Today’s comic is Hi & Lois.
“Hroop!” – the sound of something dropping on the ground
“What happened?” – Lois wondering what the noise was
“Trixie lost her lunch!” – Dot explaining what happened
“No, I didn’t. It’s right there!” – Trixie’s thoughts
What is going on?
Trixie has dropped her food on the ground and now she cannot eat it.
Why is this funny?
Trixie has taken the meaning of “lost” too literally. The term “lost” has two meanings.
Literally, lost means something is gone and you do not know where it is. Or that someone is lost and that they do not know where they are or where they need to go. This can be mental or physical.
Figuratively, lost can also be used as a synonym of the word drop. It means you no longer have something; it does not have to mean you do not know where it is. Usually you say lost instead of drop when someone drops something by accident.
Trixie has lost her lunch by dropping it. However Trixie does not understand that “lost” means “drop” so she is confused since she can still see her food.