The way someone grooving on their iPod or other music player will spit out random bits of whatever song they are listening to, sharing them with the world. Usually the worst bits and probably out of tune.Several years ago, when I was commuting by bus — on the glorious MT 7 route up Rainier Ave. — a teenage boy in the back of the bus was suffering from this. Swaying slightly in his seat, he suddenly sang out “Fuck you!”, then a second later “I’m gonna fuck you, girl!” Presumably the song by MITCH.
Randomly inserting Bible verse numbers into your speech, especially by Christianists promoting their agenda on the news. The verse numbers usually do have contextual meaning, but only to people who already know the referenced bits by heart.In computer programming terms, this is “indirection” — pointing to something that points to what you means. Used to be that they would include the actual verse, but with sound bite news these days, there’s no time for extraneous words, so they just spit out “Ephesians 2:8” in the middle of a sentence and go back to their talking point. This Victoria Jackson video on CNN inspired the phrase; you can read her followup blog posting and see that Bible Tourettes populates her writing, too.
Show Quote Tourettes
Blurting out quotes from show tunes and TV and movies and comedy sketches in the middle of conversation.Visit gay bars, you’ll hear it. Or visit science fiction conventions and hang around the Trekkers and the Whovians; same difference, different source. As with Bible Tourettes, there is contextual meaning to those who know the quote, although rather than indirection, this is bonding over shared cultural touchpoints.
(With apologies to those who suffer from genuine Tourette Syndrome, and to drag performer Pussy Tourette, who frankly looked better in drag than when backstage preparing to dress. You can catch some of her music on Rhapsody.)