What's in a Word?

Pondering word play and power in The Daily Sentinel

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A doggone shame

By Debra Dobbins
Thursday, January 13, 2011


 Add another minion to Grampa's list.



Alas and alack(ey)

By Debra Dobbins
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

 A what? Norman now needs to look up lackey.

Lackey, according to Webster’s, is “1 a male servant of low rank … 2 a follower who carries out another’s orders like a servant; toady.”

How many more synonyms for minion can Grampa and Gramma diabolically dream up? Will Norman remain in this pickle?

We’ll have to peruse “Pickles” tomorrow to find out.


An underhanded word

By Debra Dobbins
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nice try, Grampa. Norman, however, may not think that “underling” is cool if he checks out its meaning.

Webster’s defines it as “a person in a subordinate position; inferior; usually contemptuous or disparaging.”

Will Grampa continue to treat Norman as a dupe, someone easily fooled? We’ll have to check tomorrow’s Pickles for an answer.


Ah, ah, ah, Grampa!

By Debra Dobbins
Monday, January 10, 2011

Nelson looks young, but he shows how wise he already is by using the word “minion.”

Minion, according to Webster’s, is a “a favorite, esp[ecially] one who is a fawning, servile follower; term of contempt.” Webster’s second definition, less negative in tone, is “a subordinate deputy, official or the like.”

While Grampa may really want a candy bar, asking Nelson to sneak behind Gramma’s back is not the best moral example to set. In the cartoon’s last panel Nelson shows that he is uncomfortable with Grampa’s slight moral lapse. Good for Nelson.

I hope Gramma's in the kitchen. Grampa doesn’t need candy, and Nelson doesn’t need to be a minion.



Missing words

By Debra Dobbins
Friday, January 7, 2011

Cartoonist Nate Beeler shows rather than tells the idiom “tough nut to crack” to make his point.

A “tough nut to crack” is a problem or issue that will not be easily fixed or resolved.

Republican John Boehner is the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, because Republicans now are in the majority of this part of Congress. Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate.  Boehner has a tendency to tear up over issues he holds near and dear to his heart.




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