He never said that!

Our society likes to quote things. Our society also likes to misquote things. I just wanted to enumerate a few of the more famous misquotes commonly found in pop culture. Why? Because I’m bored and I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Get used to it.

Let’s start with my personal favourite: “Beam me up Scotty.” In three seasons of Star Trek TOS, not once was that phrase used, but it’s commonplace these days. I’ve heard people on the street say it, I’ve hear television characters say it. Where did this come from?

(Kirk and Spock don’t get it either.)

Next: “Luke, I am your father.” Alright folks, the scene actually plays like this:

Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.

Vader: No. I am your father.

The inflection is also completely different than the way in which everyone insists on saying it. Weird….

(Darth agrees with me. Beware his Sith wrath.)

And finally: “Elementary, my dear Watson.” In none of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 Sherlock Holmes stories/novels does Holmes utter these words. In fact, that phrase is not existent in any Sherlock Holmes story–not even those written by other authors.

(He’s judging you.)

So. Why are we such fails at quotes? I don’t know. I welcome any theories.

  1. I believe “Elementary, my dear Watson” comes from the old movies with Basil Rathbone as Holmes? And with Watson portrayed as a lovable but bumbling old fool? I could be wrong, though.

    • I’m going to assume you’re correct, although I’m not sure. I also find it amusing that they took the creative license of making him old, seeing as he’s meant to have recently returned from Afghanistan with the army. Where he was a field medic. And injured in the line of duty. This is why I’m terribly fond of the new film. Jude Law…..

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