What Jossverse quote(s) do you use most in real life?

Jan 23, 2011 11:26

A survey of sorts. This occurred to me this morning, and I'm curious. I mostly don't quote the really witty lines unless I'm with company that has a chance of recognizing their source. There's one or two, though, that are generic enough I use them all the time without feeling like I'm borrowing wittiness without proper attribution.

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Like the icon says snickfic January 23 2011, 19:27:43 UTC
The quote I use most often in real life: "There is no good here." Frequently useful, and I always get a little secret glow of knowing where I got it.

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angearia January 23 2011, 19:33:33 UTC
I use "My bad!" all the time.

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snickfic January 23 2011, 19:35:07 UTC
Is that Buffy-specific? I didn't realize. I'd been hearing for years and figured it was just One of Those Things.

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angearia January 23 2011, 19:39:02 UTC
Well, I say it because of Buffy. I'd never heard it before that. And actually, I still don't hear it ever said when I talk with people. Hmm...

I think the phrase "there is no good here" could've been said before Buffy, too.

Like you said above, frequently useful phrases and I get a secret little glow of knowing where I got it from.

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snickfic January 23 2011, 19:43:50 UTC
Well, I say it because of Buffy. I'd never heard it before that.

Fair enough. I know I've heard it a lot of other places, but since I didn't see Buffy until way after it aired and since I'm pretty out of the loop in terms of slang anyway, I have basically no sense of which now-popular phrases the show coined and which it just borrowed.

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slaymesoftly January 23 2011, 19:45:14 UTC
I don't think "my bad" comes from Buffy specifically. I hear it too often, too many other places. It may have started in So. CA. and been picked up for Buffy before it was common in the rest of the country, but you hear it everywhere. I would not have associated it with Buffy even if she did say it.

"Bored now" is one I use occasionally. There's another one I used on FB not too long ago and only a few people knew where it came from. Don't remember what it was though. I'm sure there are a few other expressions I've used, but they are escaping me ATM. :)

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angearia January 23 2011, 19:52:02 UTC
I grew up watching Buffy and "my bad" became part of my lexicon purely 'cause of her. And I honestly can't think of a single person who's ever said "my bad" in real life besides me.

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slaymesoftly January 23 2011, 20:33:21 UTC
Seriously? Not to mention other TV shows and some movies where a character might say it, often when he/she doesn't really mean to apologize. I hear it all the time. Of course, I work in a middle school...

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snickfic January 23 2011, 20:01:53 UTC
I actually of "My bad" as a Willow phrase, if anyone's. That might just be my idiosyncratic memory, though, as I'm pretty sure Buffy does use it at least occasionally.

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rebcake January 23 2011, 19:51:01 UTC
There are so, so many. McDiva likes to say "My hat has a cow," when she is certain she is about to or already has blown some social interaction, for instance.

I have to say that in my family, and with the in-laws as well, many conversations are a quote-fest, and BtVS is only one of many sources. MiAmor is a pretty good vocal impersonator, so sometimes he just does "the voice" and it's a quote, you know? Alas, he can't really do Spike that well, so his attempts to call me "slayer" just end in eyerolls. Hee!

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snickfic January 23 2011, 20:04:35 UTC
McDiva likes to say "My hat has a cow," when she is certain she is about to or already has blown some social interaction, for instance.

It is a terribly useful quote that way.

MiAmor is a pretty good vocal impersonator, so sometimes he just does "the voice" and it's a quote, you know?

That is excellent. I've known people like that, although I am certainly not one myself.

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eowyn_315 January 23 2011, 23:08:58 UTC
I have to say that in my family, and with the in-laws as well, many conversations are a quote-fest, and BtVS is only one of many sources.

Haha, my family and friends are like that, too, but of course different sources for different people (my mom and I quote musicals and The West Wing, my college friends quote BtVS and VM).

So which BtVS quotes I'll use depend on who I'm talking to. Usually I stick to the generic ones, unless I'm with people I know will get it (otherwise, you say "my hat has a cow" or something and people just think you're weird).

My proudest quoting achievement was perhaps when I managed to work the "Old Faithful/Old Yeller" conversation from "Doppelgangland" into a conversation in a way that was totally relevant. :)

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quinara January 23 2011, 19:52:13 UTC
I don't know which ones I use most often, but I have enough Buffy-knowledgeable friends that I tend to drop things in when they're appropriate. It's possible I adapt phraseology more than actually quote, like use 'that's some full service blahdeblah' instead of 'principalling'... It's developed, though, that there's a particular voice you have to put on to a Buffy quote in my friendship group - is that interesting enough for a point?

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snickfic January 23 2011, 20:03:22 UTC
Yeah, the two Buffy-knowledgeable friends I have, I have because I made them watch the show, and neither has rewatched or has a particular memory for quotes, so they probably wouldn't recognize a Buffy quote if they heard it.

There's a voice? I think that calls for a demonstration...

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quinara January 23 2011, 20:12:02 UTC
Hmm, I'm not sure it's really demonstrable - it's a rhythm and a tone which doesn't really work without all the surrounding conversation to mark it out against...

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snickfic January 23 2011, 20:19:58 UTC
Alas. :)

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