Our Evolving Language

It is interesting to see our language evolving right before our very eyes. Today, if someone says to you, ‘Just Google it’, we understand it to mean use a search engine on the internet to discover the information you seek.

We also incorporate many sayings from movies and TV shows into our everyday lives. I’ve gathered a few here that are often bandied about our household.

From the Addams Family – Lurch – “You rang?”

From Get Smart – Max – “And loving it.” “Missed by that much.”

From Poltergeist – Carol Anne – “They’re he-re”

From Monty Python’s Holy Grail – The Black Knight – “I’ve had worse.”

From Monty Python’s Holy Grail – King Arthur – “Run away! Run away!”

From Ghost Busters – Egon – “This looks extraordinarily bad, Ray.”

From Ghost Busters – Winston – “That’s a big Twinkie.”

From Jewel of the Nile – Tarak  – “You go this way and I’ll go this way.”

From Star Trek – James T. Kirk – “Once again we have saved civilisation as we know it.”

From Star Trek and Disney’s Peter Pan – “Second star to the right – and straight on ’til morning.”

From Shrek – Shrek – “Really, really.”

And there are lots more. Do you quote from movies and TV? Which ones? Do only those close to you understand what you’re talking about when you do it? How many odd looks do you receive from those who don’t?

Hope these quotes have brought you a smile for fond memories.




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14 Responses to “Our Evolving Language”

  1. Helene Says:

    Oh yes! And songs in our house, Sandy 🙂

    ‘Night John boy…’
    ‘What you talking about, Willis?’
    ‘Scooby doobie do!’ – That’s normally Zeus, of course!
    ‘She loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah…’ – That’s GW…
    ‘Tell ’em they’re dreaming…’ That’s me anytime GW finds something on ebay!

  2. sandra Says:

    LOL! Yes, Helene, I can just imagine Zeus ‘Scooby doobie doing’! And love your comment to GW re eBay. 🙂

  3. Valerie Parv Says:

    Hee, I used “You rang” and “Missed it by that much” with accompanying close-together fingers gesture. I also use “Let’s do it, Dr. Phil” which used to be a voice-over at the start of his show. I’m not a fan, or even watch it much, but that phrase struck with me when I’m about to do something a bit challenging, kind of like “it’s showtime”. Being a lifelong Star Trek fan, I’m more inclined to use, “He’s dead, Jim.” I’m sure there are many more. As my parents used to say, “Television doesn’t affect Valerie.” Not much 🙂

  4. sandra Says:

    Valerie! I figured you’d connect with the Star Trek quotes, nice to know you’re an Addams Family and Get Smart fan too. 🙂 “He’s dead, Jim.” Yes, I must admit to using that one. 🙂 Have never heard the Dr Phil quote, but I can see how it would be useful – bit of a pep talk in a sentence.

  5. Susanne Bellamy Says:

    “The Castle” cast up several quotes commonly used by us at work, especially “Tell him he’s dreamin’!”. Hubby and I have played on others at home, notably “We’ll always have Italy (Paris)” after our recent holiday. And my favourite is “It’s more of a guideline really”. Love Geoffrey Rush!

  6. sandra Says:

    Hi, Susanne 🙂 Thanks for dropping by. I hope the launch of your debut novel went well. Ah, yes “It’s more of a guideline really” an excellent quote! One of our favourite movies is “The Dish”. We often paraphrase the teacher “Not going to happen” and the Mayor “This is my wife, she’s the lemon.” That one cracks me up. 🙂

  7. Susanne Bellamy Says:

    I do love Aussie humour. The ‘lemon’ one cracks me up too. My launch party was huge fun; a group of romance writers and the quips were flying.

  8. sandra Says:

    Good to hear! I hope the sales go well for you. 🙂

  9. Suzanne Brandyn Says:

    Night John Boy… lol we use to do the rounds calling out in bed and that is the last sentence you’d hear before everything went quiet. I can relate to most of them, and yes, they did bring me to smile. 🙂

  10. sandra Says:

    Funny how it seems to be a cross-the-board cultural phenomenon. It seems everybody does it to some extent, it’s just their taste in music/film/book etc that chooses quotes from different genres. Good luck with the INDIE, Suzanne. 🙂

  11. Eleni Konstantine Says:

    LOL – thanks for those, Sandie. Love them.

    I’m with Helene on the ‘what you talking about, Willis?’

    ‘Good thinking, 99’ – my 8 year old godson looks at me like ‘what ARE you talking about?’

    Star Wars – ‘That’s no moon, that’s a space station.’

    Jaws – ‘We need a bigger boat.’

    ‘That’s no how you play cricket’.

    D’oh! and Woohoo – thanks to Homer. As well as ‘you don’t make friends with salad.’

    Warner Bros ‘what’s up, doc?’ ‘fix your little red wagon’

    the Wizard of Oz ‘I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too’

    LOTR – ‘my precious’

    There’s more and I’ll laugh my head off next time I say them thinking of this post.

  12. sandra Says:

    My pleasure, Eleni. Oh yes, we’re showing our age here. 🙂 I can just see us all at the next conference talking in ‘quotes’.

  13. Suzi Love Says:

    Love the quotes. Bring back lots of memories.
    Suzi Love

  14. sandra Says:

    Hey, Suzi! We must be blog hopping! I just left a comment on your most recent post. 🙂 Yeah, quotes are fun, perhaps we should try them at our next meeting. LOL

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