Any Preconceived Notions You’d Like to Spout Off About?

preconceived notions

There’s that moment when you’re writing a cartoon that you just know you have the caption right. It can take a while, and often it means pruning or changing just one word – but you can feel when you have it.

For me, this cartoon hinges almost completely on the word “spout.” Once I had “spout” I knew this cartoon was good to go.

Here’s some of the other endings I’d considered:

  • “…talk to you about.” (Too weak.)
  • “…go on and on about.” (Too long.)
  • “…air.” (Too conciliatory.)
  • “…foist on you.” (Clumsy, but let’s remember to use “foist” somewhere later.)
  • “…spew.” (Kind of icky.)

See what I mean? “Spout” is the answer.


Mark Anderson

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,

2 Reactions

  1. Aira Bongco

    Such a play on words. I do see where you’re coming from. Spout is really the right word for it.

  2. Spout’s a really good fit! Second best for me would have been “foist on you”. I like that. 🙂

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