Everyday Speech [NOT 11/7/22]

Hi, friends!

I was thinking today about movies or tv shows that have embedded themselves into popular culture enough that we use them as references in everyday conversation.

For example, we routinely reference Ghostbusters at work “don’t cross the streams” is said when we talk about 2 teams that don’t work well together, that sort of thing.

So over the weekend I went to a pro-choice protest, and there were some Mean Girls references that had me fucking laughing my ass off.

One sign said “Get in losers, we’re going protesting” — referencing when Regina George says “get in loser, we’re going shopping.”

My favorite sign was designed to look like the Burn Book when Regina George makes the page about herself to frame the other girls to the principal. In the movie, she puts a cut-out of her picture on the page and writes “this girl is the nastiest skank bitch I’ve ever met. Do not trust her she is a fugly slut!” The genius behind the protest sign had a pink background with pictures of the 6 Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v Wade and had written “they are the nastiest skank bitches I’ve ever met! Do not trust them!” FUCKING AWESOME AND HILARIOUS.

What movie or tv lines do you use often?



  1. ”We’re going to need a bigger boat!”

    “if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!”

    I live a strange life with strange people, don’t judge me.

  2. “Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”  William Muny The Unforgiven

    -said whenever someone (sometimes me) starts crying about deserving something. I usually mutter that when I find out I got rejected for a job.

    “You can’t handle the truth.” Colonel Jessup A Few Good Men

    -I’ve said it unironically/unintentionally at various work meetings in the past.  I’m not sure if I look bugfuck crazy like Jessup in the movie, but it is usually said at a moment when I’ve been irritated with whoever and need to cut them off at the knees.  Usually followed by various other Jack Nicholson quotes (unintended laugh getter and tension cutter–BUT I MEANT IT!)

    “What we got here is failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke

    “Houston we have a problem.” Apollo 13/2001 A Space Odyssey.

    When I was working in a technical field, quotes from Office Space and Simpsons were appreciated.

    “What the fuck is a PC Load Letter (or fill in the blank) error?”

    “Hey there blimpy boy, flying in the sky so fancy free…”

    But nowadays I don’t use them because it’s not in my audience’s cultural wheel house (not because I’m old (that too) but Office Space and Simpsons doesn’t translate well into Hindi or Tagalog.)

  3. So, in our break room where alot of people hang, one of our favorite gags is when someone answers their cell phone, “hello?”

    We seize the opportunity, and at first one or two of us go :

    ” Hellloooo…”

    Then 5 or 6


    Then the entire room:


    and the whole room erupts. It’s great.

  4. (Works for anything you don’t want to drink)

    “(Transylvanian accent) I never drink…. wine.”

    Speaking of which, my son got bitten on the head by a bat a couple of nights ago. My wife drew the short straw and took him to the ER for rabies shots. Don’t get bitten by bats. Those shots are harsh. (Still better than rabies, though).

  5. Heading out the door to go somewhere fun –  Let’s go do some crimes (movie Repo Man)

    When things are going humorously wrong – Run away! (movie The Holy Grail)

    When I’m starving- I’m so hungry I could eat at Arby’s (The Simpson’s)

    When I kicked ass at something – I killed like a champion. (book The Curse of Lono)

  6. I use a lot of what’s been said already, plus

    ”That would be bad.” – Ghostbusters

    “It wasn’t lies it was just…bullshit.” – The Blues Brothers

    There are more but I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

  7. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

    What a bunch of A-holes. – Guardians of the Galaxy

    It’s a crazy world, somebody should sell tickets! – PeeWee’s Big Adventure

  8. Most of mine are from Real Genius, with a few from Idiocracy…

    “I/It was hot and I was hungry!”

    “It’s a Moral Imperative!”

    “Why am I the only one that ever has that dream?”

    When someone mentions horrifying/disgusting things; “Holyfeld… in his pajamas!”

    “Moles & Trolls…. moles & trolls…. work, work, work!”


    “Water?  You mean, like in the toilet?!?”

    And lastly,

    “Welcome to Costco… I love you.”



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