Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Favorite Phrase

 Okay, so maybe it isn't my favorite phrase, but it ranks in the top ten.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Ahhh...such attitude and yet such class. Who smokes pipes any more?
I first heard this phrase in the Austin Powers movie "Goldmember" (don't judge me. I would unwatch it if I could.) Dr. Evil utters the phrase in the middle of a rap song that he and Mini-Me sing while they're incarcerated. So naturally, I thought Mike Meyers invented the line. But then one day I was reading the James Bond novel "Moonraker" and super-villain Hugo Drax says it while he's playing cards with M and 007. At first, I thought it was extensive research on the part of the Austin Powers film team, that they would pull such a rare, specific quote from an old Bond novel for their silly spy spoof...but then, I realized this phrase is muuuuch older when Maggie Smith's character said it on a Downton Abbey episode I saw last week. She has a lot of great one-liners on that show, and I'm glad this was one of them. Apparently the phrase has been around since the early 1800's...and here I thought Dr. Evil was so clever.

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