weird phrasing in question September 26, 2005 10:30 AM   Subscribe

Strange superlative.

I have many delicious vegetarian recipes, but I better not tell this guy. I would hate to be responsible for him punching his mother in the mouth.

Or worse, my mother.
posted by Methylviolet to Etiquette/Policy at 10:30 AM (73 comments total)

Who gives a rats ass?
posted by jonson at 10:31 AM on September 26, 2005


I believe that it's just a joking reference to realultimatepower.net. At least, that's the first place I saw a similar line used.
posted by Stunt at 10:34 AM on September 26, 2005


Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick! What are we calling out for STYLE now? Where's the goddamn fire extinguisher? Delete! Delete!
posted by scarabic at 10:34 AM on September 26, 2005


I thought it was the funniest thing I've read on here in ages, actually.
posted by tristeza at 10:36 AM on September 26, 2005


You're oversensitive.
posted by smackfu at 10:40 AM on September 26, 2005


No, YOUR mother.
posted by selfnoise at 10:41 AM on September 26, 2005


Ah.

Well, apparently mine are minority views.

realultimatepower.net is pretty cool, though I haven't come across the filial violence bit yet.
posted by Methylviolet at 10:41 AM on September 26, 2005


Are you saying that said superlative is inappropriate or something? What are you calling out exactly?

I would kill for a good lentil burger right now.
posted by Witty at 10:44 AM on September 26, 2005


I would punch someone's mother in the face for one. Maybe yours.
posted by Hlewagast at 10:45 AM on September 26, 2005


Not my mom, I hope.

I don't think the post should be altered or removed, I just thought it was completely weird and offputting.

Have not these people heard -- you don't be talking about nobody's mother?
posted by Methylviolet at 10:48 AM on September 26, 2005


Are you freakin' serious?

Here's a nice article (recently posted in the hyphenated Chinese food thread, I think) that should explain the concept to you.
posted by rxrfrx at 10:51 AM on September 26, 2005


"Sally Chow says the phrase "slap your mama" is "totally Southern," and is not meant to be disrespectful. What it means, she says, is that you should ask your mama why she didn't introduce you to this wonderful food sooner."

Hookay. So it's a figure of speech. Thanks rxrfrx.
I reserve the right to think it is completely weird and offputting, but at least it is not original...
posted by Methylviolet at 10:55 AM on September 26, 2005


But can you reserve those rights to yourself and not make a MeTa post out of them? That's the question.
posted by OmieWise at 10:58 AM on September 26, 2005


What the fuck, Methyl? This is your second bullshit call-out in the last week. You're 0 for 2 on the grey. Maybe you should go to MetaChat where it's appropriate to discuss your personal peeves about MeFi.
If I see another crap post on MeTa from you, I'm gonna punch your mom.
posted by klangklangston at 11:02 AM on September 26, 2005


I was just laughing about that description. I like it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:04 AM on September 26, 2005 [1 favorite]


I always get invited to food and drinks that start a party in my mouth. Way cooler that way.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:04 AM on September 26, 2005


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posted by Methylviolet at 11:05 AM on September 26, 2005


It's really not all that strange in the deep south. Saying something will make you "slap your mammy" is, while hyperbolic, not uncommon. I've even heard of a po boy at a Louisiana restaurant advertised as so good "you'll throw rocks at you grandma." Now that is a good sandwich.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:05 AM on September 26, 2005


Maybe somebody should close this thread before there's even more piling on. Yes, it's a contender for lamest callout ever, but I think the point has been made.
posted by anapestic at 11:06 AM on September 26, 2005


It's like a fucking Andy Rooney call-out.
"You know what I hate? When people say that they're going to punch their mothers. That's just disrespectful!"
posted by klangklangston at 11:08 AM on September 26, 2005


Well, klang, if Andy Rooney doesn't deserve being called out, who does?
posted by anapestic at 11:09 AM on September 26, 2005


Andy Rooney should expect no mercy!
posted by selfnoise at 11:16 AM on September 26, 2005


Can someone explain to me whats going on here? Im too lazy to read the thread.
posted by naxosaxur at 11:17 AM on September 26, 2005


jesus. she's given up, folks. now it's time to pat her on the back and say "don't worry, champ, things'll look up."

don't worry, champ, things'll look up. And no matter how this thread may appear, MetaFilter still loves you.
posted by shmegegge at 11:18 AM on September 26, 2005


Methylviolet is calling for violence against your mother and we're trying to stop it.
posted by Witty at 11:18 AM on September 26, 2005


thanks guys but i still don't "get" it.
posted by naxosaxur at 11:20 AM on September 26, 2005


This may be a job for Randy "The Ethicist" Cohen! But then again, he works for the NY Times, which requires an online subscription. The quandary presented by that alone-

*head explodes*
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:20 AM on September 26, 2005


"Methylviolet is calling for violence against your mother and we're trying to stop it."

