1. I like the understatement in “Rubes” (the first one). Nothing about “Swiss Army Death” in the caption, nor any squirrel-like explanations in the panel.

    P.S. @ “Golf“:

  2. You can’t go wrong with a Swiss army knife. I always thought I wanted to join the Swiss army – they issue equipment that includes a corkscrew.

    I’m guessing you pay up for the version with the scythe.

  3. In golf there is often reference to greens being protected or guarded by bunkers and/or water. Close to Home has a golf course that has taken it a few notches higher. Making it a putt-putt course with windmills and clown heads on other holes may have highlighted that aspect a little more, but this works.

  4. I find tisk to be more an expression of dismay at the way the world is going. Someone’s friend’s cousin got car-wrecked, and it’s just tisk. Tsk Tisk is more along the lines of admonition, with a hint of recrimination. YFMV

  5. “Is there an actual joke in the Close to Home one, or is it just supposed to be weird?”

    What’s the difference between a joke and “just being weird”? Degree?

    Well, I suppose a joke has reference a specific thing being absurd. In this case golf course have have several holes of different degrees of difficulty with the harder ones having specific obstacles. This one has an absurd obstacle of deadly archers. Which is absurd. I think that counts as a joke.

  6. Tsk tsk isn’t supposed to be pronounced ’tisk tisk’; it’s an arbitrary representation of a palatal click, the same as ‘tut tut’. But if you try to pronounce ‘multiǂing’ and you’re not a Xhosa, you’re probably going to fail. And nobody will get the (weak) joke anyway.

  7. That was a wonderful link . . . a name out of my past; hadn’t thought of her in years. I still haven’t figured out how that is done.

  8. If by ‘that’ you mean the palatal or ‘q’ click, it’s like the ‘tsk-tsk’ click, except that the suction and release is at the roof of your mouth instead of behind the teeth. (I called ‘tsk tsk’ the palatal click; wrong. It’s the alveolar click.) There’s also the bilabial click, which is a kissing sound.

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