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No. 1117: 'Lawsey' Explained

'Lawsey' Explained

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Strip by: Cody

{Jon points at Lyman's suitcase}
Jon: Is that all you have, the one suitcase?
Lyman: Not exactly.
{Garfield stares as a "new" dog runs past}
Lyman: {off-frame} Here, boy!
{Garfield turns and faces the wall}
Garfield: Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy...

The author writes:

I'm actually friends with a Paws, Inc. employee. I emailed them and asked for an explanation for this strip. To quote the exact words: "Lawsey is an Indiana term. Sort of means 'Lord' or 'Lordy'." So, imagine Garfield saying that in the last frame and it makes perfect sense.

As for the inspiration for the strip, it came from this particular web site. If you scroll down to the second comic, it'll say, quote, "This is the strip that introduces Odie. Garfield's reaction instantly baffled me and it still does. When I read 'Oh Lawsey, Lawsey, Lawsey,' and had no idea what or who a Lawsey was, I figured 'oh well, I'm sure I'll know what this means when I get older.' Well, now I'm older. And I still don't know what a Lawsey is."

So, whoever did this, this one's for you. This is the explanation.

Note: I see I haven't been here in a while. The bottom of the page has a message from the person who did this, they now know what a "Lawsey" is. As the titular orange cat would say, "Good for you... now get a life"

Original strip: 1978-08-08.