Monday, July 9, 2012

Quotable Quotes

  Don'tch'ya hate it when during a conversation someone quips up a semi-appropriate quote from a delicious source of media only to botch it, missing some key point entirely?  It irks me almost as much as bad grammar in online texts (ie. all lowercase, l33t (ie. hyper-unclever fat-lazy-bastard text [hey, if someone is texting you and it's in l33t, never talk to them again, because you'll be arrested for the general principal that they're mind is 8 years old]).
  One such example of bad quoting is the following vid:


   At 7:00, the famous Beer and Board Games series (and if you haven't been following this, you're living under a rock, as it has over a combined total of 23 billion hits [which means that even Samatha Fox saw this 6 times already minimum] (for the one guy that hasn't watched both seasons, the makers of Chad Vader Seasons 1 thru 4 (and yes, you have to start at Ep.1 {world renowned, by the way with over 70 quadrillion mega hits that even Tim Curry has watched over 700 times, and George Lucas has approved as canonical and putting it in The Mandalarian Wars pre-prequel} they quip the following jingle impromptu in a drunken stupor:

Go to Casino
Spend all your money
Watch all your money

  Yay, verily, no finer words have been spoken, no haiku so full of truth that the last samurai has committed supuku in it's golden beauty.  (sometimes Watch is substituted for Make in the early versions, as is Lose and Spend.. in excelsior).
  The quote is particularly amusing such that it is not "Go to the Casino" but simply, "Go to Casino".  Still, later in the series, so enraptured with the performance this planet Earth, that YouTube commenters quote it with glee, so moved, so beheld by its spell and charm.  Yet, alas, they quote it with the "the" in their quoting.  It'd be like quoting the Bible and putting the "days" in 40 days and 40 nights to be hours.  Though it would make for a more realistic text.
  People do this all the time.  The misquote things; things of value; things of import.  Heck, look at the Jehova's Witnesses.  They took quotes about Romans "blood-letting" the wrong way, thinking Ioshua (Jesus for the uneducated) was referring to WW-I style blood transfusions!!!  Seriously, they have killed thousands of children because they refuse to allow dying children this!  News flash: Romans in 30 some-odd AD were not adept at blood transfusions!  Was Dr. James Blundell considered a super-satan?!  Sad.  Just sad.  These misquotes cause WARS!
  Anyway, no one is more misquoted than Monty Python's Flying Circus.  Everyone's seen the work, and a majority have seen at least a few of their TV series episodes.  It's considered comedic bible.  Even Larry The Cable Guy mentions it in some of his routines, not completely losing the brain damaged audience that prefers his work (to his chagrin, he's actually dangerously intelligent, his character he always plays (like Bobcat Golthwait and Groucho Marx to name a few) always talks down to the audience to their level successfully without anyone getting it.. well-done sir). 
  Monty Python is often misquoted at renaissance festivals.  Luckily, it's getting a bit archaic now (40 years old now) and new generations aren't picking it up, the jokes not as relevant (such as the political intrigue of the conservative party's fall in Britain in the early 1970's, huge then, almost irrelevant now except to those such as myself mildly interested in foreign history, of which most Americans are too busy watching Who's Got Talent aka The Gong Show aka Ow, My Balls! to care about).  Because of this, it's being less painfully quoted.  One difficult one to get just right, inflection and all, is this historically probable serf countering a claimed King of England about politics and how the peasants most-likely viewed a potential monarchy.  The joke being the peasants have transcended a monarchy as pathetic (which, being a British show is dangerously blasphemous as they most certainly do not have freedom-of-speech which Americans take for-granted way too much) and the historically accuracy that no, the King of England most likely did not come around to the far outskirt reaches of His Kingdom to oversee the goings-on of peasantry, merely to send ruffian tax-collectors every 10 years or so (which more than likely could have been performed by well-clothed cut-purses within that 10 year cycle unbenknowest of the supposedly uneducated outskirts).  Indeed, civilization is noted that in this commentary would govern themselves in a more efficient manner given the chance with no taxation, no monarchy, no wars, etc.  All of this is a master-jab at the British Empire in-general, making everything England has done throughout all time a waste of lives!  Excellent, but hard to quote.


  So be careful of your quotes.  Practice it.  Take time to learn it.  Remember when you'd practice something?  This generation has given up the idea of skill-by-practicing.  I blame the iPhone, Steve Jobs' master-plan to destroy America to fulfil his communistic ideals like some Apple-flavoured Manhattan Project.  Back 20 years ago, if you didn't know where Tom Petty was from, you wouldn't know.  You'd go to sleep, not knowing this factoid and have a longing for knowledge.  You'd get up in the morning, and you'd ask people you'd meet during the day.  Eventually, you'd go to a library and try to research the information.  Weeks would go by without the knowledge.  Finally, you'd meet a super-fan of Tom Petty and she'd say, "Oh, yeah.  He's from Florida." and your life would be changed forever, and you'd marry that girl for her gift of wisdom!  Today, we have that same question, a fatty would type it in Wikipedia on their phone and within 2 seconds go, "Oh yeah.." then go back to the drooling they were doing.  Pathetic.


Go to Casino, lose all your money.  Watch all your money, disappear.  Like.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't going to comment on this... as, you know, I hadn't finished reading it and whatnot; but then you went and threw a link in there to a Samantha Fox clip. (Shame shame.)

    I will finish reading this now.