I was disappointed to learn that “excelsior” is just that straw-like packing material and not a Roman declaration of superlative achievement.
I’ve always loved that word, and sometiems declare “excelsior” at various proud moments, imagining myself holding a streaming banner. I think I got this from Bugs Bunny. I realized the other day how often I still reference cartoons. Here was the situation: I had an appointment at a hospital. I walked into the lobby and couldn’t find the room I was looking for. I asked the lady at reception and she said: “You’re at the wrong hospital. It’s down the street.”
At that moment, I pointed to my head and said, “Kidneys.” A nanosecond later I thought, this lady has no idea what I’m talking about. I’m in the wrong hospital and now clearly suffering from organ confusion. But actually the line, I think, comes from Bullwinkle. Some spacemen meeting Moose and Squirrel indicated their intelligence by pointing to their heads and saying “kidneys!” I thought it was hilarious when I was 9 and it turned into a lifelong habit.
All those people saying “D’oh!” and “Mmmmm, doughnuts” should understand this.
So, how have cartoons influenced your behavior?