The English language has multiple double-meaning mishaps which Thomas has a hard time comprehending. If it weren’t for all the slang terms in everyday language, Thomas would probably be the best communicator and Kurt wouldn’t find frustration in his answer. Thomas will always be the logical thinker: without expression, feeling, or any relevant terms that coincide with the present. Almost like Spock from Star Trek. The take away from this cartoon is that we all interpret things differently.
Some of you may know the expression “pinned.” It has multiple meanings nowadays and probably did back in the 1950s. It’s meaning back then was when a young man gave a silver pin or something of value to his sweetheart showing a sign of “going steady” and later marriage. I know, not exactly what you were thinking, right? The real joke here is that Jonathan, having the old soul, knows the double-meaning while no one else does. You may be asking yourself, “How does Ian know about this?” After getting hooked on musical theatre, a fourteen year old version of me got to play Harvey Johnson on stage in “Bye Bye Birdie.” I still cringe at some of these memories, but for your entertainment, here is a link of the song “Telephone Hour” posted below, I am the one in the red vest trying to get a date to the prom. Oh, the irony!
The Telephone Hour