If you were born in or around the 80s chances are Marty McFly featured large in your childhood. Something about the combination of his wide-eyed wonder and teenage recklessness made Marty the kind of guy you’d want to hang around. The many harrowing experiences he endured simply endeared him to us further, as he saved himself from oblivion several times and repeatedly outwit the many iterations of Biff Tannen via the assistance of a handy hoverboard or some mad guitar skills, or the inevitable pile of manure.
In fact many of you would still count the Back to the Future trilogy among the best movies ever made. I know I do, not simply for the sheer entertainment value, which is significant even thirty years on, but because the films spoke intimately and intelligently to the sense of adventure and personal triumph that we all crave, making them truly timeless in their appeal and also their relevance.
The movies had a vast impact on popular culture, with the crazy inventiveness of the narrative spawning references wide and varied from hiphop tunes, to presidential addresses, to the emergence of 80s skateboard culture. And the mild DeLorean was never the same again.
In honour of this very great of days, 21 October 2015, I’d like to acknowledge the linguistic contribution of Back to the Future to our modern vernacular. Here are fifteen things you now say because of Dr. Emmett Brown and his silver DeLorean.
“Manure! I hate manure!”
“Nobody calls me chicken.”
“Whoa. This is heavy.”
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
“If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 mph…you’re gonna see some serious shit.”
“Why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here?”
“The time-travelling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women.”
“You’re the doc, Doc.”
“What happens to us in the future? Do we become assholes or something?”
“I foresee two possibilities. One, coming face to face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock and she’d simply pass out. Or two, the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe!”
“I’m your density.”
“Well, that is your name, isn’t it? Calvin Klein? It’s written all over your underwear.”
“It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.”
“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”
Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone.