Talk:1262: Unquote

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My prediction: forever. Not sure we would recognize their star wars, though ... "Han shot first" pale in comparison to what will next generations do with it when they will be doing holographic version. -- Hkmaly (talk) 08:50, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

The idea of this makes me sad. --DanB (talk) 13:09, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

(Oh, hello, edit conflict. Anyway...) Assuming that humanity is (collectively) doomed to die off at some point in the possibly distant future, through natural cateclism, external interference or some form of self-inflicted destruction, there 'will' be a last time for every saying and quote, in their original form or morphed into the dialect/language of the future. Thus someone will say some form or other of "May the force be with you" on one final occasion, although whether it outlives (just) "Don't tell me the odds" and/or "I've got a bad feeling about this!" is a question for another day. ;) 13:16, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Sadly, those last two examples will no doubt long outlive MTFBWY, if for no other reason than people will use them "accidentally" in casual conversation. In terms of conscious use of a Star Wars references, I'd like to think that MTFBWY would outlast them all... -- Nonnal (talk) 13:25, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

Aww. Steven Wright started the thought. I thought Randall had come up with a clever way to signal the "end" of a quote, it's death, by saying unquote!  :¬I But doesn't that also resurrect the quote! Damn!ExternalMonolog (talk) 21:13, 9 September 2013 (UTC)ExternalMonolog

Will someone please edit that misspelled "resurrect"? ExternalMonolog (talk) 21:16, 9 September 2013 (UTC)ExternalMonolog

Typing from a phone, but the title text is very likely from Neil Gaiman's recent book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, where numerous references to a mythical "Old Country" are made. Randall seems like a Gaiman fan. Sorry for not abiding by appropriate edit/comment rules. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I don't think so. Place I most often heard of the 'old country' is immigrants, whose mother tongue is not English. The old country is where people talk like we used to, and say the sort of things we used to say, which English speakers don't have a similar expression for. Gaiman was pulling from the same source, is all. 22:47, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

It's a trap! 02:57, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

I find your lack of faith disturbing. 13:52, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
Hmmm ... in case of some form of self-inflicted destruction, which phrase have higher chance to be the last quoted Star Wars reference? "It's a trap" or "I've got a bad feeling about this!"? -- Hkmaly (talk) 09:25, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
Could this count? ;) 13:39, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

My impression is the reference to "the old country" is an ironic reference to the Star Wars opening lines "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...". 17:02, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Of course, the act of noting the last time a Star Wars quote was used would automatically trigger more quotes. A little like Heisenberg, no? --Mr. I (talk) 19:23, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps "the old country" refers to the notion that the past is "another country". As for the longevity of MTFBWY, compare with "Live long, and prosper," or one could compare it with Shakespeare -- it depends on how much the Star Wars mythology speaks of a general human experience. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

What about the normal stuff, like "I love you. I know"? People were saying that before 1980 and generally only geeks and film buffs attach any importance to it now. The rest of us don't think about it. We also have to consider requoting. For example, I was watching The Roast (an Australian satirical news show very similar to Jon Stewart), and a member of the cast parodied the "I felt a disturbance in the Force. Like a million tiny voices cried out in terror, then were suddenly silenced" bit. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

This just made me stand up and rapidly recite every single quote I could possibly think of. I hope I saved it. 05:43, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Are the terms "unquote" and "Old Country" references to Orwell's 1984 in anyway? While I don't see how they are relevant, the term old country is used a lot, and "unquote" uses the language Newspeak's style of words, prefixing "un" to create an inverse, such as "ungood" instead of "bad" (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Considering that in literature class this year, I've read part of the Epic of Gilgamesh (written circa 1700s BC), it's possible that people in the AD 3700s will be watching translations of Star Wars. /me is imagining a teacher giving the homework assignment "Watch Star Wars: Episode IV for the next lesson." 06:33, 26 May 2022 (UTC)