We quote a lot of stuff at our house. A LOT of stuff. Mostly movies, and TV shows, among other things. I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband and I have had a whole conversation in movie quotes. Hey, that would be a really neat game. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” used to do games where you spoke only in song titles. I’ve always wanted to try that.
But I digress… which reminds me of digest. But this is not a rhyming game. But…”Rhyming is fun.”
We don’t quote stuff that other people quote, mostly more obscure stuff. What brought this whole post on? Today my husband took both kids and the dog to drive to his sister’s house to pick up some stuff she’d done for him, as well as stop in and see the folks. I packed them each a drink and snacks, and as they went out the door I yelled “Have fun storming the castle!” The neighbors probably think I’m really weird. I can’t help it. It’s verbal diarrhea, it just comes out and I can’t stop it. Especially stuff like that, from “The Princess Bride”, only one of the best and most quotable movies ever. It’s a good book, too. One of the best and funniest ever written.
I get it honest, my Mom does it too. Every time we go somewhere and park, of course she quotes Star Trek IV, the scene where they leave the cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey in the park. “Everybody remember where we parked.” That’s another very funny and very quotable movie. What other movie do you get to hear Mr Spock cuss? “Perhaps now is a good time for a colorful metaphor?”
Weird weird stuff makes us quote stuff. Don’t ever talk about rueing the day. Because that really opens up a can of worms at our house. “Rue the day, who talks like that?” (Real Genius). “I rued the day once.” (Friends) Seeing a large amount of cups in one place often leads to these quotes, starting with “They will rue the day they put in me in charge of cups!” (Friends, again). Someone uses the word “youth” “Da two yutes.” “What is a yute?” “The two YOUTHS.” (My Cousin Vinny) Anytime we come across anyone called Newt “She turned me into a newt… I got better”. (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
We actually quote Monty Python almost to the point of absurdity… “We already got one. It’s verrah nice.” “I fart in your general direction!” “I’m FRENCH! Where do you think I got this OUT-RAGEOUS ACK-SENT!”
Speaking of french, anything that has the word french in it results in this: “Fronch fries, Fronch toast, Fronch dressing, and for dessert, Peru.” It costs two dollars? It results in one of us yelling “TWO DOLLARS! TWO DOLLARS!” (Better Off Dead). And of course when anyone has strange symptoms of any kind in our house, “Maybe it’s a tumor.” “It’s NOT A TOO-MAH!” Gotta go to the bathroom? “There is no BAWTHROOM!” (Kindergarten Cop). And to round out the 80s movies, who DOESN’T say “AUTOMOBEEEEEL?” when they see the word automobile written down somewhere? (Sixteen Candles)
Some things we can’t even say right anymore because it makes us think of something else. Anything that’s navy blue isn’t “navy” blue, it’s “nah-vee blue” (You know, Fronk from Father of the Bride, oh you DON’T know?). Or we make something similar to a quote in a movie. Me with my coffee: “I love coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee.” (Substitute Scotch for coffee, Anchorman). In addition to this we’ve also stolen many ideas that we work into our every day conversation. Like needing an “epiphany toilet”. Betcha can’t guess where that one came from…
And don’t forget the commercials. You know when you get things that go together, I have to say “Unicorns and glitter!” (I love Flo) My daughter has caught on to that, she can’t hear the word smooth without reciting “He’s smooth, like Keith Stone”. I’m not sure whether to be proud or horrified at that. We really watch too much TV.
Oh, and before I forget, “Rhyming is fun” comes from Scrubs. Yet another awesome TV show. Anytime we have to guess how much something costs, “I’m going to guess…seven dollars.” Also from Scrubs. I could go on and on…
Perhaps it’s all related to the recessive gene we all have in my family that causes us to burst out into song at the mention of something that reminds of a line in a song. It has to at least be in the same general area of the brain. Thank goodness I met Evil Genius, because he understands all of this. See, there’s someone out there for everybody! He’s actually there to correct me, because I never get the quotes exactly right. I understand that he and his boss talk in movie quotes all the time at work. So there are more of us, maybe even some who won’t admit that things make them quote other things. We must find them, and assimilate them. “Resistance is Futile” (Star Trek:TNG)
When I was younger, much like with my interests, I tried to repress my quoting urges. Guess what, I was…
I WAS wrong. It’s a good thing I decided to accept my geekdom. And by the way this above picture’s quote would count as both a song AND a quote. “See what I did there?”
Wish I knew what THAT was from, since I use it all the time…