Uncommon Tuts


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If you have trouble remembering spelling rules, imagine what it must have been like for the ancient Egyptians and their funny-picture-writing thing. (Why isn’t there a word for that?)

I confess that I used an old piece of art for this cartoon, which is something many syndicated cartoonists do all of the time but rarely admit. I don’t like to admit it, either, but I figure what the hell? This image was perfect for this gag, why redraw it slightly differently when I can save my time for more important things like repainting my hot air balloon to look like Darth Vader?

I’m quite fond of the gag from the original cartoon, as well, so I offer it to you here.




BYGONE BIZARRO: Since we’re talking about spelling, here is a related gag from a couple of years ago that was the brainchild of my good buddy, Cliff Harris the King of Wordplay. I hope this journey into the history of our Egyptian neighbors has amused you in some way.bz 10-22-12 egyptWEB


39 thoughts on “Uncommon Tuts

  1. If that truly is your balloon, I am envious. I shall await your visit to Colorado Springs for their wonderful balloon festival

  2. I was going to have you charged with blatant art recycling (even the pie and dynamite didn’t change), until I saw that the round thing turned into the eyeball and the bird turned into ….

    What the heck is that?

  3. I remember the spelling bee one. My wife runs the bees at her school, so I shared it with her. She ends up seeing a lot of your stuff, as you’re the only comic I regularly follow. :)

  4. I appreciate and respect your efficient use of quality art. As a speechwriter, I have occasionally used “previously enjoyed material” myself when it was appropriate.

  5. The word for their funny picture-writing thing is actually in your older cartoon Dan – hieroglyphics. Love the cartoon. And as any ancient Egyptian will tell you, it’s eye before sea except after flea.

  6. It seems that in your original gag, the chiseler is reading from left to right, but in the new gag, the no good chiseler is being reprimanded for disobeying usage rules that apply right to left. So which is it? Oh. Never mind. I forgot this is Bizarro-Egypt.

    Love the football helmet!

  7. By the way, I’m sharing your link with this heading: “What is the Sphinx really saying? Is it vulgar?” Perhaps with your connections, you can answer the query.

  8. Wonderful! My idea is a panel taking place in ancient Egypt. Two Egyptians are chiseling hieroglyphics on a wall and one has turned to the other and says, “I never can remember. Do you spell ‘Cleopatra’ with one bird or two?”

  9. I cannot help smiling at the fact that in comments next to a gag about spelling and grammar, I see the sentence “Why isn’t their a word for that?”

    Hey, grammar Nazi or not, I am and remain a huge fan, and have become rather addicted to my daily dose of Bizarro. :-)

  10. Oddly enough, there is somewhat of a correspondence between the alphabet and hieroglyphics. But it seems that there’s no hope of doing a correct ‘i’ before ‘e’ rule.

    The page says that E’s were not shown and that there wasn’t really a ‘C’. Ah well. We’ll just have to settle for funny gag rather than funny gag with a bit of truth behind it. In every life some rain must fall.

  11. I absolutely love all of the history-related strips you create. As a teacher, I can not even begin to tell you how much fun the “kiddies” have, reading and analyzing your art. [I just know…”river of blood” is going to get ’em …;)]

    We revisited your “Gettysburg Tweet” on November 19th [150th Anniversary]…one of my all-time faves.

    Thank you for making history viable, relevant …and hilarious.

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  14. Since the topic is Ancient Egypt and Spelling Nazis, let me take this opportunity to point out that “hieroglyphics” is an incorrect word. The carvings are hieroglyphs (noun) and the writing is described as hieroglyphic (adjective).

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