398: Tap That Ass
|Tap That Ass|
Title text: Hey, when you're done draining the syrup, just leave the hole, okay?
This comic uses verbal irony to exploit the application of double meanings. The phrase "tap that ass" is a colloquialism for "to have intercourse with that person" and is most likely how the reader expects the phrase to be used. However, throughout the comic, this is not the case.
In the first panel, it is possible that Cueball is using "tap that ass" sexually. However, it is more likely that he is using "tap" to mean "pick" or "choose", in which case he would be willing to be chosen to be the committee chair. "That ass" refers to one of the individuals in the meeting room to exchange positions with.
In the second panel, "tap" is referring to wiretapping. It is possible that it is being referenced in a sexual manner, but makes much less sense that the wiretapping explanation. "That ass" likely refers to the person on the telephone, although the person on the telephone might be attempting to acquire a warrant, prompting the thought.
In the third panel, "tap" is referring to extracting sap from trees. A sexual connotation would make no sense in this context. "That ass" refers to the maple tree.
In the final panel, Cueball attempts to take the scenario from the third frame and interpret it sexually, showing how absurd it would be to assume "tap that ass" always refers to having intercourse.
There is debate as to whether or not it is the same person throughout the comic.
- [Cueball in a hallway looking in on a board meeting.]
- Cueball: I'd tap that ass to be the new committee chair.
- [Cueball wearing headphones with a briefcase and a laptop. Another man on a telephone.]
- Cueball: I'd tap that ass without a warrant.
- [Cueball with his hand on his chin, looking at a tree.]
- Cueball: I'd tap that ass and extract delicious maple syrup.
- [Cueball standing in a blank frame.]
- Cueball: I'd have sex with that tree.