Tuesday, January 4, 2011

That Was My Nickname in College

Hubby and I are long time fans of The Office, and as any true fan of The Office, we often give homage to Michael Scott by uttering his oft used line "that's what she said".  For those of you unfamiliar with how this innuendo works, here is a quote from the show.

Season 2: Episode 2- Sexual Harassment
Michael comes under fire from boss Jan Levinson and the corporate office for his sexist and offensive behavior. Things get even better after he announces his "retirement from comedy."

Michael: "And in the future if I want to say something funny, or witty, or do an impression, I will no longer, ever do any of those things."
Jim: "Does that include 'That's What She Said?'
Michael: "Mmhmm. Yes."
Jim: "Wow. That is really hard. You really think you can go all day long? Well, you always left me satisfied and smiling, so..."
Michael: "That's what she said!" (Bursts into laughter).

So, now you kind of understand the purpose of the phrase, right?  Well Hubby and I have our own little phrase, one we are convinced will someday sweep the nation.  It is "that was my nickname in college".  It pretty much functions the same way, a little innuendo to make things a little suggestive without being outright dirty.

For example, while at the pet store, Hubby spies these
Hubby points to them and says, that was my nickname in college.

A couple of summers ago, we were at a Pirate's game with friends.  One of the guys got a bucket of Quaker Steak and Lube wings for us to share, and we were all munching down.  We needed somewhere to deposit the refuse, and the guys said, "we need a bone plate" to which I replied "that was my nickname in college".  A guy sitting in front of us heard my remark, turned around with a big smile, and stared at me for the rest of the game.  It was classic.

Last week, we were out with friends.  One of the friends, who shall remain anonymous, said, "can you pass me a butter pack?" to which I, of course, replied "that was my nickname in college".  She said, "you had the worst college nicknames, you must have had mean friends".  All this time, she thought these were my ACTUAL nicknames in college, it got a big laugh from the whole table.

So, this is our little "thing", me and Hubby.  Our own little personal married couple joke.  But we would love nothing more than to hear it catch on among other people.  So, the next time someone mentions something that  might sound slightly naughty or non PC, consider replying with "that was my nickname in college", and let me know if it gets a laugh.