Big Nate (11/6/10)

I’m not sure if the rules allow for it or not, but using a contraction in a haiku sure feels like cheating to me. The second line of this Brazil Nut-bashing poem reads, “Don’t try to claim you like them.” That’s seven syllables, all right, but it’s a cheap seven syllables. After all, “don’t” is one misplaced apostrophe and one extra vowel away from “do not.” If the kid in this strip had wanted to pen a bullet-proof haiku, he would have revised his second line, perhaps replacing it with, “Do not pretend you like them.”

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