dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly versus baby-talk.

As has been noted in the past, Lynn has a very low tolerance for what she calls 'bad' English. This translates into panels loaded with contracted forms of words such as gonna, hafta, wanna, and the universally-reviled an' so Lynn can pigeon-hole their users as uneducated people who must be looked down upon. The fact that dialogue like that usually comes out of the mouth of the children of the Foobiverse is telling; it reminds us that Lynn and Elly seem to think that they have better things to do that to listen to kids. It's the second part of the one-two punch that leads off with Elly bellowing that she wants to hear adult voices instead of those of children in those children's presence. Nothing makes you feel less loved and wanted than to be told that what you have to say isn't important enough because you're 'just' a child. It's even worse to be treated like an irrelevance because your mouth simply cannot form the words your mother expects to hear; this, sadly, was the burden the children of St Elly had to bear. Because they didn't speak like a dictionary coming out of her womb, Elly acted as if they were deliberately trying to agitate her.

Tags: child rearing disasters, elly: lynn's fantasy self

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