/02
Posts: 2154
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
please, please, pleeeeease describe your costume.

#148090 - 09/21/05 04:10 PM Re: B.C.
Father Steve Offline
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The phrase "the people of the United States" is an appositive which, in your better constitutions, is set off within commas.

El padre prescriptivo

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