When I was a kid, I read the phrase “never use a big word when a minuscule one will do” somewhere and claimed it as my own, dropping it constantly, as I personally thought it was one of the most ludicrously clever things I’d ever heard. This, as one might expect, often resulted in my ass being kicked by the usual suspects – i.e. the kids whose involuntary response to any word with more than two syllables was brutal violence (ironic, given that these kids would seem likely to agree with the sentiment expressed, if not the obnoxious nerdy way I delivered it.)
Originally the punchline for this was the woman going off on the guy for clearly planning this conversation. That didn’t quite work, so I threw in some gratuitous icky parental sex instead. Blah blah punchline whatever, I just wanted to mention moisture-wads (“wet-nuggets” in the original draft.)
MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP: Pretty funny.