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Rebus and Grammagram

If you simply read each letter aloud, you can see why O.U.Q.T.! U.R.A.B.U.T.! can be interpreted to mean “Oh, you cutie! You are a beauty!” A statement expressed that way with letters, numerals, or drawings is called a rebus, or, if...

Fibber McGee Junk Drawer

The Fibber McGee drawer is that essential place where you quickly shove a bunch of junk when you need to clean up fast and don’t have the time or care to organize anything. It comes from the old radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly, which...

stripper

stripper  n.— «More daily cartoonists, who call themselves “strippers” and many of whom consider themselves artists, really should consider hiring gag writers, although a few do. Just because you can draw doesn’t mean you’re...

Yahtzee

Yahtzee  n.— «Regular readers of our site know about Yahtzees, a term I coined to refer to times when five or more cartoonists draw the same gag at the same time.» —“Harvard Cartoon “plagiarism”” by Daryl...

Gag a Maggot off a Gutwagon

An Oakland man is curious about a queasy-making phrase: “a face that could gag a maggot off a gutwagon.” What’s a gutwagon? How’s it used? Why is it used? Yech! This is part of a complete episode.

gag and tag

gag and tag  v. phr.— «Geico has dodged the “gag and tag” label by keeping its product front and center, despite the show-stealing purveyors of its service. “This is not a case where the theater has overpowered the brand...