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October 22, 2007

His Job

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, Herb and Jamal, humor, parenting — Cidu Bill @ 1:06 am

It’s his job to be a hypocrite, she means??


  1. Last panel rewrite: “It’s his JOB to say one thing and do another.”
    I feel that that would be a better punchline…but the fact remains that it is NOT his job to set a bad example for his son. This one was just poorly done.

    Comment by Jim — October 22, 2007 @ 4:56 am

  2. Or “It’s his job to be a hypocrite”, but even that’s too much. If the joke needs to explain itself, it’s a lost cause.

    Actually I got the Dad-hypocrite joke. I’m not sure what he’s doing that makes him a hypocrite, though. Anyone see a TV?

    Comment by DPWally — October 22, 2007 @ 10:09 am

  3. Has anyone ever encountered this weird rule the dad has? I’m familiar with the idea that the T.V. should be off during family meals, since you should be interacting with your family. But I’m a little baffled as to why it would be objectionable to watch T.V. while eating by yourself. (Let alone, as DPWally points out, an invisible T.V.)

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 22, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  4. I think word choice is the problem here…the phrase “It’s his job” lends the emphasis towards “job”, and is usually used to convey the idea that someone is doing something they don’t enjoy but are obligated to do. If they had used “That’s his job”, the emphasis would naturally be on “his”; by contrast, that phrase implies that the object is doing something typically reserved for someone else. Which is apparently the joke here. *cough*

    See? One little improperly chosen word and the whole comic goes to crap. Never underestimate the impact of syntactical minutae.

    Comment by Stupendous Girl — October 22, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

  5. Autumn,
    I had the rule when I was younger not really because of the TV, but where it was. I’m not sure about most new houses, but my kitchen when I was growing up didn’t have a place for a TV. So eating in front of the TV meant you were in the living room and you if you wasted any food or drink on mom’s carpet, there’d be hell to pay. So it was a lot easier to just say no eating in front of the TV.

    Comment by Cedric — October 23, 2007 @ 10:03 am

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