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The Lexicon of Comicana is a 1980 book by the American cartoonist Mort Walker. It was intended as a tongue-in-cheek look at the devices that cartoonists utilize in their craft. In it, Walker invented an international set of symbols called symbolia. Additional symbolia terms include whiteope, sphericasia, that-a-tron, spurls, oculama, crottles, maledicta
balloons, farkles, doozex, staggeration, boozex, digitrons, nittles, quimp andjarns.

I love language and I think it’s wonderful that these surreal terms, invented by Walker as satire, are now often used by cartoonists when describing the mechanics of their work.

It is a case of life imitating art. Satire is often rendered obsolete by the great parody that is life. My word of the day is staggeration.

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