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10 Phrases Every Geek Needs In Their Vocabulary

10 Phrases Every Geek Needs In Their Vocabulary

By Matt Heckler

With Geek Pride Day upon us (this Saturday, the 25th), we geeky folks are looking for bigger and better ways to show our geeky pride. If you have the resources, you can wander around dressed like your favorite Doctor or Star Trek alien, and that's pretty awesome. Still, for those of us who don't quite have the tailoring ability or disposable income to cosplay our way through the day, there is still hope! We've compiled a list of some great geeky phrases YOU can include in your daily dialogue to show your true geeky colors without a single expense.

1. "Live long and prosper." - Star Trek: The Original Series
For those among you who consider yourselves Trekkies (or Trekkers), there is this old stand-by. Why go through life saying "Have a nice day!" when you can whip out this Vulcan gem? Extra geek points if you can do the Vulcan salute!

2. "Bazinga!" - The Big Bang Theory
Punctuating your deadpan humor with "Bazinga" is a new thing that comes courtesy of the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Everyone from tweens to senior citizens who love science are jumping on this bandwagon. Although you will probably get a few funny looks from those folks who don't watch the show, it's worth it for the geek cred!

3. "I have a bad feeling about this." - Star Wars
This is a great phrase because you can say it without non-geeks catching on to the fact that you're a super nerd. To those uneducated in the Force, "I have a bad feeling about this" is just a generic phrase that just about anyone would say. To those who openly quote the Jedi code, it'll definitely get a wink and a nudge.

4. "Frak!" - Battlestar Galactica
Everyone's favorite four letter word that isn't actually swearing is perfect if you want to show your frustration without suffering the wrath of those who are easily offended. Some people who hear you say it may do a double take and accuse you of cursing, but you can quickly explain that it's NOT really a swear word, so you're all clear.

5. "Great Scott!" - Back to the Future
This is a line repeated over and over by Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. Even in those wonderful films, it can cause some chuckling and rolling of eyes. This is one particular phrase that everyone, young and old, will get because those movies are more than 25 years old now!

6. "Oh my giddy aunt!" - Doctor Who, classic series
For those of us who love classic Doctor Who as much as the new, "Oh my giddy aunt" brings back great memories of Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. It also separates you from other Whovians who have only seen the new series, which earns even more geek points. If you don't know your Second Doctor yet, check out Tomb of the Cybermen and The Seeds of Death!

7. Random Mandarin nonsequitor. - Firefly/Serenity
Those of us who count ourselves among the Browncoat ranks know that expressing your frustration with random phrases in Mandarin is a great way to show your anger. If you're more of a space western person than a military sci-fi one ("Frak!"), learn a few crazy phrases in Mandarin that you can use. Prepare for strange looks from your Chinese friends, though.

8. "I'm sorry ____, I'm afraid I can't do that." - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Widely regarded as one of the most awesome sci-fi movies ever, 2001: A Space Odyssey is often remembered for the computer that decides to eradicate all of the people on its mission into space. HAL is a creepy cyber villain, and this line is adaptable in that you can replace "Dave" with the name of anyone you're talking to.

9. "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." - The Incredible Hulk
Another one that even our parents would remember, this is a great phrase to point out how annoyed you are while also drawing laughter from those who get the reference. Anyone who doesn't get this is probably living under a rock of some sort, which means you might want to encourage them to move somewhere with a bit more natural light.

10. "Make it so." - Star Trek: The Next Generation
There's no better way to give an affirmative than to quote Captain Picard, in one of his most famous recurring lines. Original series folks have their "Live long and prosper," and Next Gen-ers have "Make it so." There's something for everyone!

What great geeky phrases will you be using to show your geekitude? Which ones did we miss?

Tags: movies, tv, star wars, geeks, lists, back to the future, star trek, firefly, geek pride day, serenity, national geek pride day

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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