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  1. How so? A frickin sounds like African so Grimm amusingly got the name wrong. I don’t see anything beyond that

  2. @Mark M: “fricking” is a traditional euphemism for a rather more intense expletive also beginning with “f.” (See also: flipping; frigging; and effing.)

  3. I’m with Mark M. Why or how would Mother hear anything other than African? Both have the emphasis on the “fri” syllable to my ear. And not really an Arlo is it? How can the editor miss a spelled out euphemism. He didn’t sneak anything by.

  4. I pronounce African with accent on the Af, and “a fricking” with accent on the “frick”, an easily heard distinction.

  5. I understand that “frickin” is a way to use another word without actually saying it, but it’s not used in the way that would make it an Arlo. It’s more of a curse word.

  6. A restaurant menu found online offers a Fricken Chicassee, instead of presumably a Chicken Fricassee.

  7. A W.C. Fields radio show had Fields quizzing a bratty kid. “Who was Cecil Rhodes?” “A man!” “Yes, but what did he do?” “He died!” “What continent did he explore? A …. f-r-i-c …. a.” “A Fricka!”

    If you Google “shack of sit” you will find the Shack of Sit Furniture Showroom with plenty of chairs on display, but it is not clear whether it actually exists as a place of business. Likewise The Sofa King, where the prices are Sofa King low.

  8. And there is a Vietnamese restaurant (one of many playing off the word) Pho King Delicious.

  9. @Grawlix – “a Fricken Chicassee, instead of presumably a Chicken Fricassee”

    Which you presumably eat with a fork’n’knife rather than a knife and fork.

  10. ““fricking” is a traditional euphemism for a rather more intense expletive also beginning with “f.””

    Another interpretation is that since it’s OK to use “frickin” where “—” can’t or shouldn’t be used, they must mean different things.
    As, in fact, they do. “Frickin” is used to denote something unusually worthy of note… it’s big, or scary, or unexpected. The word is used as an intensifier in spoken English. According to Grimmy’s usage, “frickin” is something a singular elephant can do.

  11. Bill has banished strips with no sexual content to Arlo but for vulgarity. As to how objectionable “frickin” is I think would be a personal taste. Among adults I’d say “frickin” is considered pretty benign. Then again actual cursing isn’t very shocking.

    On one hand it’s hypocritical to think that the magical presence of a “u” makes the word horrific whereas “f*ck” would be utterly cryptic and acceptable. Then again supposedly talking and suggesting but not doing taboo subjects has *always* been acceptable humor.

  12. Whether or not this is objectionable is a matter of taste. But I thought the Arlo award was, at least originally, for sneaking something by the editors. Here, I’m pretty sure the editors just looked at the strip and said “Sure, this is fine.”

  13. Not sure the Cyanide and Happiness strips slipped anything past any editors nor have the nudity in This is priceless.

    Much as cartoonist like to joke about comic editors they essentially don’t exist and don’t object to anything. After all it’s be over 45 years since B.C. did the “Where the hell is heck?” joke.

    …..

    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone actually use the term “frick” to mean the literal act. And elephants tend to be private so I don’t think Grimm actually *did* so an elephant frickin’ if that was Bill’s intent. But if the joke was (as I suspect) just Grimm saying “*expletive deleted* elephant” I don’t really see this as Arlo worthy.

  14. woozy, my understanding is that the Arlo Page is different than the Arlo Award category. The Arlo Page is for material Bill thinks someone might find objectionable. The Arlo Award is for slipping something past the editors. Looking through the Arlo Award category on this page, I don’t see C&H, or This is Priceless.

  15. ” And elephants tend to be private so I don’t think Grimm actually *did* so an elephant frickin’ if that was Bill’s intent.”

    Presumably, if he had seen elephants frickin’ rather than frickin’ elephants, not only does the word order change but also the singular becomes plural.

  16. “Presumably, if he had seen elephants frickin’ rather than frickin’ elephants, not only does the word order change but also the singular becomes plural.”

    I dunno. I’ve seen a running deer, and playing dolphins and f*cking dogs. And you can’t see multiple without seeing one and …. well, sometimes it is the case that only one is actually doing anything.

  17. What Winter Wallaby is correct: that said, it’s often a judgment call.

    C&H and Priceless aren’t eligible for the Arlo Award because C&H doesn’t go through any editorial oversight and I assume Priceless never appears in newspapers and GoComics doesn’t censor it.

  18. woozy, the joke about the Native American with the unusual name doesn’t work so well if the punch line is “Why do you ask, Two F*cking Dogs?” instead of “Why do you ask, Two Dogs F*cking?”

  19. Th writers of Silkwood presumably didn’t realize in time that the same joke was used in Whose Life Is It Anyway two years earlier.

  20. @ Andréa – At first I thought “Be alert: the world needs more lerts!“, but then I remembered a very similar Kliban strip (I couldn’t turn it up at GoComics, so i had to hunt elsewhere):

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