Friday, December 14, 2012

Hi and Lois watch

[Hi and Lois, December 14, 2012.]

Dot Flagston, look again: there is one door on the side of your family’s station wagon.

It was a car-safety problem that turned me into a close reader of Hi and Lois. The fun never ends. Everything about cars seems to be a challenge for those who assemble the strip.

The two-door station wagon seems hilariously improbable: the spaciousness of a wagon, the awkwardness of . . . a compact? (Especially improbable with baby Trixie on board.) But as I just found out, two-door station wagons did exist, years ago. Perhaps there’s some inside joke inside this strip.

Related reading
All Hi and Lois posts (Pinboard)

comments: 3

Elaine Fine said...

The two-door station wagon was very elegant! I suppose the kids would just crawl in through the back.

mava said...

Slightly off-topic: is there a name for a piece of prose — like the one on two-door station wagons that you linked to — whose first word is a grammatical error?

Michael Leddy said...

Elegant, yes, but unsafe at any speed for the kids in the back. Hi and Lois have stashed Trixie there on several occasions.

I don’t know of such a name, but there should be one. It would have to convey the idea of putting your worst (or worse?) foot forward. I’d call “who’s” in that piece an error in usage. And I’ll admit to adding a hyphen in brackets to “two door” when I made the link, before deciding that I was overstepping.