I Like My X Like I Like My Y
"I like my women the way I like my coffee: detrimental to hippocampal neurogenesis, but conducive to short term memory and attentional control."
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This is a phrase where a person compares one thing (often their ideal boyfriend or girlfriend) to another thing, and lists what the two things have in common.
This line can often overlap with Metaphorgotten
for comedic effect. Can also overlap with Dissimile
. Compare and contrast with Bait-and-Switch Comparison
, which makes a similar joke, but starts off by claiming the two things are different.
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- Several from comedian Eddie Izzard-
"I like my women like I like my coffee... COVERED IN BEES!"
"I like my women like I like my coffee... In a plastic cup."
"I like my coffee hot and strong... like I like my women, hot and... strong... and with a spoon in them."
- Auggie Smith prefers Irish coffee: "I like my women how I like my coffee: Filled with booze!"
- Michael Ian Black: "I like my coffee like I like my women — strong, black, and proud."
- Stewart Francis: "I like my women like I like my coffee: hand picked by migrant workers."
- Gilbert Gottfried: "I LIKE MY COFFEE THE WAY I LIKE MY WOMEN: HOT... BLACK... and with a small piece of prune danish."
- Variation by talk show host Bill Maher regarding whether it's necessary to report when a bomb goes off in Iraq; "Let's just assume that Iraq is like Lindsay Lohan; getting bombed daily!"
- Robin Williams (impersonating a vagrant): "I like my wine like I like my women... ready to pass out!"
- Jim Gaffigan (on olive loaf): "I like my bologna like I like my martinis: dirty."
- There was actually a fairy tale (Goose Girl at the Well is the Grimm version, but there are a lot of variants) about this where a king asked his three daughters to tell them how much they loved him. The girl who loved him best would fare the best. While her sisters claimed they loved their father as much as sugar and as much as the prettiest dress, the unlucky heroine (usually the youngest) told her father she loved him as much "as meat loves salt". He wasn't particularly pleased by this answer. In some versions of the tale his kingdom is cursed to go without salt (or his exiled daughter cannily serves him a dish of meat without any salt) and he rapidly comes to realize just how critical the substance really is.
- Shakespeare pulls a variation in King Lear, except in that case, the youngest simply refused to provide a flowery metaphor, instead stating simply that her love for her father was Shaped Like Itself.
- In the movie Clue, Mrs. White says, "Husbands should be like Kleenex. Soft, strong, and disposable."
- The little girl in Airplane! likes her coffee black... like her men.
- The Naked Gun 33 1/3: "I like my sex the way I play basketball: one-on-one and with as little dribbling as possible."
- In The Edge, Robert says, "I like my coffee like I like my women" and Stephen retorts, "Bitter and murky!"
- In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Pepe has this line: "I like my coffee like I like my womens: a lot, eh!"
- At the end of Man of the Year, Robin Williams said, "Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed often and for the same reason."
- In ''FilmHollowMan, the token minority black woman tells one of the other scientists that a guy at the coffee shop told her "I like my women like I like my coffee, can you believe people still use that line." His reply is "Maybe he meant cold and bitter."
- In A Dirty Job, Audrey tells Charlie she likes her men like she likes her tea: weak and green.
- In Bridget & Joan's Diary, Joan likes her tea the way she likes her men: still warm.
- An inversion of this trope from the Scenes From A Hat game on Whose Line Is It Anyway? is "Things you can say about your X, but not your girlfriend". Popular versions are "car/truck" ("Yeah, you could fit twenty in there!") or "dog", which results in an epic, single-word instance of Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Come."
- From The IT Crowd..."I like my women like I like my toast. Hot..." "And consumable with butter, you don't have to remind me."
- Home Improvement did a bunch of these in an episode concerning magazine compatibility tests. For example, in a question comparing husbands to kitchen appliances, Jill said Tim was most like a tea kettle: "Hot and steamy, done in two minutes" (adding that he does "whistle when he's done"). Tim and his friends also came up with their own test, with one question comparing wives to hockey equipment; choices included a stick ("Long, skinny, and likes to hit things"), elbow pads (A good housekeeper - "Takes care of the joint"), and a jock strap ("Gets in the way a lot, but basically supportive").
- One Foot in the Grave: I like my toast like I like my women. Golden, brown, and covered in marmalade.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Pangs:
Buffy: "The thing is, I like my evil like I like my men: Evil!"
- House (who else?) gave us a rather distasteful one towards the end of season two, saying he liked his coffee black, the same way he liked his brain damaged neurologists.
- While preparing to work all night on a case, Quentin Welcher (of Welcher And Welcher) - apropos of nothing - asked for his coffee "black; like my women".
- Use in Psych
Mira's mother: I like my wine like I like my men: white and hairy.
Shawn: That makes no sense. None whatsoever. But I can see where Mira gets her spunkiness!
- The Daily Show segment about Joe Scarborough's Product Placement of his morning show's new sponsor Starbucks had Jon Stewart saying, "I like my news like I like my coffee: black and sponsored. No, wait, that's how I like the NBA."
