Today’s comic is Dilbert.
“I’m the victim of an ugly rumor at work.” – Dilbert to Dogbert
“Are you saying that the rumor is ugly or that the rumor is that you’re ugly?” – Dogbert asking Dilbert
“I’m saying the rumor itself is ugly.” – Dilbert
“Well, then I have more bad news for you.” – Dogbert
A rumor is when someone hears something or makes up something and passes the information around like it is true. Rumors are usually only partially true or completely false.
The word ugly means someone or something is physically very bad looking. It is the opposite of beautiful.
An ugly rumour means a bad rumour. Spreading an ugly rumour means that someone is telling people bad things about something or someone that are not true. An ugly rumour is like a lie.
What is going on?
Someone is spreading terrible (and probably mean) lies about Dilbert around. Dogbert was not sure if Dilbert meant false information was being spread about him or if the rumors were about people saying that Dilbert was ugly.
Dogbert’s bad news is probably that he thinks that Dilbert looks ugly. Dogbert and Dilbert have a love and hate relationship.
Note: Is it “rumour” or “rumor”? There are two ways to spell the word rumour. Rumour with a “u” is British and rumor without the “u” is American. Both forms of the word are acceptable.