nesting * geeking * critiquing


I’m fortunate to work with a lot of geeks. I never expected there could be such a concentration of us in one company apart from toy manufacturers or possibly IT departments and comic book shops. But here at Hallmark, we are many and we are wonderful.

A tiny subset of us has formed a weekly lunch group wherein we discuss all matter of geekery. We utilize liberal quantities of geeky idioms and quotes in our conversations; I think at times it must seem like we’re speaking a different language. Below are some of my favorites—I’ve provided context/translation and source where appropriate.

They’re jamming our signal
One of us probably has bad cell phone reception

I’ll need to turn on my cloaking device
I don’t want to be seen

I’m brainsquashed
Experiencing writer’s block or having trouble speaking

Make the jump to light speed (also Jump to hyperspace) 
Get the heck out of here / Star Wars

Take the silvers (also Take the silver stags)
Don’t leave the quarters or nickels / Game of Thrones

A Lannister always pays his debts
What goes around comes around / Game of Thrones

Use the pointy end
Don’t be stupid (also Do it right) / Game of Thrones

Grab your proton pack
Bring your stuff / Ghostbusters

Look at the size of that thing! (also That’s one big Twinkie!)
This is usually in reference to a slice of Costco pizza / Star Wars (also Ghostbusters)

I have a bad feeling about this
I have a bad feeling about this / Star Wars / Indiana Jones

You shall not pass
Nope, not happening / Lord of the Rings

A little too Raph
Not my style / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I volunteer as tribute!
I’ll do it / Hunger Games

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle
G.I. Joe

I understood that reference!
I get it! / Captain America (Steve Rogers) in the Avengers
: I forgot a couple…

May the odds be ever in your favor
Hunger Games

So say we all
Battlestar Galactica

It is known
Game of Thrones

Do you have any favorite geekspeak phrases?
I’d love to hear them so I can incorporate into my own lexicon.


4 responses

  1. I find myself unintentionally quoting Ghostbusters almost every day. And Star Wars of course. But stuff like “Arms? I can’t WAIT to get a look at this thing!” is one I either blurt out or hold back if Amy’s talking about clothing or working with patients at the hospital. “That’s the one that got me” is a good one. … I’m drawing a blank, but I know they pop in there quite often. 🙂

    And I know we were quoting Anchorman randomly this weekend. “Milk was a bad choice” (or we insert our own bad choice) and “I immediately regret this decision!” are great. (“Loud noises!” comes up a lot too).

    Pretty much every day, a geeky quote comes to mind. Good times! 🙂

    4.28.2014 at 3:52 pm

    • These are great, John! I’ve never seen Anchorman, but might have to if it’s quote-worthy. Love the endless material from Ghostbusters 🙂

      4.30.2014 at 10:12 am

  2. Oh man, these are all great! More importantly, I love that you have a weekly lunch group on this! So important. I should start that at my company.

    I’m trying to think of geeky quotes I have outside of Star Wars, which is a little hard since Star Wars is my main love. I have quite a few from lotr and potc. “As you wish” from the Princess Bride is also a good one.

    4.29.2014 at 2:07 pm

    • YES! I forgot to list “As you wish”…we utilize that one like crazy.

      4.29.2014 at 4:05 pm

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