February 28th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 29 February 2016

After Connie boasts about Greg's super-impossible crazy no-way transfer and how it's a dream (possibly of the opium variety) come true, Lizzie is evil and chaotic and wrong when she channels Pig from Pearls Before Swine and takes a slang expression literally.

(Strip Number 4775, Original Publication Date, 2 March 1987)

Panel 1: Now that Connie has arrived to look for a new house, she tells Elly that she and Greg didn't know until the week before that they were moving.

Panel 2: She goes on to explain that since Greg was manager of the Thunder Bay branch of his bank, it seemed unlikely that they'd be transferred to Milborough.

Panel 3: When she suggests someone pinch her so she knows she's not dreaming this wonderful thing that's happened, we see Lizzie staring at her arse because she thinks that an adult has told her to pinch her someplace.

Panel 4: Although Elly does stop Elizabeth from pinching Connie's backside, yelling Lizzie's name so alarms Connie that she might as well have been pinched.

Summary: While the intended message is that children are 'bad' because they don't understand slang, the problem is that the cure is effectively the same as the disease. Elly's shouting when quietly intercepting Lizzie would have done the job has the same effect as what was presented: a terrified Connie spilling her coffee.