If it sometimes seems like we’re nothing but empty vessels that parrot quotes and references, it’s because that’s how we best interact with each other — drawn together by our shared pop-culture shorthand.
I think it comes naturally for many in my generation to remember quotes from movies and TV shows to naturally slip into conversation with people who may have seen the same thing. It creates a bond and quickly establishes shared interests if someone else gets what you are saying. I do this all the time and as most of my coworkers are a bit older than I am, it mostly goes unnoticed. However, I have noticed there are certain phrases I've picked up from TV that I say all the time. My husband even slipped that fact into our wedding vows. So today, I wanted to share with you my personal pop culture shorthand. I am presenting them to you as I say them, which may not be as they were delivered originally, but the same idea is present. Would you get my references?
"That's what she said."
"There's always money in the banana stand."
"I drive a Bike... cycle."
"It smells of rich mahogany and many leatherbound books."
"I'm kind of a big deal. People know me." (I say this at work all the time and people take me seriously.)
"I'm always one step ahead. Like a carpenter who builds stairs."
"You know I don't speak Spanish."
"I'm not mad, I'm impressed!"
"I hate so much the things you choose to be."
Huge hint because I love this movie.
I'm sure there are many, many more, but those are the ones I use most often. And they are drawn from similar sources. What quotes should I know to understand your pop-culture shorthand?