----> If this is deemed too off-topic, please delete it or ask me to do so. I just thought it'd be fun to find the perfect insult for these characters, because I am a nerd. :)
"There's a Word for It!" by Charles Elster, and the OED, helped muchly with his entry.
I'm going to do a slightly different recap here, as this book is actually three collections in one, so I'll break it down accordingly. The first part of the collection is Lynn's 1989 biography, including drawings from her childhood, high school, art school, time as a medical illustrator and on into the first three collections of single-panel work, David, We're Pregnant, Hi Mom, Hi Dad, and Do They Ever Grow Up? which led to FBorFW.
Since the biography concerns real people rather than the characters in the strip, I'm only going to note only those parts which have influenced the strip. I'm sure this collection is available at libraries for anyone wanting the full story, but don't forget that there have been some significant real life retcons.
And April magically skips ahead a year or two and gets accepted to Guelph.
Also mentioned here and here.
- John telling Liz he's proud of her in response to her asking what he thought of the wedding. Reason: She "grew up" and put all the nonsense about defining herself as something other than an extension of her parent's will.
- Weed showing up and turning into the Unnecessary Exposition Fairy by telling them this is a great opportunity for a father-daughter portrait.
- Weed giving them pointers on how to look as if they care about each other. No spontaneity for the Pattersaints. They've got to say they're wonderful with their eyes.
- The two of them thought-bubbling "You're something... wonderful" to each other while looking as if they want to have white-hot sex with each other.
- Me being ashamed to be an English-speaking Canadian.
- Me trying to figure out what the Hell Weed did in panel three that made them look like they wanna vomit in terror.