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
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
May the odds be ever in your favor
So say we all
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.