comic strip words revisited

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Dec 28 15:32:20 UTC 2006

Earlier than 50s for 'Notary Sojac,' a sign that hung on the wall
(with no relation to the strip goings-on) in the Gasoline Alley
strip, whose hero was one "Smoky Stover."

As for "potrzebie," this web account is linguistically correct (I'm
not sure about the aspirin bottle historical stuff):

"It's a Polish word - means something along the lines of "necessary"
(needed/required/wanted) modulo losses in translation.... Mad
publisher (in both senses) William Gaines encountered the word
"potrzebie" on a the label of a bottle of Polish aspirin.

dInIs (lirttle older'n LH; read the funnies in the early 40s)

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>Subject:      comic strip words revisited
>Today's Zippy the Pinhead (courtesy of the Washington Post), a strip
>called "Schluburbia" contains this exchange:
>Nov shmoz ka pop?
>Notary sojac!
>Nize baby! Banana oil! Jeep!
>Potrzebie! Axolotl! Fershlugginer!
>Everything I know I learned from old comic strips...
>(Some of these I recall from my old Mad Magazine subscription in the 50s.)
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