How to Deal with Your Shortcomings

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Reader Comments (29)

Ooo, Rick got a zinger in on panel 3

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLelanderson

*stroakes invisible beard
Panel 4 seems to insinuate that Rick has plans...

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

I before E except when your left hand outpaces the right.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Good helath to you, then. Actually, I don't type any more, although not because Microsoft Windows has had speech speech recognition since Windows Vista. (And Windows XP Tablet Edition had had speech recognition before that.)

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Panel 4 is kind of dark/grim, masquerading as a lighthearted joke. I like it. Also, Panel 3 ftw. Love it when Rick deals out Scott's comeuppance.

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHan Khalia

Look - stop whinging!

Just take the letters and arrange them however the hell you want, okay!

I'm going out!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Am I the only one that looked over the comic 3 or 4 times looking for intentional typos?

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

The last panel seems to imply that he'll be writing his own tombstone inscription. Do people get to do that? Because I've got some zingers I want to put on mine.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEJohn

I sought misspellings, in the hope that you'd snuck a few in there as a sort of stealth joke. I found none.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLektio

i before e, except in most cases because that saying is it wrong more than it is right. Weird it is so accepted. Maybe it is a zeitgeist thing that so much weight is given to that saying. Just some neighbourly advice.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpasserby

The funny part is realizing how meta this is, and exactly what it all means in that sense. You have been mockt.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Rick getting a double punchline? Norway, you can't be Syria?!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEtlam

It was as if I could actually hear the bad acting in panel one. Well played.
And I bet everyone thought they were so clever with their intentional misspellings in their comments.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

It'll be the best tombstone inscription since Spike Mulligan ("I told you I was ill.")!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterploeg

Panel 1: "Especially if it were many smart people, whom I want to please." The next BI should be, "How to Use the Subjunctive"!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXaxyx

"I look forward to reading it."
Wow. Maybe the tastiest morsel of gentle mockery your strip has doled out to date! I look forward to using it.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

That last panel is a gem

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I could find no misspellings, but in Panel 1 the past tense ("if it was many smart people") appears where the subjunctive ("if it were many smart people") should.

I will now go set myself on fire in the parking lot because I felt strongly enough about the subjunctive to post a comment about it.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I would like to know: if someone (or, more likely, more than one) gives you a straightforward typo report (e.g. " 'yuo' should be spelt 'you' "), is that offensive or annoying? No mocking, no name-calling, just a simple notification.

I'm unlikely to do so myself, unless I happen to be the first to do so, because I can totally see how a *lot* of such notifications could be annoying. Anyway, I'm just curious.

Straightforward is always welcome. Especially if it's specific, like "yuo should be you in the narration of panel three." Formats that aren't as helpful: "yuo" (with no indication of where the error is) or "dude, I guess YUO don't know how to spell, har har!" Most of the typo comments don't see the public light of day, but I'll always let through ones that could go either way, like the subjunctive war that's just started. :) ~Missy

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilson

Indeed, I've always been of the opinion that people who care deeply about the subjunctive should self-immolate.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

@ploeg: I notice you misspelled Spike Milligna's name.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLdaQuirm

Calls for self-immolation are unwarranted.
No one cares deeply about the subjunctive.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

Wilson's comment seems to indicate that Missy is the one who moderates the comments, it that true?
And, yes Frank. I find myself to be outstandingly clever with my misspelings.

Indeed, I do the approving. ~Missy

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

I'm feeling a little dumb, for I am used to seeing a joke in each panel. The first panel seems like there must be a joke in what Scott and Missy are saying, but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. Is he mocking Missy? Is he mocking us? Is Missy mocking Scott AND us? I looked for a deliberate typo for an embarrassingly long time and found none. I guess I'm dim today. Still, loved the comic, as I love all your comics.

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I think it was Andrew Jackson who said that it was a dull man who knew only one way to spell a word

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

@passerby: for what it's worth (nothing), I'd heard that the reason the "i before e" rhyme is wrong so often is that we usually only hear the first half -- i before e except after c or when pronounced ay as in neighbor or weigh

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane


In the first panel, to the degree that Scott is mocking anyone - not all humour, of course, is mocking, even in this comic - he is mocking himself. His self-deprecating humour is aimed at his own typing skills.

He is also having fun with the fact that occasionally his typos do make it into the comic, by pretending that it doesn't actually happen - it's something of an ironic wink to long-time, regular readers, who know that it does happen occasionally.

It's a bit like a person who (e.g.) trips a lot, saying to their friends, "It's a good thing I always manage to stay on my feet (har har)!" But perhaps rather less broad.

(Note: like any explanation of humour, this will not make it funny for you. It may, however, illuminate what was meant to be funny about it.)

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilson

Hey, just curious: Is "Meyer" pronounced like "Mayor" or "Myer"?

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGorm

Typos happen all the time; everyone does it. The brain ignores them because at a glance it looks at the word as a whole, not at individual letters.

June 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMr X
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