Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Words/Phrases I Like/Use

I find myself repeating things sometimes, which is sometimes not such a bad thing. In this case, it's not a bad thing. And better yet, I've whittled the list down to the coolest words/phrases that I use or like. So without further ado:

"That's pretty specific" - When I ask someone about the time they are doing something, the time something is happening, etc. and they respond with something like "7:30/8". It makes sense when you verbalize it.

"While you're thinking about that think about this" - This was said by Lt. Bookman (pictured) on the Seinfeld episode The Library. Really, I thought every single line of his was pretty funny, so I'll just give the highlights.

"Yeah, '71. That was my first year on the job.. Bad year for libraries. Bad year for America. Hippies burning library cards, Abby Hoffman telling everybody to steal books. I don't judge a man by the length of his hair or the kind of music he listens to. Rock was never my bag. But you put on a pair of shoes when you walk into the New York Public Library, fella."

"Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y'know that little stamp, the one that says "New York Public Library"? Well that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before: Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, 'What's this guy making such a big stink about old library books?' Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers? Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped! (Pauses) Or, maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that's how y'get your kicks. You and your good-time buddies.. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time is over. Y'got seven days, Seinfeld. That is one week!"

"I remember when the librarian was a much older woman: Kindly, discreet, unattractive. We didn't know anything about her private life.. We didn't want to know anything about her private life. She didn't have a private life. While you're thinking about that, think about this: The library closes at five o'clock, no exceptions. This is your final warning. Got that, kewpie-doll?"

Juxtaposition - I think I've only really been able to use it once, but it's just a cool word.

"Big money big money no whammy no whammy!" - Popularized by the gameshow Press Your Luck. Usage should be obvious.

"I can neither confirm nor deny" - When someone asks me a simple question where the answer is obviously yes, but it would incriminate me or make me look bad, I usually go with this. It's basically a yes, but it sounds cooler.

"Choir Boy" or "Nancy Boy" - I call people these names on occasion. Part of it stems from the soundbite of Ahnold saying, "You're a ****** choir boy to me, a choir boy!" But it sounds way funnier when he says than when I say it.

"You can take it to the proverbial bank"/"You can bet the proverbial house" - because we know you're not really taking anything to the bank.

"I heard it through the grapevine" - If you are saying something that may or may not be true, but you don't want to reveal where you heard it, well, you heard it through the grapevine.

"I really doubt the sincerity of that" - If someone does something, and then says "sorry" when they are obviously not, this quote works well to get the upper hand.

So there you have it, some cool phrases that I give you full permission to use. If you have any to contribute, just drop off a comment, and I'll see if it's good or not.

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