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  1. Noodling is a gross fishing technique.
    Noodling, noodle can, canoeing, canoodling?
    Reminds me of Lewis Caroll.

  2. Canoodling is another term for “making out”. In this case, it’s a guy slurping noodles in a canoe.

  3. Thanks, I’d never encountered that word before. Probably has an interesting origin.
    Now, this is a lol, as well.

  4. Nice — we have the canoe, and the noodles, just not the canoodling itself!

    Hey, the squirrel didn’t have anything to add?

  5. Here are some suggestions for that f*&$#* squirrel:

    It’s nice to get away from the ziti!

    Maybe I’ll go fishing in an hour orzo!

    Up a creek without a pasta-le!

    Mac and trees!

    Lake-sagna!

  6. The French saying is about butter and the money for butter: ‘vouloir le beurre et l’argent du beurre’.

  7. Also there is an expression “noodling around” or “just noodling”, I think most commonly in a musical context — but applied to writing as well, as a theme in the brilliant shaped-typing novel “Double or Nothing” by Raymond Federman, which I discussed at some length in CIDU comments recently.

    Lexico.com [my now favorite online dictionary resource — partnership of Oxford and … Dictionary.com??] has the musical sense for ‘noodling’ —

    https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/noodling

    Definition of noodling in English:
    noodling
    Pronunciation /ˈno͞od(ə)liNG/ /ˈnud(ə)lɪŋ/
    NOUN
    informal
    The action of improvising or playing casually on a musical instrument.

    More example sentences
    ‘ambient synthesizer noodling’

  8. According to various online sources, canoodle can have American, German, Scandinavian or English roots. It’s often listed as “obscure” in origin.

    I recall hearing the term originating with a local park along the Charles River in the Boston area where one could rent a canoe and “canoodle” with your sweetheart. Later on I discovered that to be a folk etymology.

  9. Chak, wait, how can you love the comic if you don’t get the title? If you don’t get the Oy, isn’t it just a boring drawing of a guy eating pasta in a canoe?

  10. Oops, I left that comment on the wrong comic.

    Sometimes I really miss my brain.

    I remembered where I first heard the term ‘caniodling’: on a BBC show called ‘As Time Goes By’.

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