Saturday, 9 March 2013


Backfriend, False Friend, Traitor


Noun. Late 15th century.
[from BACK + FRIEND noun.]

1 A pretended friend; an unavowed enemy. obsolete exc. dial. L15

2 A supporter, a backer. L16

I love the ambiguity of this word; a backfriend can either be a backstabbing traitor in waiting or a faithful companion that will never leave you behind. You've noted, of course, that the negative meaning of backfriend is now considered obsolete, but then that's exactly what a conniving backfriend would want you to think, right? Whichever it is, the seeds of doubt have been planted: you'll never again hear the words 'I got your back, bro,' without feeling a gnawing sense of unease. 


  1. I shall reply here, because this post is in desperate need of comments, and also, because it seemed like the right thing to do. (Also, I hope you don't mind I reply on your blog instead of on mine. I've found people don't often check back after leaving a comment.)

    Hahaha, he's got his back XD I've seen this joke around but it keeps being funny!
    Thank you for liking my cartoons, it means a lot to me, to receive positive feedback :) I'm glad you enjoy them so much they inspired you to draw things too! You should continue! It's a great way to take your mind off things or to put things in the right perspective.

  2. Yes, it's an old joke! However, when I was thinking of a picture for it, I thought (for someone with zero artistic ability): "Hey! This is *actually* within my ability to draw! I'm going to be just like Bibi!" If only I could draw more illustrations, Bibi, but the pictures that are actually going to be within my artistic ability (which is none) are going to be very far between. And yes ... I kept meaning to say it in a comment on your blog ... your illustrations are wonderful; unique, charming and definitely a big part of what makes your blog : o )

  3. You're underestimating the power of the stick-figure! There's a guy I follow (link here), he writes kind of the same stuff as me, things that happen to him in daily life, frustrations, thoughts, and he uses stick-figures to illustrate. Granted, they're a bit more elaborate than yours, but it's just to point out that you don't have to be an artist to get a message across.