It should perhaps be noted that only the Seamus Heaney translation begins that way. Others translators have rendered the opening word, "Hwæt!", as quite a range of words and phrases, among them "Lo!", "Listen!", and "Hear me!".
Tekeli-li? note Which is borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.
We'll be alright as long as no one says Hastur-AAAAUUGH!
Whatever you do, never, ever read the name of Y'golonac. (YOU FOOL! YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL!)Explanation Reading Y'golonac's name gives him the power to posses you and transform your body into a duplicate of his own. Given that Y'golonac is described as a headless, bloated giant with toothy mouths in the palms of its hands and its groin, this is not something you'd like to have happen to you.
Lovecraft was an adequately excellent lover.
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons, even death may die."
Snape. Snape. Severus Snape. DUMBLEDORE! (When Alan Rickman turned up at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere in Trafalgar Square, the crowd behind him were audibly chanting "Snape, Snape, Severus Snape!" Awesome.)
Rick Mora embraces the loin! Explanation From an interview, "It's kind of funny...the essence of the Native Spirit tends to resist modernization for a desire to return to the Old Ways, yet we struggle to show that the Native does not only come drunk, in breechcloth and sounding primitive. Don't get me wrong, I embrace the loin, that's my bread and butter but we still have a ways to go."
In Croatian language, Cullen sounds a lot like "kulen" which is a type of spicy salami. So anytime you want to make fun of Twilight in Croatia, just say Edward Kulen.
Still a better love story than Twilight. Explanation After Stephenie Meyer stated that her novel was a better love story than Romeo and Juliet, Internet Backdraft ensued and this line was in defense of Romeo and Juliet being better, in spite of the Downer Ending. This eventually spread to include any work, even the ones that didn't actually have a love story.
OH JOHN RINGO NO.Explanation The phrase comes from a LiveJournal review of Ghost, wherein the reviewer is reading along and finding something interesting, then runs into something totally, brain-breakingly wrong, prompting the uttering of the phrase. Given that the book, an exercise in letting loose some demons in Ringo's head that were blocking his writing other stories, was originally to be titled "The Wanker Piece" until Baen Books marketing convinced Ringo otherwise, it goes without saying this was a frequent utterance on the reviewer's part.
Ringo had the review pointed out to him, and in the journal he replied with praise for it as the most accurate review of the book he had ever seen. Later, the phrase was used as part of a t-shirt design for a garment whose proceeds were to be sent to an organization helping sexually exploited women around the world, many in the situation of pretty much all the prostitutes in the Paladin of Shadows series.
The phrase Catch-22 is an interesting example. In the book the expression Catch-22 means an unwritten-yet-applied dumb rule with many uses, but due to memetic mutation it quickly became known as nothing more than the no-win situation it's known as today.
Why is Jesus better than Kamina? Because when Jesus came back from the dead, He stayed that way.
As one of the key texts of Western culture (and having spread it as far and wide as possible), recounting all the phrases and metaphors from the Bible that have become part of the language could be a wiki all of its own - David and Goliath, Judas, "Render unto Caesar", "Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle", "In the beginning", "Live by the X, die by the X", "Let them be light", the Ark...
Discworld: Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.
Discworld also has "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, especially simian ones. They aren't all that subtle." Explanation From Lords and Ladies, describing what happens if you call the Librarian a monkey instead of an ape.
We can't tell you who we are, or where we live. It's too risky, and we've got to be careful. Really careful. Because if they find us... Well, we just won't let them find us. The thing you've got to know is that everyone is in really big trouble. Yeah. Even you.
Sam Carsten has blonde hair and freckles and burns extremely easily in the sun, which is a very bad trait for a sailor in the Navy. It doesn't matter how much zinc he slathers on, he still gets sunburnt. Also, General Clarence Potter sounds like a Yankee since he went to Yale.
He also mutated Joyce Kilmer's "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree" into "I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all."
Quixote: Man who fight for love of the ideal. Man who fight for noble causes
Maritornes: A rude, ugly and mannish maid.
