"Yes, mother dear?"
"You know everything!"
"Okay, so I was reading Of Mice and Men last night, and there's this phrase that Lenny says, and I think there's something based on it, and I don't know what the thing is that's based on it, if it's a reference, or..."
I've never read Of Mice and Men. But I don't think that's any indication that I don't know much about pop culture. Or references. I had no idea that "help me, Earthworm Jim, you're my only hope" was a reference to Star Wars for about three years.
"It's something like... He is my something and I shall call him something or something..."
"Finding Nemo! I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy!"
"FANTASTIC! I've been wondering about that all night!"
I could still hear her rhapsodising about it to my dad as I wandered through to the kitchen in search of coffee.
And was very pleased to have resisted the urge to add that my second girlfriend used to say that about my penis.
Because, you know, references.