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Old 10-11-2013, 12:28 PM
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"Family Circus" diminished my view of humanity today

I mean, I stopped being amused by that comic around the age of nine, and I have all but ignored it for many years. Why today of all days did I decide to glance at what Billy had to say to his ailing sister?

Here's the caption, exactly: "Just so you know, if your too sick to go to school, Mommy's gonna say your too sick to watch TV."

The first "your" rolled my eyes. What this? An egregious typo in a comic? That's a crack editing team right there. Bravo!

Then my refocused eyes get assaulted by yet another "your" that has no business being there! Gah!

Look, I know English is all, like, hard and stuff. We can forgive all manner of typos and grammatical errors by amateurs who are blithely broadcasting their literary drivel such as I'm doing right now, but if you're going to write simple captions for a nationally syndicated comic strip, please abide by the fundamental rules of English usage expected from the average seventh-grader. Double gah!

By the way, if you're reading this and still don't know what the problem is, shame on you.

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Old 10-11-2013, 12:29 PM
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I don't get it; what's you're problem?

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Old 10-11-2013, 12:34 PM
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Maybe your over-reacting.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:35 PM
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It does appear to originate with the master release. Many newspapers do - or used to - reset the captions for single-panel cartoons and I could see one doing so.

But, y'know, if THIS is what made FC diminish your view of humanity... I don't think you've been paying attention. Even the FC website is annoying (go look).
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:44 PM
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Obligatory reference to the one place that can make the Family Circus bearable.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:45 PM
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Now I'm eager to find out if Billy's sister makes it!
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:46 PM
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Billy's only supposed to be, what, seven years old? He doesn't appreciate these grammatical distinctions yet.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:50 PM
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My view of humanity was diminished beginning when an instructor in medical school regularly used "Family Circus" as a teaching tool.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:02 PM
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"Who forgot their fourth-grade English lessons, and used 'your' instead of 'you're', not once, but twice, in today's strip?"

"Not Me!"
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:02 PM
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Even the FC website is annoying (go look).
I did go look. Your rite.

But I found a funny comic! It was a "Bizarro" take-off tucked in the "Files" section. Two men are peering through the bushes at the family having dinner. The men discover the reason behind their popularity, their longevity, the fact that they don't age. They are dining with Satan!
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:28 PM
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I like it! It's not "the one place" though. There is another.
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:30 PM
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"Who forgot their fourth-grade English lessons, and used 'your' instead of 'you're', not once, but twice, in today's strip?"

"Not Me!"
For the win.


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Old 10-11-2013, 05:14 PM
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The Comics Curmedgeon noticed too.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:05 PM
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I've notified comic strip artists before to tell them about their typos. Someone should do the same with this guy.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:06 PM
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What's next for grammar nazis?

Your up.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:40 PM
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Your fiting a loosing battle, sun.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:07 AM
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"Who forgot their fourth-grade English lessons, and used 'your' instead of 'you're', not once, but twice, in today's strip?"

"Not Me!"
"Ida Know!"

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Old 10-12-2013, 02:31 AM
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I'd like to know what newspaper was involved in the OP. My newspaper, the South Bay Daily Breeze in Torraance, CA, printed the caption with the words spelled properly.
On another topic dragged into this thread: The enduring popularity of Family Circus being what it is, I'd say that those who criticize it are the ones who want "edgy" content in comic strips; they are bigoted against newspaper readers who don't want "edgy" content.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:41 AM
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Well, irregardless of that fact.....
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:49 AM
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I mean,...
Comma splice?
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:28 AM
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I'd like to know what newspaper was involved in the OP. My newspaper, the South Bay Daily Breeze in Torraance, CA, printed the caption with the words spelled properly.
On another topic dragged into this thread: The enduring popularity of Family Circus being what it is, I'd say that those who criticize it are the ones who want "edgy" content in comic strips; they are bigoted against newspaper readers who don't want "edgy" content.
Hey! The South Bay Daily Breeze funny pages areplenty edgy! Take "Drabble," for instance. When they do a strip about Ralph Drabble phoning in traffic jams to the radio station, they mention the actual freeways that South Bay Daily Breeze readers drive on every day! Like the 405, the 110, and the 91! It's practically cinema verite! I get chills just thinking about it!