Rocinante: Horse thin and weak, almost always full of sores. This one was even documented by Cervantes in the Part II, Chapter III, when Carrasco declares that the first part of the novel got read…
" by heart by people of all sorts, that the instant they see any lean hack, they say, 'There goes Rocinante.' "
Con la iglesia hemos topado: Could be translated as "We have run onto the church". A case of both a meme and Beam Me Up, Scotty!, as the original phrase is actually "Con la iglesia hemos dado, Sancho". In the book it is literal (they examine a stone wall and determine it is a church) but it is always quoted to denote a situation in which the Church, bureaucracy or some other power that be is impeding your progress.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: "Two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers..."
Cliegg: Your son's dead, son. Accept it. Explanation In Star Wars: Legacy, we see Luke as a ghost. Yes, he'd be over 150 now, but we have proof of Jedi living hundreds of years, even human Jedi. LFL won't say if Luke's alive or dead.
Your Wookiee's dead son. Accept it. Explanation They killed Chewbacca at the beginning of the New Jedi Order, making all those heartwarming moments in the Holiday Special and the like turn into a huge "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
Jimmy Explanation Lucasfilm referred to the death of a character given the operative name "Jimmy". Turned out to be Anakin Solo.
Destroy your planet. Explanation No, not the Death Star. This one comes from the Marvels: "If Lando dies, I'll destroy your planet."
Jacen's penis! Explanation The art for the American cover of Destiny's Way is a bit, ahem, suggestive.
"My god—it's full of stars!" The last thing said by Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, though not in the film.
"Why is Lionheart always a beard?" Explanation On the Tumblr blog "The Worst Warriors", it is frequently mentioned that Lionheart often seems to be drawn in the shape of a beard. This has prompted numerous references elsewhere and even an "Ask Lionbeard".
Horrifying Graystripe, in some parts of the fandom. It even has its own fanart and tumblr. Explanation Another "The Worst Warriors" gem - one of their most popular posts.
Everything obscure Bobby says is quoted enough to be considered a meme. Especially anything he has to say about clowns, smilie faces, or his boxers.
This trope becomes a lot less funny and gets a rather large serving of terror when Faction Paradox enters the picture. Their beautiful universe has the Celestis, a group of Homeworld agents who foresaw a monstrous Time War, and obsessed with preventing the destruction of their bodies, they destroy them themselves, and leaving their meaning behind, making them sentient ideas, the literal physical incarnation of this trope. After they Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence, it becomes painfully obvious they're still the same fearful, backstabbers they were, and they find about their new cool powers...
Maradonia Saga: 2 dislikes. Gloria and her mom have been here. Explanation Inevitably, whenever a video criticizes Team Tesch, 2 dislikes will appear. Because fandom for Tesch's books is literally nonexistent, youtubers took to saying they had to be Gloria and her mom. It's not clear where this first surfaced.
"Appolyon's Club of Evil": "The powers of evil believe in teamwork!" Explanation Actual excerpts from the book about the villains, in a clear case of "I don't think those words mean what you think they mean" by Tesch. Now used to show how much of Designated Villains Apollyon and co. are.
"[...] But what about poison?" Explanation A particularly narmful line from the first book. Now used as a standard response to any strange events on the novels.
The most ubiquitous is "Roule's Ingenious Plane," which also has a Distaff Counterpart in "Christine's Small Bus" and a modern-day counterpart in "Ryan's Lime Service."[[note]]All originate from typos in terrible pieces of fanfiction; in the first, the author was trying to say "Raoul's ingenious plan." The second comes from a Mary Sue fic in which Erik compares the Sue's bustline (or at least tries to) to Christine's, and the third from a modern-day fic in which... we have no idea what the author was trying to say.
"Erique would never kill a whale!" and "Erique is one with teh walez!!!11!!"note Spammed by the phanwank members to an anti-Raoul community.
"Erik's Wonton Goddess."note The author of the fic was trying to say "wanton."
"Bonnie-Marie."note The name of a particularly hideous Mary Sue; she went on to be a major player in The Sueniverse.
"KIMMEEEEEEEEEEEEH!"note The name of a modern-day Sue's best friend; this meme is often accompanied by a picture of Bob Saget.
"Erik's pink kissable lips."
"Erik the hospital."
The Art Of Fielding has "X is skilled. We exhort him!" and its variations taking hold in the baseball community.note The phrase is Owen's way of congratulating Henry on his good work, and pops up a lot.