Declined . . Err, Reclined to Comment

business cartoon

I’m constantly on the prowl for words, phrases, any snippet of language that I think I can play with. I think I heard this on the radio one day. Someone somewhere wasn’t happy about something and “declined to comment.”

Once something like that pops out at me, my head begins to run it through all sorts of cartoony filters. Can I use it with an animal? Can I reverse it? Exaggerate it? Does it sound like something else?

Obviously that last technique is what I used here. Change “declined” to “reclined,” back up just a bit to involve a big comfy chair, and you get this cartoon.

The cartoon itself is sort of medium funny, but what amuses me more is the idea of some executive putting his feet up, laying back a bit, maybe grabbing the remote, and then holding forth on the state of his business. That’s pretty funny.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website,

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  1. I’m the same with words, always messing about with them. Except I’m not a cartoonist. No skill there, I’m afraid. A favourite of mine is street talk and reducing words to their fundamental phonetical values: git wid duh thymes blud. Length messages take a while to write but they’re always funny to read!