How to Get Someone to Do Their Job

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Reader Comments (28)

To avoid similar situations, maybe you should try to keep away from having a round smooth head.

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarru

"Stop thinking...let things happen...and be...the ball."

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTy Webb

Omg, this cuts deep, man

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Scott - Is this a repeat, or am I experiencing spillover from my last employer? It seems terribly familiar.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

The RJ-17, the cadillac of forms

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam


November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArpit

I think we've all been the ball at one time or another. I especially like the second panel's last line.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdan

Gobbler, I thought that too so I searched. It is almost a repeat of this one. And after hunting that down, I can now go on with my day in peace.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrizzly

damn you Jenkins! This is not the first time that he has refused to fill out the Cadillac of forms

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Viva El Pelon!!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaeddu

Basic Instructions: How to come up with a comic after watching Caddyshack (be the ball)

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBaby Ruth

Once again, 'they' and 'their' is plural. 'Someone' is singular. 'They' cannot have A job. If 'they' have a A job, that means all of them have one job. If 'someone' has a job, that job is his. The pronoun 'his' is inclusive. That means it includes all people regardless of gender. It does not mean a male person. Would you rather be incorrect than risk offending those who are ignorant of the proper use of English? If the answer is yes, what else will you do to avoid offending the ignorant?
Otherwise, the strip is outrageously funny.
Please remember I'm only talking about the misuse of grammar in the narrative, dialog is fair game.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElyob

"You're the ball"

It's funny because it's true.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersheherazahde

I don't know why everybody thinks I'm a bitch. I honestly don't. I haven't said a deliberately hurtful thing in twenty years, and then, it was to somebody who really needed it.
Somehow, on every job, all the foreman has to do is say "get to work or I'll send Dee to talk to you", and it's all asses and elbows for a week!
Has to be SOME use for lack of social skills...

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Nice work Scott, best comic you've done in a while. If I wanted to give someone a good example of what your comic's all about, I'd use this.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Is it just me, or does Jenkins look like he has a head injury? One pupil looks bigger than the others. I mean, other. Hmm - maybe I'm the one with the head injury.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

"You're the ball." BAHAHA. Favourite line of the last few comics.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaith

Uh oh - Will this be repeat of people asking whether this is a repeat? How soon before the repeat of "first"?

Duck and cover! The repeat of people with different language-use preferences will soon be at hand!

Note: grammar — Someone's observations and preferences about a language, often used in an OCD-manner to abuse others into learning that someone's preferences. [There's no bad grammar, just unappreciated or purposefully misunderstood.]

BTW, the RJ-17 form always reminds me of the EE214 Test held by an NPC professor in a MUD (very early on in the last decade of the 20th century) that was one of the best weapons in the whole MUD. Like, kill a dragon in just a few hits. Incredible. No, really, I mean it. It was very unbelievable, even for a MUD.

EE214 was an electrical engineering course, and the test was said to be very hard. Apparently delivering the test to a creature (or anyone) in the MUD afflicted mind-boggling massive damage, over and over again with each deliverance. Needless to say, defeating the professor in order to get the test for one's own use was very difficult... Unless you were very high level or had lots of armor, you would usually died from his first delivery of the EE214 Test, and if not then the second time he passed it out to you.

I'm thinking the RJ-17 form might be comparable, except Jenkins seems to have a natural immunity to it, and I suspect the EE214 would be of little use against him.

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThom

@gobbler Yeah, I am pretty sure it is a repeat.

Note from Scott: Uh, sadly, it is not.

@Elyob: He and his most definitely do primarily denote a male person -- even though they can and are frequently used in a somewhat gender-neutral manner, one (well, this one at least) can not help but mentally think of them as masculine regardless of the author's intent. It may not be "old school proper" to use they/their as a gender-neutral equivalent of he/she and his/her, but, given the lack of anything better and given the desire to have a word that genuinely is gender-neutral, so the reader doesn't have to continually have to evaluate whether a specific gender is being specified or not and whether that's germane to the topic at hand, they as an equivalent of he/her and their as an equivalent to his/her is now commonly understood by all -- even those of you who cringe at the use -- and accepted by most. English is a changing language, and this is a change (or not a change at all) you may just have to get used to.

So leave poor Scott alone!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I'm in favor of using "they" as the singular gender neutral. There is a precedent for using it that way since at least the 15th century,

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheherazahde


You are incorrect. Their can be used as an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite forms 'his' or 'her'. Now please let everyone enjoy their comic in peace.

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

It's not a repeat, it's a running joke.

"You're the ball." Awesome.

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

What about the TPS reports?

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkeepaskin

It's not a repeat, it's a sequel.

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

4 great panels, but I have to say #2 for the win.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjustruss

The secret of management is good delegation of tasks.
Notice I used the word "good."

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTwfeline

I'm sure no one has mentioned this, and no one cares, but your use of the plural "they" and "their" to denote a singular, gender-neutral pronoun is highly irritating.
The correct pronouns are "he" and "his."
Although they generally refer to males, they also refer to those of unspecified gender.

For example, "If someone does not like me, then he should tell me himself."

From the Dictionary: He: anyone (without reference to sex); that person: He who hesitates is lost.

I shall try to italicize.

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari
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