we need to talk, take 2

Last time, it was a Bizarro couple, now it’s Zits‘s Jeremy and his parents:

Different social setting — parent-child relationships rather than couple relationships — but the expression is just as ominous for the party who’s told the two sides need to talk.

Bonus: a nice example of quotative be all like — which, as the Stanford All Project notes in an American Speech article and in a forthcoming Language Variation and Change article, has been encroaching on the territory of quotative all (while quotative like is the dominant variant in vernacular conversation these days). Jeremy’s use looks like one of the possible sources of fused all like: quotative like modified by intensifier all ‘really, totally’.

2 Responses to “we need to talk, take 2”

  1. We need to talk, more takes « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] 3. A Zits cartoon, mother to son: Different social setting — parent-child relationships rather than couple relationships — but the expression is just as ominous for the party who’s told the two sides need to talk. (link) […]

  2. Can we talk? | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] previous variants (notably, "we need to talk") on this blog: a Leo Cullum cartoon (here), a Zits (here), and a Bizarro […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: