I can't remember a time when my day-to-day dialogue wasn't riddled with pop culture references. When the well-timed insertion of a movie quote into conversation didn't have the effect of creating instant and universal understanding - and sometimes the ties of lasting friendship - between participants.
It's even fair to say that at my advanced age (38), I've been employing certain turns of phrase for so long, I've forgotten where they originated. They're so fully integrated in my vernacular I can't even tell when or where I adopted them.
So this list caught my eye and I gotta tell you: it's pretty terrific. Very comprehensive. And almost completely bang on.
I won't give you the whole list - you can find it here - but it inspired me to write my own list: the most important contributors to April-speak. Really, the ones you need to fully know (and maybe memorize) to truly 'get' me.
Author's note: the list is pretty kid-friendly, but not 100%. Overall? I'd say PG-13.
The Essentials of April-Speak:
- The Princess Bride
- Star Wars collection
- Harry Potter (books AND movies)
- The Colbert Report
- Fairly Odd Parents
- Get Smart (Steve Carrell version)
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- Transylvania 6-5000
- Phineas & Ferb
- The Muppet Show
- Monty Python & The Holy Grail
- Monty Python & The Meaning of Life
- Office Space
- Robot Chicken
- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
- Family Guy
- The Far Side
- Wedding Crashers
- The Walking Dead
- Dirty Dancing
- Ron Swanson (I would say 'Parks and Recreation' but really, it's just Ron.)
- So I Married an Axe Murderer
- The Matrix
- The Long Kiss Goodnight
- Chicken Run
- The Crow
- Blade Trilogy
- Modern Family
- Grosse Point Blank