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The Quick 10: 10 Words from the Lexicon of Comicana

Stacy Conradt
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I stumbled on the Lexicon of Comicana recently when I was researching something else for the _floss and immediately thought what a good quick 10 it would be. Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, wrote the book in 1980 and invented all of these words to more accurately describe the symbols that cartoonists use on their characters. They are really fun words. Say a few of them out loud; you're guaranteed to smile at least once.

And, if you love the illustrations that help show exactly what these words mean, check out Paul Morris' cartoon,
The Wavy Rule,
at emdashes.com.

plewds
plewds /
emanata
emanata /

So there you have it! A whole new vocabulary to amuse yourself with while you're reading Blondie and Garfield in the morning. Enjoy.

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