Thursday, October 3, 2013

my pop culture shorthand

I read this list the other day and came across a quote that I had to hold on to.

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."

"Oh fuuuuuuudge."

"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?


  1. Well today is October 3rd, which anyone who has seen Mean Girls more than 5 times should understand! I quote that movie and Role Models like crazy! I had a manager where I use to work and I think 95% of our conversations were family guy references. It was so much hilar fun lol

  2. Okay I am a total nerd but I quote Elf a lot! Smiling is my favorite - you're not Santa you smell like beef and cheese. It's a sickness.

  3. Please tell me you know these:

    For-ev-er (said really slow)

    She's so full of Monet

    She looks like one of those rap guys' girlfriends

  4. I love the crazy quotes and shorthands used today. I wish I could use/remember more of them...but I'm just not that cool! Lol

  5. I am so this way! I get your references! I have so many, I'd probably have to write a whole post but here's one

    "I don't even own A gun, letalone many guns which would necessitate an entire rack."

    anything from Wayne's World, Mean Girls, Hot Rod or Nacho Libre, Baby Mama, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec. Quoting movies/TV is my main form of humor.

  6. 'i just blue myself'. god, i love tobias.

  7. Some of mine:


    They're OR scrubs. O R they?

    No more yanky my wanky.

    I want to go to there.

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going in their pants.

  8. We use so many of these that you listed on a daily basis!!! Yesterday we used "you know I don't speak Spanish" a lot while driving our kitties to the vet, (they were meowing like crazy)!

  9. LOVE Anchorman. I love lamp.

    I always say "that's what she said" it just fits anywhere! Ahahahahah, now THAT is what she said. ;) See?

    My boyfriend always says, "there's always money in the banana stand"

    and I LOL'd when you said your co-workers take you seriously when you said, i'm a big deal, people know me. too funny!!!

  10. I have used several of these!!! We seem to quote a lot of Hangover around my house.

    Chow Cold

    I never get to keep no monkey

    I also quote a lot of Big Bang Theory, Mean Girls, and Elf just to name a few!

  11. This is too funny! I might have to do one...though some of mine will not come as a surprise to people who read any of the confessions, he,he :) We say the "I'm kind of a big deal" that is too funny that people at work do not get it.


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