For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. onetrack0246

    onetrack0246 said, almost 4 years ago

    Good 1

  2. Locura

    Locura said, almost 4 years ago

    I remember this is part of why mom and dad always insisted on correct pronunciation around us and always using a full vocabulary. This strip, right here.

  3. hildigunnur

    hildigunnur GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Heh yes – we’ve always spoken to our kids as were they grown-ups. How on earth are they supposed to know correct pronunciation and vocabulary if it isn’t used around them?

  4. Tog

    Tog said, almost 4 years ago

    My parents always insisted on using correct pronunciation too. I wonder if that manifests itself these days in my refusal to use text speak on the odd occasion when I have to text someone. Or am I just an old curmudgeon. Me dunno.

  5. psychlady

    psychlady said, almost 4 years ago

    You wonder why? If I didn’t know this comic was being rerun, I would wonder if she will ever speak like an adult!! Get with the program, Elly!!!

  6. Mai Griffin

    Mai Griffin said, almost 4 years ago


    Well said. English grammar was easy for me when I started school because my parents spoke correctly. If something didn’t sound right, it was wrong! How sad it is that standards have fallen so low in eighty years.

  7. freewaydog

    freewaydog said, almost 4 years ago

    My mom spoke Yiddish to her friends or my aunt.

  8. Jean

    Jean said, almost 4 years ago

    I never spoke like this to my children once they were older than like 18 months or so. Up that point it is ok (IMHO) to speak in “baby language” to a child. Once they were up walking and feeding themselves, it was time to talk to them in real words.

  9. rusty gate

    rusty gate said, almost 4 years ago

    I suppose my parents spoke in baby talk to me, I know they did to my son and to many babies I saw them hold and care for. We, my wife and I, babied and goo-gooed our son and other infants.

    You know what, they all survived just fine, no speech impediments and it didn’t socially destroy them amongst their peers. I guess I’m in the minority here, but I have no problem with what Ellie is doing here, and what my parents and my wife and I have done, and will likely continue to do when our grandchildren come along. They will be just fine.

  10. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, almost 4 years ago

    My mom’s parents spoke German in front of the kids, so they couldn’t understand what was being said. Apparantly they did it way too much though, because to this day, my mom and her sibs all understand spoken German…

  11. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, almost 4 years ago

    knowing your mother tongue is great. My parents spoke German at home and that was how we all communicated at home. I found it hard in elementary school because I had a slight accent and you know how kids are.

  12. masnadies

    masnadies said, almost 4 years ago

    Scientists go back and forth on whether baby talk (or the sing-songy intonation) is good or bad. I just can’t do it, and I am proud every time someone asks one of my kids (at about age 3) “Can I?” and they respond “Yes, you may.” Of course, some “errors” of pronunciation, syntax, etc. are developmental and can’t be avoided.

  13. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 4 years ago

    I’ve always talked in normal words and voice to my kids. My oldest always spoke more maturely, but my youngest had a couple of words that she had trouble with (i.e. “instresting”, “pafific”), so I guess it just depends.

  14. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 4 years ago

    My mom does not know proper and correct English. She speaks English. When she was a child grew up in small one room school, she is 87, back then school board brought in HS students ready to leave school to teach students and those HS teens were then not properly educated. Imagine this the male teen told students if you cannot pronounce or say a word use wheelbarrow. There was lots of wheelbarrows being spoken. So sad. Results I was not brought up to speak proper English. Nor when I was a kid did I learn nouns, proverbs, verbs, proper nouns and the list goes on. School house rock helped some. When I grew up if we did not know the name of something we spoke of we called it whactha-mecall-it or thing-a-majig.

  15. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 4 years ago

    I always believed in speaking normally to my kids from day one. It just didn’t seem in me to talk “baby talk”. I might have missed out on the “fun”.

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