- Fez on That '70s Show, after Donna changes her hair from red to blonde, and he disapproves.
Fez: I like my women the way I like my wine: red and full of alcohol.
- In Blackadder Goes Forth, Squadron-Leader Flashheart advises new recruits to the Air Corps that they should treat their plane like their girl "Get in her seven or eight times a day, and take her to heaven and back". Blackadder comments that he suddenly has sympathy for the suffragette movement.
- The Mad Libs Catchphrase of Swiss Toni on The Fast Show is "X is very much like making love to a beautiful woman".
- Home Secretary Mary Drake in "The Thickof It" states when threatening to subsume DOSAC and put them in charge of the tea run that "I like mine (tea) weak and white, like my men" then again, she was there in her 'angry capacity'.
- Murder, She Wrote: in "Danse Diabolique", while investigating the murder of an arrogant ballerina, Jessica's police lieutenant friend asks why she wants to investigate the theater where the murder took place yet again. Jessica answers, "There are three things you can never have enough of in life, Lieutenant; chocolate, friends and the theatre."
- Parodied in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, where Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and James McNeill Whistler try to stump each other by making increasingly bizarre comparisons of the Prince of Wales.
Wilde: Your Majesty, you're like a big jam doughnut with cream on the top.
Prince: I beg your pardon?
Wilde: Um ..... It was one of Whistler's.
Whistler: I didn't say that.
Wilde: You did, James, you did.
Prince: Well, Mr. Whistler?
Whistler: I- I meant, Your Majesty, that, uh, like a doughnut your arrival gives us pleasure and your departure merely makes us hungry for more.
- This Little Esther song: "I lie my men like I like my whiskey / Aged and mellow".
- From the Mindless Self Indulgence song "Shut Me Up": "The bass, the rock, the mic, the treble / I like my coffee black, just like my metal."
- In a song of Homer and Jethro: "Her teeth were like the stars above, because they come out every night."
- From The Bloodhound Gang's "Three Point One Four:" "I like my women like I like my cheese / Preferably for me fat-free American singles only"
- There was a bit of an Internet kerfuffle when someone complained of seeing a T-shirt that said "I like my women like I like my coffee: ground up and in the freezer." The Fandom Wank community listed the many ways in which they like their men like they like their coffee:
- ...strong, hot, and gone in around 10 minutes.
- ...tied to the back of a mule.
- ...advertised by a guy in a sombrero.
- ...naked and in a burlap sack.
- ...overpriced, and brought by a Ph.D. making minimum wage.
- ...hot and black.
- ...with a tongue-twistingly pretentious name that's much too long.
- ...bitter and Jewish.
- Was a bit of a meme at one point on GameFAQs before the mods cracked down on it.
- Pedobear likes his women how he likes his whisky: 12 years old and mixed up with coke. (He also likes them like he likes his wine - 8 years old and locked in his basement.)
- Bash.org gives us the litmus test for a channel's racism.
<Jaayy> BLACK YOU FUCKING RACIST BASTARDS! I LIKE MY COFFEE BLACK!
- From The Absorbacon comics blog:
I like my fish like I like my women: pretty, but deadly, pawns in my larger game.
- Bad-Luck Bootsy from Board James provides his own.
I like my coffee like I like my women... with my dick in it!
- One screenshot from the Doctor Who serial "The Daleks' Master Plan" led to the suggestion that Sara Kingdom was admiring Steven Taylor's tight trousers:
I like my men like I like my coffee... in vacuum-sealed packages.
- Used as a Running Gag by Sir Philip Bin on Bleak Expectations:
Clocks should be like women; placed in the corner, and once a year, given a good servicing.
Bags should be like women; simple and with a single, lockable opening.
Emotions are like wine, to be bottled up for years and then presented to your son on his 21st birthday.
- A diner has been trying to impress his African-American waitress: "I like my coffee like I like my women."
"I'm sorry, sir, we don't have any stupid coffee."
- Seen on the internet: "I like my coffee like I like my women: without a penis."
- From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series Episode 31:
back at ya, pal! Just Remember, you treat a Duel Disk just like a woman: you fasten it to your arm and place Trading Cards into it at regular intervals!
- An entry to the Edward Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest:
- "Jake liked his women the way he liked his kiwi fruit: sweet yet tart, firm-fleshed yet yielding to the touch, and covered with short brown fuzzy hair."
- Inverted in the classic joke: "Coffee, chocolate, men... some things are better rich."
- French statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord once said that coffee should be "Black as the Devil, hot as Hell, pure as an angel and sweet as love."
- Computational linguistics researchers at the University of Edinburgh wrote a computer program to generate jokes of this form. They compared their program's output to a random joke generator and to jokes taken from Twitter; according to their paper, the five human judges evaluating them rated as "funny" about 4% of the randomly generated ones, 17% of ones generated by their program, and 33% of the ones taken from Twitter. Some highlights:
- "I like my relationships like I like my source: open."
- "I like my coffee like I like my war: cold."
- "I like my boys like I like my sectors: bad."