dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The failure fallacy.

As you've noticed over the last four and a half years, I tend to make light of the odder and more annoying mental defects of the Patterson family by using flippant catch phrases. As an example, when I want to say that April doesn't want to admit that she views Becky through the distorting prism of jealousy, envy and begrudgery, I have her blathering about how Becky wants to crush her with her star power. This annoying turn of phrase seemed to best express April's burning envy, her yearning for her rival's humiliating defeat and a terror of people who are happier than she is.

The reason that I brought that back up is that there's another of my examples of catch-phrasery that applies to the garbage gastritis arc: Elly's belief that if she is sincere enough in telling Farley what she wants, he won't prowl around loose and eat garbage. What this means is that Elly seems to believe that if she has to change the way she does things when dealing with the poor, benighted creature, she has completely and totally failed as a pet owner. The same idiot kid who wanted to take a pill to be good at math without enduring the horrible studying and its accompanying humiliation grew up to be an idiot woman who thinks that if she has to change how she lives her life just because she finds herself dealing with a dog or children, that would mean that she would fail at life and get laughed at for not knowing things. When you combine her terror of having to admit that she doesn't know what she's talking about with her imbecilic belief that since a precaution isn't one hundred percent effective, it's one hundred percent useless, you start to wonder why the people who think that it is a four-year old Liz that Farley died saving wouldn't have been right.
Tags: elly on her cross, elly versus the real world, one big oblivious family

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