Subversive brilliance

The language log has pointed to yet another instance of subversive brilliance in the daily comic strip Get Fuzzy. See the link to log for the 5 strips in question.

The creator of “Get Fuzzy,” Darby Conley, has become a master of obliqueness, since even indirect references to obscenity, drugs, or other “adult content” can get the strip banned from newspapers around the country. Most recently, “Get Fuzzy” was censored in September by the Tribune for a strip featuring a double entendre on the phrase “nut crunch.” And last January the Washington Post and other papers pulled a series of strips in which Bucky came up with campaign slogans inadvertently referring to marijuana use. Conley obviously enjoys using wordplay to test the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in “family” newspapers, so the blending gambit looks like his latest attempt to toy with the sensibilities of local editors. In Chicago, at least, suggestive blends have been deemed off-limits, a decision I would consider rather Satchel + Bucky.