(Strip Number 1370, Original Publication Date, 19 November 1988)
Panel 1: As Mike looks up the ever neat word 'narcissist' and tells her its definition (a person who loves himself) as if he were reading from a dictionary instead of a thesaurus, Lizzie tells him to get a load of this one.
Panel 2: We then switch to Elly boasting to John about how her plan to improve the children's vocabulary worked because they learned thirty new words that week.
Panel 3: John points out that they also spent half that time finding new ways to insult one another.
Panel 4: Rather than admit that her next plan should be to figure out why they act like rats in a cage, she glumly sticks to her guns and says that it's a start.
Summary: You've just watched an episode of "Wait? What was Elly's plan again?" in which her desire to somehow push profanity out of her kid's skulls by exposing them to big words failed because that's not how things actually work. In a month's time, we're going to see another Very Clever Idea that helps no one when she decides that to make the children Wonderful and Loving and Generous and Appreciative, they need to spend Christmas on a working farm in the ass end of a freezing cold December to be crammed in like sardines, lectured at by that snotty little heifer who needs her face slapped Cousin Laura and to use a honey bucket because Idiot Danny let the sewer line freeze solid like a dolt.