If you’ve ever listened to any of the Major Spoilers podcasts in which I appear, you’ve probably realized that I love to futz about with language, even ones that I barely speak. (My Spanish and Yiddish-speaking friends tend to just sigh and nod a lot. Ask Rodrigo.) But there’s something special about spectacularly awkward turns of phrase to me, especially during my recent processing of a relatively spectacular lot of Silver Age DC Comics. Maybe it’s just the fun of hearing things like “A flock of tiny Supermen!” or “These fire-trolls are trying to give us an underwater hotfoot!” in the voice of the Narrator from ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space,’ or maybe it’s the peculiar chemical fumes of aging comics, but you gotta love the gleeful illogic of Superman sternly telling Jimmy, “I’m sorry I adopted you as my son!” Even in movies, you get the wonder that was Ed Wood’s conversational dialogue, or the wonder of Star Wars’ occasionally tone-deaf talky-talky. (“But I wanted to go into Toshi Station and pick up some power converrrrterrrrrrs!”) As someone who often speaks in one-liner out-of-context references, I have but one thing to tell you: Nobody ever lends money to a man with a sense of humor.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) realizes that we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives, asking: What’s your favorite bit of goofy or bad dialogue?