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November 6, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, text messaging, Zits — Cidu Bill @ 8:17 pm

Okay, I’d probably find this funnier if I didn’t do the same thing. I leave out the header of course — that’s just silly! — but punctuation, complete sentences, traditional spelling… just because I have the new technology doesn’t mean I’m not old.


  1. I don’t have a comment about the comic (except to say that I do the same thing as well, but my Treo has a qwrty keyboard, so it’s easier).

    OK, I guess I did have a comment about that. But my real purpose is to give Bill props for his post titles. They range from the subtle, (like this one) to the sublime (“So it goes” for Frazz’s Vonnegut themed strips), from the [occasionally] forced (“The punchline not gotten”) to the ones that are so clever that they seem completely obvious – AFTER you read it (such as my personal favorite of late: “No quarter given.”). Quite often, there as humorous as (or better than) the comics they are used to introduce.

    Comment by Arvy — November 6, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Gosh I hate admitting I’m old. I read the heading and thought to myself that you’d miss-typed, missing the ‘i’. This AFTER reading the comic and and totally identifying… then I read the comment. Subtle indeed.

    Comment by BF — November 6, 2007 @ 9:33 pm

  3. It’s funny, when I first read the message I was taken aback by how he was typing in all caps. One of the funny things about his message, though, is not only that he’s using complete sentences and correct grammar and punctuation, but that he’s using very long words to express his idea. He’s using “approximately” instead of “about”, “immediately” instead of “ASAP”, and “previously discussed” instead of “said”, and so on. This coupled of the “hunt and peck method he is most likely using to type out the message.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 7, 2007 @ 12:15 am

  4. SMS messages are limited to 160 characters in the most generous encoding (7 bit). Even without the header, the displayed text is over 210 characters, and in reality would be un-enterable in a texting app.

    There are sometimes technical reasons for brevity.

    ‘Pickup 530 frnt schl. If no gd, txt me asap’

    Comment by Peter — November 7, 2007 @ 11:03 am

  5. Peter: Surely a discussion about whether or not there is “no God,” could wait until he picks him up. Why does Jeremy need to “text him ASAP” for a theological debate?

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — November 7, 2007 @ 11:13 am

  6. My wife, trying to be “cool,” once sent my teenage daugher a similar message using abbreviated spellings of various words. When she asked later why my daughter didn’t respond, she said “I don’t talk to illiterates.” It’s been good grammar, punctuation and spelling ever since.

    Comment by Its justme — November 7, 2007 @ 11:55 am

  7. Actually, a lot of phones (like mine) will sort of page text messages together, so you can send 7 of those 160 character text messages as if they’re one big message. I often end up on the second page because I also spell things out, use capitalization and punctuation, etc.

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — November 7, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  8. What Arvy said!

    Comment by Keera — November 7, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

  9. Autumnal Harvest, I find your interpretation of the message interesting, much like the interpretation of the phrase “GODISNOWHERE”. You can either see the last part as “nowhere” or “now here”. There’s a bit of a Rorschach test in what you see in it.

    Comment by bAT L. — November 8, 2007 @ 1:31 am

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