Welcome to
All the grammar you need to succeed in life™ – Explore our world of Grammar with FREE grammar & spell checkers, eBooks, articles, tutorials, vocabulary games and more!

Should be right up the alley of “Lord of Language” Mr. Moore, and likely a bookmarked site for Tom Batiuk as well. Les, after all, must keep his pedant game strong so he can continue to make his students and everyone else he meets feel ignorant and inferior every chance he gets. And say what you will about Batiuk’s craft: his dialogue may be tone-deaf and stilted, and his jokes are by turns weak or incomprehensible (or in the case of today’s strip a little of both), but you’d be hard pressed to find fault with their grammatical construction.



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

16 responses to “Comma-tose

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Oh man, are we about to get ANOTHER arc about the horrors of internet commenting?

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So is this a “plug” or what? I hope he’s not going to do a week of these, although it’s Les so whatever he has in mind here will be nightmarish at best.

  3. Hang on a sec, TFH–I find most of Tom Batiuk’s grammatical structure pretty haphazard. I’m trying to think of specific examples, but my mind refuses to call up memories of Funky Winkerbean (a self-defense mechanism I’m sure).

    I just have the impression that the words in FW pretty much always would be better if half of them were dropped and the remainder were put in a better order.

  4. billytheskink


  5. Jimmy

    This gives me a sinking feeling that it will be Les, not Darin, being called in to save the Amazing Mister Sponge as a writer. Kill fee be damned!

  6. What this gives me is the impression that Batiuk is going to tilt at an internet windmill because it bothers him that the only people who read his strip ARE internuts and twitter tots.

  7. Charles

    Les’s giant head in panel 2 makes him look more toad-like than usual.

    Truly, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this week. I’m sure it’s going to be a visual marvel with no smug assing whatsoever. Certainly.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Wait, Les uses the Internet instead of referencing his well worn copy of the Chicago Manual of Style?

  9. Rusty

    Les has writer’s block until someone brings him hot chocolate and cookies.

  10. This week: Les smugly corrects the grammar on, which is his equivalent of masturbation to Internet porn.

  11. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$ Try to actually write something funny.

  12. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Rusty Shackleford:
    That’s what I was wondering too. Les/Batiuk seems like exactly the type of person to bitch about people not using a physical dictionary or other reference book. Heck, maybe this week is going to consist of nothing but Les leaving comments about how wrong these people are to be using the internet for grammar, rather than consulting with their high school English teachers.

  13. ComicBookHarriet

    I hope to GOD that this has Les spouting a bunch of pop-culture grammar rules that don’t even exist or are so outdated they’ve been retired. Like, “Don’t end a sentence with a preposition.” or “Split Infinitives are of the devil.”

  14. Professor Fate

    “This is nonsense up with which I will not put.”
    sorry every time folks get all in a twist about Grammar that sentence (attributed to Winston Churchill but apparently actually from an angry magazine editor) comes to mind.
    Of course Les would be a Grammar snob – not because he admires clear writing and the clear expression of idea but because he can lord this over the children he’s supposed to be teaching.
    There is a film called The Browning Version were a classics professor at retirement is forced to confront he complete failure as a man and a teacher and I would love to see Les undergo a similar arc only without the hint of redemption shown at the end of the film where the teacher acknowledges his flaws and failures but where Les’s self-indulgent retirement speech is met by first stony silence and then the hurling of objects of increasing weight.

  15. @ Professor Fate –

    The scenario you posit would be great. I doubt that the character is sufficiently self-aware to recognize that he possesses flaws or that he bears any responsibility for the failures he experienced. More likely he’d merely tell his audience how his retirement leaves an unfillable void in the faculty. (He’d be right, of course, but not for the reason he thinks.)

  16. Hannibal's Lectern

    Les is planning to open the Grammar Kwik-E-Mart: “leave a comma, take a comma”