Comics don’t just give us countless hours of entertainment -- they also shape our language. It’s possible you used at least one word or phrase today that came from the colorful pages. Yeah, not everyone approves of that -- some people might be going right now, “This pop culture thing is ruining our language, for crying out loud!” Well, about that…

Security Blanket

SECURITY BLANKET Actual security blankets were a thing in the 1920s, and the military used the term during World War II. It's because of Charles Schulz' Peanuts, however, that we use the expression now with a meaning of psychological (rather than physical) security.

Sources: Merriam-Webster


POINDEXTER Poindexter has been pretty much synonymous with nerd since the 1980s. By that time, the original, nerdy Poindexter had been a regular character of Felix the Cat for about 30 years.

Source: Word Origins

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