The Press: Comic-Strip Language

Whether U.S. comic strips are a menace to children is an old and vexing question to conscientious parents. This week came a partial answer.

George E. Hill, professor of Education, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, diligently studied the language of 16 different daily newspaper comics (384 strips altogether) for a month. He did not study comic magazines, nor did he concern himself with the activities of comic-strip characters. He was interested solely in finding out how comics might influence a child's vocabulary. He found that:

> 9,302 different words were used in the strips studied. Nearly...

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