Help me be clever!
April 21, 2010 11:19 AM   Subscribe

Calling all clever wordcrafters! I need help coming up with something to engrave on a flask for my boyfriend. Details and restrictions inside.

I have two options: engrave 12 characters or engrave 2 lines of 15 characters each

For my birthday he gave me an ipod with “You make my dreams come true.” Hall and Oates “You make my dreams” is our silly song. I tried other lines from the song but they are too long.

About us: together for almost 4 years, we are both artists/photographers, we have a dog, we are a hetero couple. . .I don’t know!! He is turning 25 and I am also getting him a very nice Scotch. We are silly people, not super romantic.

His interests include: football (the Browns), basketball (the Cavs), photography, Ultimate Frisbee, sandwiches, hanging out in his underwear, you know, guy stuff!

Also, it can’t be anything embarrassing for other people to see. Nothing overly dirty. Please help! I am really terrible at writing short, snappy phrases.
posted by rachums to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
You could go for something from the same album, Voices. If you're feeling silly, "How Does It Feel to Drink Jack?"
posted by adipocere at 11:24 AM on April 21, 2010


When I had my flask engraved I opted for, "IN CASE OF SNAKEBITE," alluding to this W.C. Fields quote. YMMV but the reception to that inscription has been worth much more than all the bourbon I've ever snuck from it.
posted by The White Hat at 11:27 AM on April 21, 2010 [5 favorites]


Might we assume the flask is for the scotch? How bout translating hall and oates lyrics into scottish gaelic or celtic? or just 'I love you" into one of those?
posted by OHenryPacey at 11:30 AM on April 21, 2010


Comics references!

THE PEOPLE VS. YOUR BF'S NAME EXHIBIT A.
posted by The Whelk at 11:41 AM on April 21, 2010 [4 favorites]


Partial to "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY"
posted by The Whelk at 11:42 AM on April 21, 2010


"REMEMBER TO BE A GENTLEMAN"

"WHAT WOULD JAMES BOND (or whomever) DO?"

"WARNING. CONTENTS FLAMMABLE"
posted by The Whelk at 11:46 AM on April 21, 2010


"You make my drams come true"?
posted by newmoistness at 11:49 AM on April 21, 2010 [9 favorites]


"I like Scotch. Scotchy-Scotch-Scotch."

Only works if he has an affinity for rather dorky comedies.
posted by amanda at 11:51 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


"DRINK ME"

Some kind of medical-ish instruction "WARNING: MAY CAUSE INTOXICATION" or "WARNING: DO NOT HANDLE HEAVY MACHINERY AFTER TAKING"..etc..etc.
posted by The Whelk at 11:52 AM on April 21, 2010


..."For Medical Use Only".


Yes, I have been thinking about getting a flask recently.
posted by The Whelk at 11:54 AM on April 21, 2010


INTERNAL USE ONLY
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 12:05 PM on April 21, 2010


"The blushful Hippocrene"
posted by Go Banana at 12:06 PM on April 21, 2010


LET US ALL
GET CRUNK
posted by Greg Nog at 12:07 PM on April 21, 2010 [3 favorites]


Why wouldn't the first line from the song work?

What I want
You've got


This works in two ways: He's got what you want, and the flask also has what (presumably) he wants.
posted by runningwithscissors at 12:24 PM on April 21, 2010 [8 favorites]


Kindred Spirits
XXX
Free Spirits
Pour Judgement
Pour House
Good Spirits
Spirits in the Night
Proof Positive
Whiskey Business
Proof of Concept
Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Proof of Purchase
posted by carmicha at 1:09 PM on April 21, 2010


They Did The Mash
posted by Damn That Television at 1:35 PM on April 21, 2010


"THE LAST BEST HOPE FOR HUMANITY"
posted by The Whelk at 1:41 PM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


To alcohol: the cause and solution to all of life's problems!
posted by fantasticninety at 2:27 PM on April 21, 2010


Are spaces included in the character count? If not, you could try either of these fragments from the song. (I went by the line breaks in this link. Each of these is the end of one line and the beginning of another.) I think that the line break form is clever and unexpected, while using the song and conveying the right kind of message. Given what you say about yourselves and the line on your gift I especially like the second option.

"full stock of
thoughts & dreams"

"with the dreamer
I can laugh"
posted by oddman at 2:31 PM on April 21, 2010


"Praise
Bacchus"

"From Bacchus"

"In Bacchus
we Trust"

(alternatively, Dionysus.)
posted by sentient at 3:07 PM on April 21, 2010


"Happy Juice"
"Laffy Juice"
"Smart Maker"
"Brain Food"
"Gatorade"
"Viagra"
"Liquid
Extenz"
"May Cause
Shrinkage"
"Exlax"
"Liquid Beano"
"Where All My
Date $ Went"
"Boss Be-Gone"
"Girl Be-Gone"
"Liquid
Courage"
"Spinach"
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 5:05 PM on April 21, 2010


Victory Gin.
In case of thirst.
posted by blazingunicorn at 5:22 PM on April 21, 2010


There's the W. C. Fields quote: "I don't drink water, fish fuck in it." Other variants, if that's too dirty, are "I don't drink water, fish poop in it" and "I don't drink water, water rusts pipes."
posted by Kattullus at 5:23 PM on April 21, 2010


http://www.links2love.com/quotes.htm

http://honeymoons.about.com/cs/wordsofwisdom/a/passionatequote.htm
"You're nothing short of my everything." - Ralph Block
"What will survive of us is love." - Philip Larkin
posted by theora55 at 7:29 PM on April 21, 2010


Thanks for all the great ideas! I think I am going with What I want, you got. For some reason, I was locked in this idea of having to use full lines in a line. Duh! But, Let us all get crunk was a serious contender.
Unfortunately, I don't think my BF knows who WC Fields was. Kids these days!

Thanks! You all are totally clever.
posted by rachums at 10:15 AM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yay! I might have to steal Greg Nog's idea. Don't tell him, but I propose to him in my head just about every time I read Metafilter.
posted by runningwithscissors at 9:32 AM on April 24, 2010


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