I can pretty much relate any real life situation back to an episode of Friends. (Or The Simpsons.) So when moving recently I obviously took any opportunity to yell “PIVOT!” ala Ross. Here’s a list of words that will cause any Friends fan to begin an intense quotefest. Whether you like it or not.
As discussed, Ross, when directing the moving of a couch up a stairwell, yells pivot…repeatedly. If you mention moving or moving couches or tight stairwells or even just the word pivot in a normal context any Friends fan will yell this word back at you, complete with the “PIVAAAAAAAT” version. I’m so sorry.
Possible quotes: “PIVOT PIVOT!” “PIVAAAAAT” “Shut up, shut up, shut upppppppppp!”
2. Leather pants
A co-worker mentioned to me the other day she was breaking in new leather pants and I immediately said “hahaha remember that Friends episode???” Basically, the gang is trying out their New Year’s resolutions and Ross’ is to try a new thing each day so one day he tries wearing leather pants but obviously can’t get them back on and calls Joey for help and ends up creating a paste (which he unfortunately cannot make into a pair of paste pants) and has to leave his date’s house with his pants in a ball. Poor Ross.
Possible quotes: “Someone comment on the pants!” “And the lotion and the powder have made a paste!”
3. Spray tans
Aw Ross. If you ever ask my advice on getting a spray tan I WILL just casually mention that you MIGHT become an 8 just like Ross. And it might be the worst experience of your life. Sorry.
Possible quotes: “I’m an 8?!” “Mississippi-lessly???”
4. Thanksgiving sandwich
We’ve all been there, buddy. You put a sandwich (or a Chobani yogurt, KAREN) in a work fridge, you forget to properly label it (Or you did and someone ignored you) and it gets eaten. Not having food I planned on eating throws me into a rage too, Ross. Especially if it was a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich with a “moist maker.”
Possible quotes: “Well what did the police say?!” “Someone ATE the only good thing going on in my life!”
“Unagi is a state of total awareness,” according to Ross. He teaches it to Phoebe and Rachel after they’ve started taking a self-defense class. I cannot get NEAR a sushi restaurant without talking about unagi.
Possible quotes: “Ah salmon skin roll.” “Say we are unagi!”
If any couple anywhere talks about taking a “break” – including when I was the one saying it, I am ONLY thinking about Friends. I’m probably just quoting Friends lines in most of my daily life, actually. And then “we were on a break!” immediately follows.
Possible quotes: “WE WERE ON A BREAK!”
7. Teeth whitening
Anything that isn’t just a Crest White Strip or like, “whitening” toothpaste that you do to your teeth makes me assume you will end up with teeth like Ross that you can see from space.
Possible quotes: “They’re really white!” “What was wrong with your old…human teeth?”