My childhood friends are the kinds of people who can watch a movie or YouTube video once and be able to quote from it precisely. Their ability to quote, without my having a clue about the meaning or source, has always unnerved me.
Lately, while working on class assignments, I have been watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. Because of how often I watch it, I encounter many situations that trigger quotes from the show that I feel would perfectly describe what just happened. The problem is that, if those around me haven’t seen the show, they won’t get it.
New Girl is a show that my roommate and I used to watch together. Thus, when we exchanged quotes from it, we understood the allusions and enjoyed times of hearty laughter. She has gone to Germany for the rest of the semester, so now, when something happens and I think of a pertinent quote, it is disappointing not to have her here to share the moment.
Here are several rules I’ve created for myself for quoting on target:
· Before quoting or referring to something, make sure others are aware of or can easily understand the source and setting.
· Don’t quote without a friend around who knows what you are talking about and can back you up so you aren’t laughing alone.
· Or just completely abstain from quoting anything and avoid any awkward situations from happening.
Do you have comments, additions, or similar situations to report?