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Old 10-12-2013, 08:39 AM
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My newspaper printed the captions with "you're" in both places, to.

(Two?)
(Too?)

No, it reali did.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:45 AM
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Anyway, what could be more edgy than a man building his career as an artist by reanimating the dessicated corpse of his own father, and making the resultant product seem insipid and twee?

Lio ain't got nuthin' on Geoff Keane.

P. S. For something transgressive, check out the sample cartoon on the wikipedia article about the strip. I thought I was looking at the Lockhorns in a parallel universe where they reproduced.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:50 AM
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Rumor has it that an announcement is forthcoming that Dolly has leukemia. Kind of makes grammatical errors seem a bit trite.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:55 AM
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That's an overreaction to a simple spelling mistake.
You need to get your mind off these trivial matters.
Go outside.
Take a walk.
Enjoy all this wonderful fall foilage.
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:49 AM
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Caption should be: "That would be the ricin..."
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Old 10-12-2013, 10:07 AM
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They're their. Its knot the inn of the whirled.

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Old 10-12-2013, 10:09 AM
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Rumor has it that an announcement is forthcoming that Dolly has leukemia. Kind of makes grammatical errors seem a bit trite.
What, did Geoff Keane sell the franchise to Tom Batiuk?
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:13 PM
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What, did Geoff Keane sell the franchise to Tom Batiuk?
You beat me to it.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:02 PM
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It was spelled correctly in my paper too.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:14 PM
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What, did Geoff Keane sell the franchise to Tom Batiuk?
Wow. I didn't know. Funky Coincidence.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:18 PM
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The same strip ran in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday and both "you're" were spelled correctly for their usage.

We should be more concerned about Bil Keane who is burning in hell for creating The Family Circus in the first place!
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:18 PM
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Who asked you?
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:31 PM
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Who asked you?
I pay a subscription for my paper. I deserve not to have such tripe cluttering up valuable space in the comics section.

They should dump Ziggy too!
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:20 PM
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Hey! The South Bay Daily Breeze funny pages areplenty edgy! Take "Drabble," for instance. When they do a strip about Ralph Drabble phoning in traffic jams to the radio station, they mention the actual freeways that South Bay Daily Breeze readers drive on every day! Like the 405, the 110, and the 91! It's practically cinema verite! I get chills just thinking about it!
Funny you should mention Drabble - the OP made me think of a grammar joke Drabble did years ago. I don't remember the characters' names, and I'm paraphrasing from memory, but it went like this:

The older brother ( a teenager, and none too bright, but he's got this one) sees his preschool/kindergarten-age sister doing something at the kitchen table:

Older Brother: "Hey, what are you doing?"

Baby Sister: "I'm drawing a pitcher!"

OB: "No, no, sis, you're drawing a picture. A picture and a pitcher are different things.

BS: "Oh."

OB: "So, what are you drawing a picture of?"

BS: "Hideo Nomo."

(For the non-baseball fans out there, Hideo Nomo was a then-current pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.)
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:30 PM
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Norman and Penny, fwiw.

Can't remember the smart little brother's name to save my life, though.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:03 AM
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Funny you should mention Drabble - the OP made me think of a grammar joke Drabble did years ago. I don't remember the characters' names, and I'm paraphrasing from memory, but it went like this:

The older brother ( a teenager, and none too bright, but he's got this one) sees his preschool/kindergarten-age sister doing something at the kitchen table:

Older Brother: "Hey, what are you doing?"

Baby Sister: "I'm drawing a pitcher!"

OB: "No, no, sis, you're drawing a picture. A picture and a pitcher are different things.

