I’m a tad confused

Cidu Bill on May 6th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hilary B. Price, Rhymes With Orange, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

17 Responses to “I’m a tad confused”

  1. Folly May 6th 2013 at 12:04 am 1

    Short for tadpole…. But the joke doesn’t really jibe with the actual story.

  2. Cidu Bill May 6th 2013 at 12:11 am 2

    And of course “Tadpole” isn’t a family name anymore than “Baby” is a family name.

  3. Folly May 6th 2013 at 12:15 am 3

    Really stretching here, but Tad really is a family name in the prince’s family and the witch or rogue fairy or whatever used that factoid to influence his punishment. :)

  4. furrykef May 6th 2013 at 12:27 am 4

    I assume “family name” in this context means “name that is common in our particular family”. Saying that Baby isn’t a family name doesn’t make sense, because you don’t know what names have been used in that family.

    That said, I really don’t see much of a joke here.

  5. Proginoskes May 6th 2013 at 02:22 am 5

    @ furrykef: Remember the words of Les Claypool: “They can’t all be zingers.”

  6. minorannoyance May 6th 2013 at 02:36 am 6

    A few points for not doing the standard joke of either prince zapping a fly.

  7. Olpera May 6th 2013 at 06:24 am 7

    In case of hesitancy, google! E.g. for: tad AND “frog prince” . Makes it a joke? Well …

  8. zbicyclist May 6th 2013 at 09:41 am 8

    “Tadpole” is obviously a nickname for “Tad”. ;)

  9. Tom T. May 6th 2013 at 10:42 am 9

    Folly is right. The witch also turned Prince Joey into a kangaroo. And Prince Dung-Beetle-Larva really got hosed.

  10. James Pollock May 6th 2013 at 02:01 pm 10

    Depending on how long the prince was a frog, there might be several generations of “Tads” down at the pond. And while “tadpole” is no more a name that “Baby” is, NOBODY puts Baby in the corner.

  11. Morris Keesan May 6th 2013 at 02:37 pm 11

    First name Tad, middle name Pole.
    If they have a second child, they can name her May, and give her the same middle name.

    (In seventh grade, there was a girl in my class whose name was April and whose middle name was May)

  12. The Vicar May 6th 2013 at 03:03 pm 12

    “Tad” is actually a real diminutive, used for Thaddeus and Theodore. (Although since both of those names are really uncommon, you’re unlikely to meet one.)

  13. Pinny May 6th 2013 at 05:09 pm 13

    The name “Tad” is from the Polish branch of the family.

    Actually they could solicit others’ opinions about the name “Tad” by conducting a “Tad” poll.

  14. James Pollock May 6th 2013 at 05:54 pm 14

    When I was a tad, the cartoons all made sense. “Cow Tools” hadn’t been invented yet.

  15. jjmcgaffey May 7th 2013 at 09:47 pm 15

    My cousin is Thad (pronounced “tad”), short for Thaddeus. Or rather he was - nowadays he’s Thaddeus and won’t answer to Tad/Thad. Now in his 20s.

  16. mitch4 May 8th 2013 at 07:41 am 16

    My uncle named Thaddeus was called Ted, and came from Irish-American heritage.

  17. Elyrest May 8th 2013 at 10:54 am 17

    mitch4 - Ted and Tad sound almost identical when they come out of the mouth of someone with an Irish brogue.

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