dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
dreadedcandiru2
dreadedcandiru2
binky_betsy

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Today's strip is a bit of a head-scratcher because I'm trying to figure out how Liz's not being able to see that well somehow makes her misspell "population" in the ridiculous and off-colour manner that she does.

Panel 1: As John works on his model railroad, Liz hands him her homework assignment and asks him to tell her if she got it right.

Panel 2: Said assignment goes as follows: The Copulation of Canada: Canada is a big country with not much copulation. the copulation is mostly in the south because of the climat being more warm and also because of the St Lawrence River and the United States. Elizabeth

This, of course, is another means by which Mrs Wellsley can be called a fink who hates children: Elizabeth does not know how to express herself in print without making barbarous errors in spelling, usage, vocabulary, capitalization, syntax and punctuation but is quite unwilling to admit that she's barely literate. What we are about to see is why this persists as long as it does.

Panel 3: Said thing is John laughing at the bafflingly consistent substitution of the word "copulation" for the correct word "population." Since Liz is a naive waif for the purposes of today's joke, she assumes that he's laughing because she misspelled "climate."

Summary: What has always baffled me is how does her not being able to see properly make her mishear the word? Her ears aren't myopic, for Christ's sake! Also, a fuzzy looking "p" looks more like an "o" than a "c" anyway so if she copied it wrong, we'd get something like "The Oopulation of Canada."
Subscribe

  • Friday, October 26

    Panel One: Pretty straightforward. Hard to snark Balding Teacher very much. April and Silhouette are the only students, but otherwise, this is just…

  • Friday, October 26

    Placeholder. All I have to say is, we already HAD an April's-overloaded-backpack gag. And in panel 2, both she and that other girl look very odd.

  • Sunday 14th October 2007

    My sincerest apologies for the late delivery, folks. I was out to dinner with a friend and it ran later than I'd expected :/ Behold, our first…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 37 comments

  • Friday, October 26

    Panel One: Pretty straightforward. Hard to snark Balding Teacher very much. April and Silhouette are the only students, but otherwise, this is just…

  • Friday, October 26

    Placeholder. All I have to say is, we already HAD an April's-overloaded-backpack gag. And in panel 2, both she and that other girl look very odd.

  • Sunday 14th October 2007

    My sincerest apologies for the late delivery, folks. I was out to dinner with a friend and it ran later than I'd expected :/ Behold, our first…