Is that better or worse than calling for assassinating the President?

I recently found out that the standards are much higher in AskMetafilter than they are in the Blue and the Grey. (Hi Jessamyn!) I actually hadn't realized that, perhaps because I'm goofy in the head and easily confused. It's a good thing this place has some standards somewhere.
posted by davy at 11:26 AM on September 26, 2005


Lena and Ole are in bed one night and all of a sudden Lena hauls off and hits Ole hard in da stomach.

"OWWW!! Whaddja do dat for?" says Ole.

"Dat's for bein' such a lousy lover all these years," says Lena.

So then Ole turns around and slugs Lena right in da jaw.

"OOOWWWW!!! Whaddja do THAT for?" she screamed.

"Knowin' da difference!"
posted by briank at 11:31 AM on September 26, 2005


In defense of Methylviolet, I thought the wording in that questions was tasteless. Hardly deserving of a call-out though.
posted by caddis at 11:35 AM on September 26, 2005


That's the problem with vegetarian cuisine... now isn't it.
posted by Witty at 11:43 AM on September 26, 2005


No, it isn't.
posted by scarabic at 11:52 AM on September 26, 2005


That's the problem with vegetarian cuisine... now isn't it.
ZNG!

(the absent 'i' is for the absent zing)
posted by darukaru at 11:54 AM on September 26, 2005


What? Not enough mother punching in vegetarian food for ya, Witty?
posted by klangklangston at 11:55 AM on September 26, 2005


I keep seeing "Strange Superlaxative".
posted by boo_radley at 11:55 AM on September 26, 2005


?
posted by matteo at 11:55 AM on September 26, 2005


I keep seeing "Strange Superlaxative".

I think it's all the brown rice.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:10 PM on September 26, 2005


This is exactly how Hitler got started.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:16 PM on September 26, 2005


Indeed. Someone should have punched Hitler's mother in the mouth.
posted by fandango_matt at 12:19 PM on September 26, 2005


I think that AskMe question could have been worded better...something along the lines of:

I want to cook her the most amazing, mouth-watering vegetarian meals ever. Something that tastes like Hitler's mother is in my mouth.
posted by tpl1212 at 12:24 PM on September 26, 2005


Hitler's mother was a vegetarian? That's what I'm able to pick up from this thread anyway...
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:24 PM on September 26, 2005


Please leave Godwin's poor mum out of this.
posted by Rothko at 12:35 PM on September 26, 2005


Good heavens, do you suppose the origin of all that hatred and evil was little Hitler being forced to eat his vegetables?
posted by fandango_matt at 12:43 PM on September 26, 2005


Who gives a rats ass?

Well, jonson, there are acouple of restaurants in Luogang, China that can help you with your craving for rat ass. It probably can't compare to the taste of Hitler's mom, though.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:48 PM on September 26, 2005


WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
MOM?
posted by cyrusdogstar at 12:52 PM on September 26, 2005


No, not my mom. Somebody else's mom. Someone's SICK and DERANGED mom!
posted by selfnoise at 1:01 PM on September 26, 2005


MILTP
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 1:05 PM on September 26, 2005


People punching their mothers is not exactly callout-worthy. There are a lot more egregious style transgressions that need to be stomped out.
Todd Lokken
posted by soyjoy at 1:11 PM on September 26, 2005


Why does everyone hate the mom?
posted by NinjaPirate at 1:16 PM on September 26, 2005


Hitler was not a vegetarian till later in life, and that too not by choice... you people know that, right? Stop blaming his mother. She thought she was raising a good lad.
posted by madman at 1:38 PM on September 26, 2005


Hey! Treat your mother right!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:43 PM on September 26, 2005


Look! It's Hitler's mom!


posted by fandango_matt at 1:45 PM on September 26, 2005


f-m, that's funny, but it would have been funnier if you'd said "Look! It's somebody's mom!" and let us pick up the visual on our own. See, there was this commercial way back when . . .
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:35 PM on September 26, 2005


Why's everybody mad about the mom?
posted by cortex at 2:43 PM on September 26, 2005


I'd like to post a series of callouts against my self (ostensibly for misusing the grey). Then, I could tie the entire site up into an endless loop of self-referencing.

