Do you speak Gilmore?

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what did you mean it would do a foot

I was thinking there should be a secret Gilmore Girls handshake or something.  Something Gilmore Geeks could share in public like a knowing wink to signal kinship – and then the answer was so obvious, I was already doing it – and maybe you are too.

If you’re anything like me (heaven forbid), at some point you’ve said to yourself ‘this is just like in Gilmore Girls when…’ or ‘that is so Kirk’ or ‘my God you’re just like Emily’ and sometimes you say it out loud and sometimes, some of those wonderful wonderful words just come out.

For example, I was in a friend’s house and picked up a kitchen knife and said “it would do a foot”.  I swear if someone had picked up the reference I’d have had triplets.

Lorelai: [Pulling a big knife out of Luke’s duffel bag] Oh – my God.
Luke: It’s a bowie knife to cut fish, cut tree limbs…
Lorelai: Amputate a leg?
Luke: Not a leg. It could do a foot.
(s06e15 A Vineyard Valentine)

Later on, when Lorelai finds Rory preparing food in the kitchen…

Lorelai: Hmm. What’s this?
Rory: It’s a garlic press.
Lorelai: [Picks up a kitchen knife] This would do a foot.
Rory: Step away from the knife.

I was in an airport when somebody called out “Marco” and I couldn’t not answer “Polo”.  I have the same knee-jerk reaction with “Toolbox” and “Dirty”.

Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you’re the one that named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: Toolbox, dirty.
s02e07 Like Mother, Like Daughter

I’ve said “don’t add stuff from your to-do list to my to-do list” (s04e20 Luke Can See Her Face).  I’ve called people “Ace” in the same affectionate / patronising way Logan addresses Rory (s05e06, Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant).  I once used the word ‘Whiffenpoofs” in context (s04e09 Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out).

Please, I want to know it’s not just me.  Has anything from the show entered your vernacular?  Are their voices in your head; are their words in your blood?  In short, do you speak Gilmore?  Even better, have you ever picked up a reference dropped by someone else?

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Rich

Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

15 thoughts on “Do you speak Gilmore?

  • May 29, 2013 at 9:07 am
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    I speak far more Gilmore than I think I do … actually anything else would be Gil … less. (s07e08 Introducing Lorelai Planetarium) But it’s to the point where just the other day my bf made fun of me & my hypochondriac tendencies, and before I could stop myself, I said, “What was that whole conversation last week when I had to convince you you didn’t have a prostate?” (s01e21 Love, Daisies & Troubadours) Yeah. It’s like that.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 9:18 am
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    I’m not a native English speaker, but I still manage to quote Gilmore Girls several times a day. For instance, “You don’t have to jump off the Empire State building to know it’s gonna hurt” (7×03, Lorelai’s First Cotillion) is something I say very often. Apparently my mother thinks I need to try more new things … Yeah, sorry mom, I won’t try soccer no matter what you pay me.

    It’s actually come to a point where people who’s never seen Gilmore, actually knows what I’m talking about. Yay.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 10:51 am
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    Whenever someone says a comparison that doesn’t make sense, we always say “Uma” “oprah” another quote I use often is “Dance for me burger boy!” haha

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  • May 29, 2013 at 11:32 am
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    When someone says anything like “I couldnt get someone to have coffee with me” i automatically say “Did u offer pie, maybe she want pie”

    Like when luke was telling liz about april first time!! Love to hear am not alone really

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  • May 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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    At this point, if I make some obscure reference or say something completely nonsensical…I have my family and friends trained to assume it’s a Gilmorism. I use them waaaay more often than I should – and use increases when I’ve been watching episodes. Copper Boom and “coffee coffee coffee” are two of my faves/most frequently used. I once did Luke’s “Taylor, no” rant from Application Anxiety (S03E03) to my mom in response to something (don’t even remember what now) and was met with the blankest of blank stares.

    Around my friend Katie, who is a fellow GG junkie, I drop references right and left…mostly just to make her laugh, smile or roll her eyes at me.

    Long story short, it’s definitely NOT just you. :)

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  • May 30, 2013 at 4:48 am
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    Had fun seeing Rose Abdoo (Gypsy) on Family Tools last night!

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  • May 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm
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    I have like the worse memory ever and I never remember like anything so I don’t often quote verbatim but I am always saying I that’s like in gg and that reminds me if such and such and everyone is always Leo wo you remember and I am like I’m ya cause it’s gg and cause I’ve seen it so many times!!! Plus I am always using phrases and made up words and I will randomly remember random moments or see worth in that reminds me Some gg thing and start laughing hysterically and everyone’s Like huh? What are you laughing at but when I tell hem they never fully get it :-( sad deprived ppl :-p

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  • May 31, 2013 at 10:13 am
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    Thanks y’all, it makes me feel so much better that I’m not alone!! And also that you’re even more obscure than me :O)

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  • June 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm
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    YESSS, whenever my friend and I get burgers andd we take the lettuce off we go, “at least it has the lettuce essence”

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  • June 3, 2013 at 9:03 am
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    Yeah, you are not alone in this. But I admit, it would be much easier for me to ‘speak Gilmore’ or ‘pick up the refference’, if I lived in an English-speaking country. And it’s not the same, if you try to speak Gilmore in Russian or Ukrainian, belieave me. I tried :) But I always do it in my mind – remembering a scene or a line that would suit the situation, that is. Just a few hours ago I almost used a ‘to-do-lists’ refference, by the way :)

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  • June 6, 2013 at 8:33 pm
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    One of my favorite lines is from Sookie: “What’s the opposite of ennui?…Off-ui! I’m cured!”

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  • June 7, 2013 at 9:37 am
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    You aren’t the only one who do it! And I agree, It’s much easier to “pick up Gilmore references” if you live in a country where everyone speaks English. It’s weird to say them in Portuguese, and people react bad when you say something in English… But I do It, constantly. Just yesterday, my friend said that he was going to sit on a bench and stare at his shoes, I laghed, but he isn’t a Gilmore Guy, so he didn’t understood… Anyhow, I called him Jess!!

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  • June 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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    I’m sure I drive my family crazy with the amount of times I’ve uttered the phrase, “This one time, on ‘Gilmore Girls’…”

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  • June 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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    Speak Gilmore…not so often — write Gilmore…on occasion — think Gilmore…way too often.

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  • July 29, 2013 at 2:44 am
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    Yes, I use the phrase ‘coffee, coffee, coffee’, just like Lorelai!

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