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Oddly, after three tales of saving children’s lives by embracing multicultural realities and working hard in school, the character here I most admire is the pointy-nose teacher from the Wilbur story.

Archie’s just a decent guy who does his homework. That teacher is a Machiavellian genius with a cruel sense of humor. She’s like the love child of Sir Toby Belch and Miss Havisham.

…which I guess would also explain her face.

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I don’t have the inexhaustible archives of MGK, but I remember an Archie digest story where Archie was doing well in French class, to the loud contempt of Reggie and Veronica. Later, at the beach, Archie was able to help a lost little girl who spoke only French (perhaps it was a Lake Ontario beach), and was rewarded by her hot older sister. Poorly-sourced counterfactual, I know, but have I ever lied to you?

It’s odd how all of these stories of Archie’s prowess as a cunning linguist are interspersed with the predominant portrayal of his indifferent scholastic skills. Is it because foreign language skills are a way to score with hot chicks, which isn’t possible with algebra (at least for most people)?

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Archie is pretty all-American, right? In that case, Spanish is an unofficial language, something that is actually spoken by Americans. On the other hand, French is truly foreign, and as such is only taken for petty reasons.

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Mary Warner said on February 18th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

In the US, French is commonly associated with snobbery and pretention. In bad movies and cartoons and such, rich snobs will always toss out a few French phrases to demonstrate their superiority. (Miss Piggy might be a good example.) So naturally, with that image, French is usually the language that annoys people the most.
I assume it must be a lot different in Canada.

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Bryce (Mouser) said on February 18th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I seem to recall seeing an Archie story in the 1980s that had an actual year in it – and you could see where they had whited out the year at LEAST twice and redone it – once from the 1950s…

It’s interesting when they try to teach life lessons.

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mds: Maybe he’s just really good with languages, and terrible at everything else?

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Boy, I wish I could use my Spanish skills like that.

All people ever ask me are taco-related things.

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Not all Canadians have a good opinion of french. I went to school with two who had serious and only semi-rational issues with Quebec and anything vaguely related.

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