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Explanations for words & phrases in Dilbert

Sunday, May 13, 2018


A small tool or machine.


A slightly politer swear word.


Try to make someone doubt their own memory of something. The expression come from a 1938 stage play, Gas Light, where the husband tells his wife what she has seen couldn’t have happened.


People who like to say negative things.

Eat dirt and die

The more common expression is Eat shit and die, but since Dilbert is published in family friendly newspapers, Scott Adams went with a nicer version.

Monday, May 14, 2018


Feeling happy and light-headed from the effect of a drug (the phrase comes from the 60s when people started using the drug LSD).


Not able to think clearly.

Plague rat

A reference to the Black Plague in the mid-fourteenth century that killed an estimated 100 million people, approximately 25% of the world’s population. It is believed the plague was spread by fleas that lived on rats.


Muscle twitches that cause a person’s body to move uncontrollably.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Provide information that someone did something wrong.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Use a pattern for comparison as a way to decide what something new is.


A way to calculate or evaluate something.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

No special vocabulary for Thursday

Friday, May 18, 2018

Stress balls

Small, soft balls that people enjoy squeezing.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

You’ll never amount to anything

An expression many mothers use when their children have become very lazy about doing their school-work.