One of my favorite parts of fandom is the way it can completely take over your entire life. Okay, maybe that’s more of a good and bad thing, but I love how a good fandom can change your vocabulary and make you look at everyday things a bit differently. This week’s fandom 5 is dedicated to just that–my five favorite phrases to come out of fandom and bleed into my everyday vocabulary. While I’ve got quite a few, I was able–after much work–to narrow it down to my 5 top fandom-isms.
Don’t blink. (Doctor Who)
While the actual quote is much longer, “don’t blink” has become such an iconic phrase in the Whovian fandom thanks to the amazing episode, “Blink” that first gave Whovians an irrational fear of blinking. I don’t know why this is one of my favorite Whovian phrases. Maybe it’s because “Blink” is one of my favorite episodes, maybe it’s because Weeping Angels are some of my favorite Whovian monsters, or maybe its because it’s fun to repeat when you’re talking about your pet moving quickly to snag some food off your plate. Either way, I love it.
Have you tried turning it off and back on again? (The IT Crowd)
This one isn’t just an iconic line from one of my favorite television shows, it’s also solid tech support advice. Whenever I have a colleague approach me with a tech issue, this is always my first suggestion for them. I don’t recommend totally channeling Roy into your workday, but making “turning it off and back on again” my first step in tech troubleshooting made me the go-to gal for computer problems in my department. Nobody tell them I got my mad computer-fixing skillz from a British comedy, okay?
I’m the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition. (Supernatural)
Out of all of the stuff I could have pulled from Supernatural, why the heck did I pull this one? I know. It’s a long line, and it doesn’t roll off the tongue easily. However, I just love this line, and I use whenever I can, whether I’m actually talking about Dean and Castiel or if I’m just talking to my dog about rescuing him from the pound. It’s delightfully weird, yet quite weighty–like most of the things Castiel says. Plus, it’s also great to use as an awkward, weird innuendo. *creepy wink*
You have failed this city. (Arrow)
There is no better way to describe your complete, utter disappointment with something or someone than telling them they have failed this city. I love this line so much, and I use it whenever I can. Last year when Netflix delayed the release of Arrow season 2? Netflix had failed this fandom. If someone decides to take up two parking spots in a busy parking lot? They have failed this parking lot. Though it doesn’t have any tech support know-how in it like the IT Crowd quote, this one is super useful because it helps you articulate utter rage and frustration in a manner other than weaving a tapestry of obscenities. Everybody needs a SFW phrase to spit out when you’re ready to rage-quit your workday, amirite?
The truth is out there. (X Files)
The X-Files is such a recognizable show, and this is one of the most recognizable phrases from it. Since I’ve gotten into the show only recently, I love being able to say “the truth is out there” or even “I want to believe”, and actually “get it”. Since the show is so old, using it in your normal vocabulary can help you find fellow fans in the wild. It’s what’s amazing about fandom, being able to connect with complete strangers over TV, games, movies, or books, and being able to use phrases like this as a sort of nerdy code to see if they like the same things you do. Plus, “the truth is out there” is just a great phrase to use when you’re at the end of your rope, frustrated trying to figure out the answer to a stupid problem. Channeling my inner Mulder makes dealing with trite daily work issues a lot more enjoyable.
What are your favorite phrases and quotes from your favorite fandoms? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!