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Today’s topic is: M*A*S*H quotes you’ve used in real life
Are You a Fan of Potterisms?
M*A*S*H featured countless quotable quotes and delightful lines of dialogue during its 11 years on the air. Have you ever used a line for mash in real life either jokingly or seriously? To be honest I can’t think of any lines of dialogue off the top of my head that seem suited for real life. Many of the witty lines and dramatic exchanges work perfectly within the context of the TV show but not in real life.
Can you imagine someone using Hawkeye’s “river of liver” speech from “Adam’s Rib” or the “spirit of a Winchester” speech Charles gave in “Fade Out, Fade In” in real life? I can’t.
However, there are at least two quotes from M*A*S*H I have used in real life. Many years ago, without realizing it, I used a variation of this quote while trying to convince someone:
“Sherman, you can give me a hundred good reasons to leave, and I can’t give you one good reason to stay. Stay anyway.”
Hawkeye, “Potter’s Retirement”
It was only months later, while watching the episode, that I realized I’d paraphrased Hawkeye.
Also, on more than once occasion I’ve jokingly used a line of dialogue from “M*A*S*H–The Pilot”:
“I peeked at the end, Frank. The devil did it.”
Trapper, “M*A*S*H–The Pilot”
Finally, there’s one quote I’ve always wanted to fit into conversation but just haven’t had the opportunity:
“The instrument has yet to be invented that can measure my indifference to that remark.”
Hawkeye, “Alcoholics Unanimous”
Do you regularly use any quotes from M*A*S*H in real life? Maybe you’re a fan of Potterisms like “Horse hockey!” or “Mule muffins!”
Hit the comments with your thoughts.