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Reader Comments (28)

I feel like there are probably some intentional typos here but my brain doesn't want to see them.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

An ruinous win for Rick! It's what he's good at. . .

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraqualung

Looks like everything's coming up milhouse for Rick today.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterperlcat

Love the second panel.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlphonse

In case anyone else was looking for this:

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterG01denW01f11

Rick wins again! Is this another sign of the apocalypse?

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNH

I hate to be "that guy" and all, but you have a grammatically incorrect shift from plural to singular in the text at the top of panel one.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Looks like Rick got one over on you!

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShimagaijin

I'm looking the typos in this one, but I can't see 'em.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterH


Rick has discovered his Superpower! (I hope he only ever uses it for evil . . . )

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Ok, numbers please. How many of you are poring over this looking for typos?
A new trolling offensive against Grammar Nazism perhaps?

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Triumphant Rick FTW!

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Early win for Scott, but swift counter jab from Rick!

Rick wins this round with epic counter!

So much comedy in this particular strip. Awesome!

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

The whole Basic Instructions could be a belief system as it is, with Scott Meyer The Wise as its prophet.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlg

@Patrick wins.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Patrick: "I hate to be "that guy" and all, but you have a grammatically incorrect shift from plural to singular in the text at the top of panel one."

I agree, though the way it's written is probably considered not incorrect; similar to how the plural of "mother in law" is "mothers in law," if you were to treat "that can be viewed as" as a preposition, making multiple instances of "a thing that can be viewed as an opportunity" would just pluralize "thing." Like I said, I agree that it's technically incorrect, but I've noticed more and more instances of the common alternative to what we were traditionally taught being considered acceptable. See: indefinite articles in front of 3+ syllable words starting with 'h' :)

What I <I>do</I> have a problem with, however, is the comma in the Panel 1 heading. I understand that in journalism (and apparently comics), commas are often inserted erroneously because the author doesn't think the reader is competent enough to apply the appropriate dramatic pause, but it still bugs me :-p

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMKE Dave

Witty banter between a grammar Nazi and a mediocre typist. It feels like my workplace, without the XML.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

I think that everybody is is looking for the delibarate mistakes.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I can live with typos - I spot them, but it doesn't stop me from reading, but Yuppified distortion of the language just crushes the conversation for me;
"medal" as a verb, "period of time" (in case you didn't know, "period" always refers to time. You no more need to say "period of time of unrest" than "scent of smell of cut grass") "finessing the situation"
Usually, language evolves, but since the '80s, it has been devolving.
...Then there's "nuke-you-lar". If a regular person prounounces "nuclear" that way, it's not a problem, but I once heard an interview in which the interviewee said, without joking "I have a PHD in nuke-you-lar physics". I just pray he never got a job in that field.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Another change that would make the panel one heading less jarring would be "things that can be viewed as an opportunity, or as a terrible problem".

That makes it expand to "(plural of (thing that can be viewed as an opportunity)) or (plural of (thing that can be viewed as a terrible problem))".

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

I can't not read Rick's column right after the epic wins on ALL FOUR PANELS.

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dust Cell

This is timely - today I mistyped "misspell" and missed it. Twice. And sent the email that way (no spell check in that ap). For some reason, my lousy typing includes difficulty typing the letter "s" twice sequentially.

If anyone notices, I'll claim I deliberately inserted the errors to avoid the appearance of hubris. And it's efficient!

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermir


July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScoppleganger

@Dee "Usually, language evolves, but since [some arbitrary point within my adult lifetime], it has been devolving."

Just thought I'd suggest an alternative phrasing that makes it less specific to you, instead reflecting the beliefs of every human being since Ug the Caveman objected to the slight vowel-lengthening in how the kids these days pronounce "gaarh".

July 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn


I don't know about you, but my period is a misery that takes me outside of time.

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNysssa

Mullet Boss win! Rick win!

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

July 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevens

There. Their. They're.

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHotHam

There are some other kinds of period, such as a full stop mark after a written sentence, or something that is repeated in a dimension other than time, such as the periodic table. But, yes, "period of time" usually could be said using only one of the words, or any of several other words - interval, epoch. I wonder if the quirk is inherited from "interval of time". Is an interval more likely to be of some other kind such as in space? Or, when a play stops in the middle and maybe there are drinks.

But how to choose words to introduce this previous cartoon?

As you see, I couldn't, so I cheated.

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie
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