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    history

    I would like to know why he thinks he's going to be history.


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    Re: history

    I don't get it either.

    If it's a joke, it's a very poor one.

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    Re: history

    I'm not a teacher, but I have read Blondie before!

    Dagwood is saying that the way things are going, he will be a part of history soon. In other words, he will be dead. And when he's dead, he will no longer need his wallet. I agree it's not that funny, but I suppose it's helpful when learning English idioms.

    "You are history!" is something one schoolboy might say to another when threatening him on the playground.

    It doesn't have to mean literally dead though.

    One might say of an athlete "He's history" meaning he is part of the past: no longer skilled or no longer relevant.
    Last edited by luschen; 06-Apr-2011 at 23:36.

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    Re: history

    Quote Originally Posted by luschen View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but I have read Blondie before!

    Dagwood is saying that the way things are going, he will be a part of history soon. In other words, he will be dead. And when he's dead, he will no longer need his wallet. I agree it's not that funny, but I suppose it's helpful when learning English idioms.

    "You are history!" is something one schoolboy might say to another when threatening him on the playground.

    It doesn't have to mean literally dead though.

    One might say of an athlete "He's history" meaning he is part of the past: no longer skilled or no longer relevant.
    I completely disagree with this even though I haven't "read Blondie before!". This kind of meaning is rare, if present at all, in newspaper strips which, aside from a few notable exceptions, specialize in broad inoffensive humour and avoid any serious theme.

    Not knowing the typical character interactions in this strip, I will say I'm more inclined to see this as his comment on his kids growing up and him not being needed any longer.

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