When the server imploded and folded itself into 16 different dimensions, then I'll laugh. Oh, yes, I'll laugh.
posted by thanotopsis at 2:43 PM on September 26, 2005


thanotopsis, it would likely only fold itself into 11 dimensions.

make the mistake again and I'll punch your momma in the mouth.
posted by shmegegge at 2:59 PM on September 26, 2005


My momma can kick all y'alls asses.
posted by deborah at 4:46 PM on September 26, 2005


I figured it was a variation on the BBQ slogan "BBQ so good your tongue will slap your eyebrows right off your head." Yeah, I don't get it either, but I understood it.
posted by GaelFC at 4:47 PM on September 26, 2005


My understanding is that the phrase means "Mom, I am SO ANGRY that there's this INCREDIBLY GOOD dish out there and you NEVER made it for me! *slap*". Something to that effect.

I seem to recall a similar tack in a series of beer adverts, like 'Our beer is so good you'll smack your bartender for never introducing you to it' or some such. Possibly replacing the bartender with your father or best friend or someone else responsible for introducing you to Good Things(tm).
posted by cyrusdogstar at 5:17 PM on September 26, 2005


i predict a mefi burnout for someone before the year's end.

you heard it here first, folks.

wanna get in on the pool?
posted by fishfucker at 5:36 PM on September 26, 2005


That's it fishfucker, I have enough, I am out of here!
posted by caddis at 6:06 PM on September 26, 2005


In defense of Methylviolet, I also thought the phrase was odd. However, if MV hadn't started this MeTa thread, then I wouldn't have found out that the phrase is actually dialect.
posted by luneray at 7:14 PM on September 26, 2005


I am disappointed that this thread didn't even see a single new nomination for a Metafilter tagline.

Metafilter: so-good-you-punched-your-mother-in-the-face
posted by sequential at 7:16 PM on September 26, 2005


Metafilter: "Strange Superlaxative"
posted by caddis at 7:30 PM on September 26, 2005


I am NOT going to burnout before years end! I'm not, I'm NOT, I'M NOT!
posted by deborah at 9:32 PM on September 26, 2005


Actually luneraray, it's idiom, not dialect.
posted by davy at 9:34 PM on September 26, 2005


Uh, whoa, I didn't exactly mean to piss anyone off. I just think the imagery of something being so awesome you have to turn around and punch your mother in the face is hilarious. I've definitely heard "slap your mamma" in the south, and I thought "throw rocks at your gramma" was pretty good too. I never really thought into it so far as that the reason was she never introduced you to that kind of cooking.

In any case, Methylviolet, if you were seriously calling me out and now just being funny, you really need to have your humor glands checked out.
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:28 PM on September 26, 2005


punch my mother and we'll see who's laughing.
posted by wilful at 10:47 PM on September 26, 2005


*punches wilful's mother*

*laughs maniacally*
posted by Stauf at 11:14 PM on September 26, 2005


metafilter - so good you'll slap your mother
posted by pyramid termite at 9:46 AM on September 27, 2005


I never really took it as a punishment for not introducing the food to you. I always assumed that the food was so good you would go crazy and do something outlandish, something you would never, ever do in your right mind, like throwing rocks at your grandmother or slapping your mom.

A elderly cajun man once told me that his snapping turtle stew was so good (and I quote here) that it will make your "tongue slap your brain!" I always saw that as a sign that it was so good you would lose control of your senses.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:54 AM on September 27, 2005


Pollomacho, that's what I always thought too. That article I linked, claiming it had to do with punishing your mother for a failure of food introduction, seemed a little strange to me.

I thought of "slap your mama" as simlar to "smack my ass and call me sally," etc.
posted by rxrfrx at 10:00 AM on September 27, 2005


Oh yeah? Your mother has a sign out front that says:

Don't come a-knockin' if I'm with

Todd Lokken
posted by soyjoy at 1:38 PM on September 27, 2005


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