February 27, 2009 8:10 AM   Subscribe

So, when I was younger, some kids my age would say "yeah security" as if it was a quote. To be sure, there was a lot of inflection on it. "YeeaaahSECURITY!!" Is this a quote? From what?
posted by tcv to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Are we talking 1970s, 80s, 90s -- what?
posted by nitsuj at 8:12 AM on February 27, 2009

tcv's profile says he's 38, so if we're talking teen years, mid 80s.
posted by zachlipton at 8:14 AM on February 27, 2009

Best answer: I think the Idea is, you're calling for security. Like, some crazy person is bothering you at an office, and you want them to be hauled off. I've seen that in movies and TV shows.
posted by delmoi at 8:26 AM on February 27, 2009

Response by poster: Yeah, 80s. As I recall, lots of folks would say it the same way. This led me to think it's a quote. I am 38.
posted by tcv at 8:39 AM on February 27, 2009

Maybe from a recurring sketch on SNL or In Living Color or similar?
posted by snuffleupagus at 9:36 AM on February 27, 2009

Best answer: David Spade as the passive-aggressive receptionist from late 80s SNL, perhaps?
posted by infinitewindow at 9:49 AM on February 27, 2009

what were they saying it in response to?
posted by Julnyes at 10:45 AM on February 27, 2009

Response by poster: I don't recall what provoked the response. I believe it was used in all types of situations.

What the current answers indicate is that this wasn't as wide spread as I thought. It may simply be something that was passed around the school yards in a particular area, not necessarily from a movie or some other media. That's okay. I've just always wondered.
posted by tcv at 11:24 AM on February 27, 2009

I think infinitewindow has it.
posted by _Skull_ at 1:56 PM on February 27, 2009

I recall it hearing it all the time as a kid in the 80s. Usually said with a low kind of disbelieving tone on the yeah, and drawn out "Yeahhhhhh..." a pause and a sharp "SECURITY!" said with authority. I'm pretty sure it was from the skits with David Spade where he played the receptionist to Dick Clark and rejected all sorts of people who wanted to see Dick Clark or maybe from his role as a flight attendant on Bastard Airlines. Either way I recall the way it being said as very typical of Spade's asshole like comedic delivery.
posted by JFitzpatrick at 9:52 AM on February 28, 2009

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