in pantomime [comic strip]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by seitt, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. seitt Senior Member


    Please see:

    We are told that "Sad Sack" was originally drawn “in pantomime” – please, what does this mean?

    All the best, and many thanks,

  2. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    If you look in the Word Reference dictionary, you will see these two definitions for pantomime:
    If you look at the example shown in the Wikipedia article, you'll see that the characters do not speak.
  3. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    I found the following in the Wiki article Gag cartoon (my red highlighting):
    It seems to be a slightly different interpretation from Myridon's, but I offer it for what it's worth. (I've never heard of 'drawing in pantomime', either:eek:)
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  4. seitt Senior Member

    Ah, yes, many thanks.

    So, I think we can conclude that a pantomime cartoon carries no caption and has no speech bubbles or any other kind of dialogue, but may or may not make use of written signs.

    The difficulty is in the details.
  5. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London but from Yorkshire
    English - England
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  6. seitt Senior Member

    Much obliged!
  7. redgiant Senior Member

    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    I was wondering if you would loosely call this multiple-panel comic strip from "Old Master Q" as pantomime. It carries no caption but there's a title that helps reader understand the story on top of the panel. Does "pantomime" have to be devoid of any written signs including "a title"?
  8. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    This is a specifically American meaning of "pantomime". To be distinguished from the British meaning "fairy-tale stage show".
  9. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    Did you look at the example in the link above? It has a written sign of the words the character wants to say. There is no official body governing the usage of the word. Marcel Marceau was the only person to speak in "Silent Movie" and they didn't take away his mime club membership card.
  10. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    Just to close the loop, that was entry #1 in the dictionary

  11. aefrizzo

    aefrizzo Senior Member

    Palermo, Italia
    1) (in Britain) a kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokes

    Just "panto", at times on the press advertising about "what's on in London".
  12. Wordsmyth

    Wordsmyth Senior Member

    Location: Mostly SW France
    Native language: English (BrE)
    ... and which, for those who don't know it, is definitely not mime — it's quite the opposite.:)


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