Saturday Morning Oys – July 9th, 2022

Thanks to Dale Eltoft for sending in the second Diamond Lil in the pair below. “This follows from the day before but I don’t know if that’s a necessary setup.” On that recommendation we’re also including the set-up one first, though it isn’t in itself an OY.

(In a followup, they make it clear that you better say it in the pun way or there is no joke left!)

I’m in an online class that’s reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and whenever I run into an invisibility-themed cartoon I have the impulse to upload it to the class discussion board. But that would be unwise.

Oy! this is so labored of a pun — but sometimes you just have to honor that labor! (Also interesting how there had to be a switch of syntactic role of me in the last panel.)

Added Thursday – This cartoon was the main topic of an Arnold Zwicky post on his blog, which says a lot more than my remark above on the parsing of the punned title in the last panel; and also brings up Stephan Pastis as a mainstay of this genre.

A multi-OY from Cat and Girl, with e3xtras from meme-land.


  1. The “thongbird” joke appeared some years ago in The New Yorker. It has even been used in the NYer line of greeting cards.

    The possum strip might work a little better if the animal was addressed by the alternative designation “opossum,” which, as has often been noted, makes him Irish.

  2. “Me” for “my” is sometimes found in rural Australian dialects (cf. “Tie Me Kangaroo Down”). That led to the possibility that the Possum in the strip is an Australian possum. But he’s drawn like a North American opossum and seems to be a recurring character, so perhaps that explanation is unlikely.

  3. Powers, that certainly throws me back to 1964!

    If you follow the Zwicky blog link in the post, there is some more on “me for my”. The sources he provides characterize its British use as part of stereotyped Irish dialect ; and American use they see coming from the Georgia and Carolina Sea Islands.

  4. The title panel in the “Cat and Girl” says “Pasta all the way down”. Which fits nicely with the comic as a whole dealing in turtles and tortoises, which were the original term in that “all the way down” quote. (Origins in dispute, though I have usually heard it as William James.)

  5. I read Zwicky’s blog, and I appreciate the effort, but I’m not sold on the pun for “country”. In both the song title and the strip, it’s an adjective describing something as outside of the city.

  6. “whenever I run into an invisibility-themed cartoon I have the impulse to upload it to the class discussion board. But that would be unwise.”

    I can’t see why.

  7. So this guy had a terrible rash and he went to a holistic healer who gave him a medicated thong. “Do I wear it?” asked the guy, and the healer said, “No. For seven days, every day cut off a piece, chew it for 10 minutes, spit out the piece and throw it away. There’s enough for a total of seven pieces.”

    A week later the guy came back and said “The thong is ended but the malady lingers on.”

  8. I’m not sure if it was made clear here, but the bird in Diamond Li’l is a recurring character whose name is Stupid. Adds a little depth to the joke.

  9. I don’t want to make myself stand out. Just want to blend into the background…

  10. Whomever submitted the Cat and Girl comic, thanks for the LOL in the final panel. (Though I’m wondering how many people know what a terrapin is.)

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