Don’t call me Shirley…or sir
One of moviedom’s biggest comic contributions came from Airplane! when Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielson) “surely, you can’t be serious.” Rumack replies:
“I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley.”
No one’s calling me Shirley but they are calling me “sir.”
And I’m not liking it.
When I was younger, I called most everyone over a certain age, “sir”. Just seemed appropriate and respectful, especially if I couldn’t remember his name. In fact over the…