[Guest post by DRJ]
I think my family is pretty normal and like most families, we enjoy TV and movies. However, I’ve noticed that we don’t watch the most sophisticated shows. Any action movie and most comedies, along with shows that feature Monty Python, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, or Adam Sandler are popular in our male-dominated household.
I’ve also noticed that we frequently use famous and not-so-famous quotes from these shows in our conversations. In addition to the well-known ones like “I’ll be back,” “You can’t handle the truth,” “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” and “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate,” here are some of our favorites:
“Lighten up, Francis” — From Stripes, whenever someone is taking themself too serious.
“He’s about 455 yards away, he’s gonna hit about a 2 iron I think.” — From Caddyshack, when someone thinks they can do something miraculous.
“It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” — Also from Caddyshack, when someone actually does something miraculous.
“Brave, brave, Sir Robin.” — From Monty Python & the Holy Grail, when someone isn’t very brave.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” — Seinfeld, appropriate to end almost any contentious discussion.
“Soldier, I’ve noticed that you’re always last.” “I’m pacing myself.” — Another one from Stripes, used to explain to others why you aren’t getting much accomplished.
“It’s just a flesh wound.” — Monty Python & the Holy Grail, when you’re bleeding significantly or hurt pretty bad. I’ve found this is useful where there are boys in the household.
“Be the ball.” — Caddyshack, when you want someone to really concentrate.
The quotes enjoyed by Patterico and others here are much more sophisticated than the ones at my house, and I thought I’d give these less sophisticated quotes equal time. As Bill Murray might say, “So I got that going for me, which is nice.”
Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.