Not a natural language among them

I remember running into a well-meaning person who heard the linguistics lecturer use the term “natural language” and tried to object that no language or dialect is actually more natural — that is, “better” in some way, or more suited to learning — than any other. Which is something that audience would not disagree with, in general, among the set of languages they were discussing. (Which of course, were just those natural languages.)

But of course there are several ways some communication system or notation system can be called a language but is not a natural language. Roy’s list includes two major types, and misses a couple other categories. (But we don’t get to hear if he has command of other natural languages.)

Here’s an amusing talk I ran across recently, which may be fun for those with either practical programming experience in a few different computer languages or anyhow a reading/browsing acquaintance with them.

Once more unto the Oopsies, Quickies, Semi-CIDUs, Mysteries, and flops? (8th Series)

Maybe it’s a genuine CIDU? But I think that punch line is all there is.

I think we all can sympathize with Duane’s motivations for his … little prank. And that’s the main joke, which is not in need of explication; so this isn’t quite a CIDU. But if we wanted to get into it a little, we could ask whether he’s getting revenge more on the kid or on the mom. And at the practical level, what does it mean that he still has the barber’s customer-apron as he’s leaving?

I guess this Working Daze fits an offshoot of the “CIDU-Quickie” category, where the joke is utterly incomprehensible until you are shown (or realize you already know) an instance of something-that’s-going-around, and then that entirely exhausts the mystery.

Linked here is a compilation of what lies behind the joke. (I can’t watch this all the way thru.)

Sunday Funnies – LOLs, August 15th, 2021

Yikes! Or is that LOL-Yikes?

See also discussion by Arnold Zwicky on thesaurusization

Sunday Funnies – LOLs, April 11th, 2021

This time Junk Drawer is about a junk drawer!

BUT that doesn’t mean only the namesake can discuss the junk drawer!

Okay, okay, not really a LOL. And certainly not an Ewwww. Just more like …. an Awwww?

Bliss and Martin do a nice job with the last-second twist:

From Dave Berg, who sent it in as CIDU. There is potentially a fairly direct explanation, however (reserved for now — we’ll see if you’all agree). But it still leaves this a good, ironic, chuckle.

A Meta from Working Daze:

And a LOL-Eww as a fitting end:

Covid (in)consistencies, part 1

I had asked for comic with covid inconsistencies. There were enough comics sent in that I’m splitting the comics into two posts. Part 2 coming tomorrow.

woozy sent this one in:

Andréa points out that Peter needs to cover his nose:

On the other side, Working Daze has been so consistent in showing masks that they put a “Before there were masks” label on a comic where no one is wearing masks in the office.

And two comics from the original post asking for covid inconsistency comics, in case anyone wanted to comment on those.

Some e-mails mentioned covid inconsistencies in tv shows as well. I won’t repost the e-mail discussions, but feel free to discuss tv shows as well as comics in the comments. (I guess that goes without saying, as it follows from the fact that you should feel free to veer wildly off-topic.)