(Strip Number 6052, Original Publication Date, 17 May 1989)
Panel 1: Elly tells the children that they need to talk (by which she means "I get to talk and you don't") about how she thinks that if they read more and watched less television, there would be an improvement in the way they spoke (by which she means "I'm blaming television and not the horrible example I and your father set for your swearing habit and you should too") because it's becoming appalling (by which she means "Shame on you for making me live in a world wherein I have to be aware of your behaviour").
Panel 2: When she tells them that they should hear themselves speak because sound like complete illiterates (instead of incomplete illiterates like the lazy jerk perpetrating this mess), Mike thought-bubbles "Not this again" because this happens pretty much every year or so during Sweeps Month.
Panel 3: Jim is probably asking Marian why she's talking about how it feels as if someone was walking on her grave as we speak when Elly says that in her day, they didn't use four-letter words to describe every little thing because THEY knew how to communicate. Mike tells Liz that Mom is right about that.
Panel 4: Mike irritates Elly by reminding her that 'groovy' has six letters in it.
Summary: I can well imagine Elly whining to her fellow incompetent failure Connie about how her cruel children force her to speak like her own unreasonable and inhumane mother because she wants to be their pal but for some reason that isn't her, she can't be. This is because I do a really cruel and selfish thing called "remembering the past properly" and thus live in a cruel world that hates Elly and tells her "You've had it in for your kids ever since the fucking epidural wore off, you jerk!!"