June 11th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 12 June 2016

It's time for another Unintentional Hypocrisy Theater when Elly interrupts a pointless argument with John to tell the kids to argue about something that actually matters.

(Strip Number 6704, Original Publication Date, 14 June 1987)

Panel 1: We find John soaking in the tub and declaring it to be the place where a man can escape his daily troubles.

Panel 2: As if on cue, Elly asks if she and her need to inject pointless conflict into a situation can come in.

Panel 3: The strip proper begins when she gets on his case about starting a new bar of soap before the old one is all used up.

Panel 4: When he asks what the problem with that is, she doubles down on the angry martyrdom when pointing out that she's left with a bunch of soggy little lumps in the soap dish.

Panel 5: When he says he can't take all the blame for it, she starts in by saying it's mostly him. She then notices something that has to be suppressed and tells him to hold on for a second.

Panel 6: Rage-Faced Elly stomps down the hall to bellow at someone for piddly crap no one else but her would be infuriated by: her children doing the are so-are not thing.

Panel 7: It so happens that Lizzie wants Mom to FORCE Mike to admit that she's six and a half. Lizzie should know better by now.

Panel 8: I think she does learn better when Elly does the palms out pleading gesture of Why Are You EVIL CHILDREN Wasting My Time and half-way shrieks "HONESTLY! If you're going to argue about something, make it WORTHWHILE!"

Summary: Not only is Elly a dimwitted hypocrite, she also packs a lot of negative meaning into the word 'honestly.' When she uses it, it usually means that she thinks that the person she's bellowing at is trying to waste her time on something stupid out of malice.