RUBES cartoon reinforces LIE vs. LAY grammar point.

My May 16 blog post was about recognizing the difference between LIE and LAY.  Quickie Reminder: LIE means to recline (as LYING in the grave–see below). LAY means to put or place something (as in LAYING  a wreath on a soldier's grave).

Today I'd like to thank Leigh Rubin for his recent cartoon, "Greta the Grammarian," which allows me to remind readers once more about this frequently broken usage rule.

Rubes® cartoon © 2011 Leigh Rubin-Used with permission (

Why is Greta rolling over in her grave instead of resting in peace? Can you imagine a grammarian who is always careful to use good English spending eternity lying under an incorrect grave marker?  Poor girl!

When I contacted Leigh Rubin about using his cartoon, he told me that the original epitaph was as follows:

Here lays Larry

Pushing up herbs

He's much better at making mulch

Than he ever was with verbs

I like this epitaph at least as well as the one he actually chose.

Just for the record, the correct wording would be:

Greta lies beneath the clover…

Here lies Larry…

My thanks once more to Leigh Rubin for permission to use his cartoon. Be sure to check out his other work at


3 Responses to “RUBES cartoon reinforces LIE vs. LAY grammar point.”

  1. Oriana says:

    awesome but Is this possible to get the whole thing into the picture?

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