BS: "Oh."

OB: "So, what are you drawing a picture of?"

BS: "Hideo Nomo."

(For the non-baseball fans out there, Hideo Nomo was a then-current pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.)
Which was a reused joke, since I remember them doing it way back in the 80s. (... Searching, you and I have had this conversation before....Hah. This is a recycled conversation about a recycled Drabble!)
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:42 AM
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Which was a reused joke, since I remember them doing it way back in the 80s. (... Searching, you and I have had this conversation before....Hah. This is a recycled conversation about a recycled Drabble!)
Doo doo doo doo ... doo doo doo doo ... you have now entered ... THE TWILIGHT ZONE
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:43 AM
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I pay a subscription for my paper. I deserve not to have such tripe cluttering up valuable space in the comics section.

They should dump Ziggy too!
Well, la-dee-da! The Breeze isn't published to cater to your personal tastes. Why don't you contact the syndicates which distribute Drabble and Ziggy and open your garbage mouth to them?
FYI, I don't read Drabble. In the dailies I read Luann, Rose Is Rose, Marmaduke, Baldo, Bizarro, Beetle Bailey, etc., and Ziggy.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:44 AM
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Wow. I didn't know. Funky Coincidence.
Not quite sure what to make of that post.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:40 AM
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Well, la-dee-da! The Breeze isn't published to cater to your personal tastes. Why don't you contact the syndicates which distribute Drabble and Ziggy and open your garbage mouth to them?
How is stating my opinion of a strip and the nerd who penned it having a "garbage mouth"?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:57 AM
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Not quite sure what to make of that post.
Never read his comic, but I searched and read about Tom Batiuk. That's all.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:24 PM
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"Family Circus" diminished my view of humanity today.
Really? This is when you decided the linguistic or educational standards ship hit an iceberg?

For decades kids with a 3rd grade level of skill have been given a diploma representing 12 years of what can only be described as attendance.

Yes it's sad that a comic strip writer lets a spell checker do the work of an editor but I'm not sure that's where I want to draw the line of disbelief.

Could it be you're a little bit homophonebic?
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:29 AM
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Well, la-dee-da! The Breeze isn't published to cater to your personal tastes. Why don't you contact the syndicates which distribute Drabble and Ziggy and open your garbage mouth to them?
FYI, I don't read Drabble. In the dailies I read Luann, Rose Is Rose, Marmaduke, Baldo, Bizarro, Beetle Bailey, etc., and Ziggy.
Cool it. pkbites is allowed to express his opinion of a comic strip in a thread about comic strips, but you can't attack other posters on a personal level in this forum.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:54 AM
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That's an overreaction to a simple spelling mistake.
You need to get your mind off these trivial matters.
Go outside.
Take a walk.
Enjoy all this wonderful fall foilage.
*foliage
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:12 AM
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:43 AM
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As usual, the Family Circus has already covered this topic.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:16 AM
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Cool it. pkbites is allowed to express his opinion of a comic strip in a thread about comic strips, but you can't attack other posters on a personal level in this forum.
All right...somehow I had expected that an innocuous comic strip whose creator died recently would not be the target of invective as Family Circus has been. My aim was to defend it. If you know a more effective way to make my point without violating the Board's standards for IMHO, I will be glad to employ it in the future.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:08 AM
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All right...somehow I had expected that an innocuous comic strip whose creator died recently would not be the target of invective as Family Circus has been. My aim was to defend it. If you know a more effective way to make my point without violating the Board's standards for IMHO, I will be glad to employ it in the future.
People love and hate all kinds of stuff. You're not allowed to insult them for it, so comments like "garbage mouth" are never appropriate in this forum. That's not a defense of Keane or the strip, it's just an attack on another person. You can comment on another person's statements or attitudes without actually insulting them, and that's the way to go.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:17 AM
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People love and hate all kinds of stuff.
Not Cathy, right? I think that Cathy is universally disliked.
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