The Quick 10: 10 Words from the Lexicon of Comicana

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,

1. Plewds "“ Sweat drops. If you watched SNL this weekend and saw Andy Samberg's Cathy impersonation, you experienced the verbal form of plewds. I suppose if he had said, "Plewds, plewds, plewds," instead of "Sweat drops, sweat drops, sweat drops," most people wouldn't have known what he was talking about.
2. Briffits "“ When a character zooms away, a cloud of dust is sometimes left where they were standing. That's a briffit.
3. Squeans "“ Squiggles, circles and starbursts that show a person is sick, drunk, or dizzy.

emanata4. Emanata "“ Those straight lines coming out of a character's head to show shock.
5. Grawlixes - #@$#!. That is a grawlix. These are my favorite, I think. I unknowingly used a grawlix in the punctuation quiz we ran a while back - if you like this little list, by the way, you should give the punctuation quiz a shot. It references more obscure names for things.
6. Agitrons "“ Another type of squiggle, but these are meant to show that a person or item is shaking.
7. Solrads "“ More straight lines, but these show something that's bright "“ lightbulbs or the sun.
briffits8. Hites "“ You know those briffits we talked about a minute ago? Hites might preceed the briffits. Hites are the horizontal lines behind a person or thing when it's moving very quickly.
9. Lucaflect "“ Shiny spots on objects.
10. Blurgits and Swalloops "“ Curvy lines that indicate a character is moving or waving his or her limbs.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese

An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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