Dammit Jim

From George Takei’s site on Facebook, this Star Trek-based ID badge:

A perfect representation of the snowclone template

(Dammit Jim,) I’m an X, not a Y!

in the Snowclone Database (8/6/07), here.

From scdb:

c. 1966-1969 [and later; this expression appears in severalStar Trek shows and films], Dr. McCoy in Star Trek to the erstwhile Captain Kirk: “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a(n) {engineer, mechanic, bricklayer}!” This one is somewhat unique in that it started out as a snowclone, where Bones altered the Y as it fit the situation. I think the exclamation point is obligatory, to further separate X from Y: not only is McCoy not a bricklayer, it is absurd to consider him one. The exclamation point – or intonation mimicking the original, when spoken – is also necessary to evoke the original usage, rather than a simple comparison of two unlike things. X and Y should be semantically distinct from each other, but sometimes the difference between them is subtle for the sake of humor.

Other variations seen on the web:

“I’m an ingenieur, NOT a bloody locomotive driver!”
“I’m an architect, not a project manager!”
“I’m an accountant not a magician!

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