Breaking Bad

Cidu Bill on Apr 19th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

20 Responses to “Breaking Bad”

  1. billybob Apr 19th 2013 at 12:32 am 1

    crash test dummy’s day job is studying the results of bad braking, spends his evenings watching it too.

  2. James Pollock Apr 19th 2013 at 12:36 am 2

    “Breaking Bad” is one of the highest-buzz TV shows lately (not in “Game of Thrones” territory, but pretty high. I don’t have cable, and even I know something about the show.

    Malcolm’s dad sure has changed.

  3. John Small Berries Apr 19th 2013 at 01:37 am 3

  4. steve Apr 19th 2013 at 02:12 am 4

    The joke is: “Breaking Bad” is a tv show about people who have broken from the right way. It’s about criminal activities. The robot understands that it is about mundane mechanical failure. Not really a memorable cartoon.

  5. jjmcgaffey Apr 19th 2013 at 04:03 am 5

    Best vs highest buzz - apples and oranges.

    I hadn’t heard of it - I thought it was a movie, actually. But then, I watch essentially no TV.

  6. The Ploughman Apr 19th 2013 at 09:07 am 6

    Thanks, billybob. I missed the joke - “Braking,” not “Breaking.”

  7. mitch4 Apr 19th 2013 at 09:24 am 7

    I’d agree that “Breaking Bad” is one of the best shows on TV in recent years. I don’t have cable either, so only get to see it at the mercy of the release schedule to streaming services.

    But what I never could fathom has been the title. Not that I can’t figure it out. But it’s used as though we would just recognize it, not have to figure it out. And while I would think it familiar to hear “Which way is it gonna break?”, I knew of nobody who could at all naturally use the -ing form in some plausible variant. And “bad” could not be a answer there — at best in the turned-around form “that was a bad break!”.

  8. Pinny Apr 19th 2013 at 09:45 am 8

    From a forum entry on
    From Wikipedia:
    “The title of the series comes from the American Southwest slang phrase “to break bad,” meaning to challenge conventions, to defy authority and to skirt the edges of the law. The series is set in (and is shot in and near) Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

  9. mitch4 Apr 19th 2013 at 09:49 am 9

    Thanks, Pinny. I’ve known about that kind of claim, but it’s really very post-hoc. Have you ever seen it backed up by citations to some corpus, predating the show?

  10. Judge Mental Apr 19th 2013 at 10:05 am 10

    Given that the tagline was “Breaking Bad”, I am confused as to why this was a CIDU. The tagline suggests knowledge that there is a show title that (unless we accept that some readers just knew the “Southwest slang” in #7.. which I am dubious). Was it not recognizing the TV viewer as a crash-test dummy? Did the brain just process “braking” with the alternative spelling?

    Side note: that dummy sure is dedicated to his job, even the artwork in his home is a depiction of his “office”.

  11. AMC Apr 19th 2013 at 11:21 am 11

    Apparently, Bill just methed it.

  12. UXO Apr 19th 2013 at 11:46 am 12

    This was a LOL for me… but I investigate car crashes, so I got it instantly.

  13. New-ish Guy Apr 19th 2013 at 02:31 pm 13

    Why does the crash test dummy have a picture of a brick wall in his house? Seems like this guy can’t separate his work life from his personal life on several levels.

  14. Pinny Apr 19th 2013 at 03:29 pm 14

    Re: mitch4 (#8)

    Here are some websites that used the phrase before the show was conceived. The show ran from Jan 2008. I limited Google results to Jan 1, 2003 or earlier:
    From the rules of a game called: Pop Smarts that was released in 2001
    “Rule #9: Don’t break bad
    Finally, a word about etiquette. Let’s be honest here; we’re in favor of fierce competition and making your opponents weep from insults, catcalls, and trash talking. But there’s gotta be a line here, and “Take My Wife, Please” is not that line. So if you guess incorrectly on a question, don’t ruin the game for the others by randomly calling out more answers. Take your medicine and take comfort in the fact that because of risk-takers like you, we actually put a man on the moon. You’ll get the chance to redeem yourself on the next question.”
    Jun 15, 2000
    “Um… OK. I don’t want to break bad on anybody, but I totally want to keep this above board and diplomatic and everything.”
    This is from an interview that seems to have appeared on line in June 2000.]
    Jan 31, 2002
    “Break bad, make up, then do it again”
    [this is from an album that was released May 22, 2001.]
    Jan 31, 2001
    “Billboard magazine was so smitten with the single “Six Pacs,” they effusively predicted the Getaway People would “break bad” with the track. ”
    [This is from a column published June 30, 2000.]
    Oct 2, 2002
    “Are you being sarcastic or something, cause if you are, I might have to break bad on your”
    Jan 31, 2001
    “I wouldn’t break bad if you come from out of town”
    Jan 31, 2001
    “Postulate #2.
    Never break BAD on anyone unless they have invaded your space.”

  15. mitch4 Apr 19th 2013 at 03:38 pm 15

    Excellent! You’ve convinced me!

    Particularly valuable for dating this are the ones with quotation marks on the phrase, indicating more or less that the author felt it as new or unusual or still marked as slang.

  16. Pinny Apr 19th 2013 at 05:58 pm 16

    Re mitch4 (#14)

    FWIW, I had no idea what I would find before I ran the Google search. But as you had brought up a good point in #8 and I was curious, I looked it up and shared my findings.

  17. Bob in Nashville Apr 19th 2013 at 06:13 pm 17

    Groa-oa-oan! Good pun.

  18. turquoisecow Apr 19th 2013 at 07:53 pm 18

    Shouldn’t it be “Braking Badly“?

    /grammar nerd

  19. Molly J Apr 21st 2013 at 10:19 am 19

    He’s a crash test dummy, so breaking bad…not breaking good! At least that’s how I read it.

  20. Kilby Apr 23rd 2013 at 03:52 am 20

    Even though today’s Bug isn’t synchronous, it’s still worth mentioning here:

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