Monday, September 29, 2008

Pop Culture Tourettes: Billy Madison


If you know me, and I’m assuming you do because our readership isn’t that widespread, then you’ve probably noticed that most of what I say comes from either a movie or a television show. Sometimes I try manage to successfully incorporate these quotes into the conversation I’m having, but many times I just randomly say things that have nothing to do with anything being said. David calls this phenomenon “Pop Culture Tourettes.”

For the past week or so I’ve been trying to catch myself in the act, so I could share some of my most quoted movies and tv shows with my blog. This exercise has taught me that the movies I quote most often are kind of bizarre, and this might have to be a daily post, because I think maybe 90% of what I say is unoriginal. The first movie I’ll mention/explore in this series is Billy Madison, because oddly enough, this one comes up daily. See how I manage to use these quotes after the jump.


Billy Madison Quotes (in no particular order):

Normal Conversation Quotes: These are quotes that on paper, seem normal enough, and often times they aren’t random, I actually use them to progress the conversation, but I have to give Billy Madison Credit because I usually say them in some sort of weird voice or inflection.

“There was something I was supposed to do today”

“I’d rather have a beer”

“You know something, you suck!”

“That is Correct”

“So sorry to interrupt!”

“No I will not make out with you!”
Clearly I use the last one a lot, you know, because people want to make out with me all the time.

Totally random things that I say—these are a little more difficult to squeeze into conversation, but I manage somehow…

“Eric is Pregnant”
I use this one if someone says something like, “I’ve got big news,” or “did you hear?”


“Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
I say this, though not verbatim (usually), when someone gets an answer wrong, or does something dumb.

“Don't put it out with your boots, Ted.”
I just say this to my friend Lauren a lot. And sometimes randomly when there is an awkward silence.

“Well, maybe if you told me they were delicious Triscuit crackers I could have enjoyed them with you.”
Whenever someone denies me delicious Triscuit crackers, I have to say this. And so should you.


“I thought I was your snack pack”
I don’t really know how I fit this one in, but I know that I do somehow, because I can picture myself saying it…

“T-T-T-Today Jr!”
Whenever some kid stutters…

“O’Doyle Rules”
Again, I’m not sure how I use it, I just know I say it sometimes…


If you can think of any Movies or TV Shows I quote a lot, leave them in the comments!

4 comments:

Gwood said...

i know that i see 30 Rock quotes from you on my facebook news feed a lot. so many different types of sparrows!

Cinema Journal said...

Hey Laura! This guide is very helpful. Many thanks for assembling it. Wow. This comment seems really dull. I wish I knew something else to say. Perhaps these quotes will help improve my conversation skills.

All the best.
-Cullen

Lauren said...

Don't put it out with your boots Ted! Don't tell me my business devil woman, call the fire department, this one's out of control!!!

Stephanie said...

"O'Doyle Rules!" does indeed come out a lot. I can't think of the particular circumstances for this quote, but now that I think about it that is probably because it is truly random and unrelated to all aroudn you