1. First two are excellent, third wordy, fourth opaque to me. I know nothing about Say Anything and Wikipediating it doesn’t tell me what the joke is. Also I hate signaling archaism by tacking -eth and -est onto verbs where they don’t belong.

  2. Given that the “Say Anything” reference is probably based on the movie (and not the music group), the summary in Wikipedia seems to indicate that Sir John is attempting to play Peter Gabriel on a lute. While this does seem rather incongruous, it doesn’t appear to be that funny.
    P.S. It took me way too long to notice the flatulent shark in the first panel. I would have put it with Saturday’s “Ewww”s, rather than Sunday’s “LOL”s.

  3. I did a google image search for John Cusack (yes, I’ve heard of him, I just didn’t know what he looked like). I think the resemblance is adequate for the purpose.

  4. I also get bothered by fake antique verb conjugations. They actual pattern is really not at all hard! The only hard part is probably in how the late-Middle-English and early-Modern-English speakers used DO-Support more than we do now. (And the ‘do’ form would often be where those inflectional endings get attached.)

  5. Andréa, thank you for that, you’ve made my day.

    Also, I’m delighted to find someone else who appreciates Doc and Raider. 🙂

  6. Yes, very nice instance of getting it right.

    Not to quibble (who believes that?), but I think it could be called Early Modern rather than Late Middle — if you agree it sounds Shakespearean, he’s usually counted Early Modern.

    The tortures of thy face do sour the grapes … That’s what I meant by DO-support.

  7. Whew! I hesitated to send this, but it was too synchronous to NOT send and hope avoiding giving offense. I think I came to ‘D & R’ thru mention on this forum.

  8. Troubadours always sing and play an instrument when serenading ladies. Carrying a boom box instead of singing and playing is a joke. Singing and playing instead of carrying a boom box isn’t a joke.

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