Saturday Morning Oys – January 15th, 2022

We can discuss how dictionaries work, but I think I’m seeing (at and ) that the musical and the psychiatric meanings of fugue are senses listed in one word entry, with just one etymology section for the joint entry — thus, that they are the same word historically. Etymonline is not helpful this time.
Not only is this playing between the musical and psychiatric senses of 𝘧𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘦, the caption depends on 𝐴 as both a musical key and the indefinite article, and 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘰𝘳 as both musical mode and an age classification.

P.S. This cartoon along with an earlier Bizarro and other aspects of fugue, minor, a-minor, and somehow emo, are all fodder for Arnold Zwicky’s blog.

Guess the punchline (an oy)

When I saw the first panel I knew what the second one would be! Ókay, it’s corny and obvious — but that’s what’s fun about it.

Here’s your chance to duplicate that experience.


And here the answer (slide up to uncover):


  1. I found the Falco one hilarious, because we were just talking in my house about my daughter going back to remote learning this week. So “remote learning’ has been in my head lately. Timing is everything. 🙂

  2. re – remote learning –
    My 93 yo mom had to switch from her assisted living residence to a nursing home for several reasons (including financial). At the assisted living cable TV was included. At the nursing home I am not sure what can be purchased through them, but my sister decided it cost too much. So mom has a Roku TV. My sister was telling me how great is – mom could remember how to use the Roku TV to watch Turner Classic movies. (Heck, we have Roku sticks or boxes on all of our TVs and I don’t even try so I was impressed.)

    I spoke with mom Sunday night and she told me that she cannot figure out to use it. I told her that my sister said she could. Apparently she has the notes on what to do, but none of them make sense to her anymore.

    Just for understanding about the idea of “old people” using things such as this – mom used a computer at work as an accountant (what else in our family) with no problem. When she retired we all kept her home computer updated by her getting the latest old computer from one or the other of us. She used the computer and email (was great if I could figure when she had something coming up to call me about and I would email her instead – no hours long conversations). Only when my sister decided to make it easier for mom by getting her a tablet did mom stop using a computer – and she had trouble using the tablet – she would tell me it would give her my emails months after I wrote them.

  3. @ Boise Ed – If you change “a” to eine“, then you have to change “minor” to “moll“, but that shifts the topic from “pediatrics” to “gangsters”.

  4. Meryl, it is indeed not usually a simple objective fact that one user interface is “easier to use” or “more user-friendly” than another. (Though sure, sometimes you can see a big disparity in countable number of steps, or clicks, or even number of simultaneous touches.) I like my iPad, in part because I can use it relaxing or reclining, and in part because a few apps are more congenial than their browser desktop equivalent websites. Or because an app is ONLY available on that platform, with no equivalent program or website. But OTOH perhaps you have seen my comments that say “I’ll explain more when I get to the computer with a real keyboard.”

    And I won’t try to deny that age is a good part of it. I no longer spend any effort trying those “gestures” that require calibrating four finger placement …

  5. I received an iPad Mini from Megacorp as an anniversary gift. A huge portion of my use is as an e-reader. Web search works ok, but is less convenient than desktop. The biggest win in app space for the pad is banking/investment where I can deposit checks online. There are some games that are ios only, but others that are Windows only too. My email is through Outlook, and that works much better through desktop/Firefox access.

  6. Well, if you change “a” to “ein” and “minor” to “moll” you get what sounds like “einmahl” which fits nicely. “This piece is about once upon a time when I drifted aimlessly…”

  7. For those unfamiliar with the original versions of “Grimm’s Kinder- und Haus-Märchen“, the standard opening line of a German fairy tale is “Es war einmal…“, to which MiB is comparing “ein moll“. It’s close enough for furriners, but doesn’t really work in the native pronunciation.

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