5 Fandom Friday - Geeky Expressions

5 Geeky Expressions Only Your Friends Would Understand

When compiling this list I noticed a pattern; most of my geeky expressions come from gaming. There’s a few others that didn’t make the list, like referring to a crack in a wall for Whovians, but most are those that have come up in my years playing World of Warcraft.


I think this is probably one of the most geeky expressions out there; even my dad uses this one. The best thing is that it can be used and applied to so many situations. Whether you’re seriously struggling with a problem, or having a laugh with your friends. It’s universal and everyone knows what it means. 1



This is probably the most obscure one of the list, and is more something I say regularly and usually when gaming. In most games fire = bad. I’ll be raiding and Chris will ask why I died and this will be my typical response.2


From World of Warcraft, this is a line uttered by Kael’thas after his demise in Tempest Keep. It’s become an ongoing long running joke in WoW, if a character dies or magically reincarnates you can bet someone will utter this line.3


Although this one began in World of Warcraft, it’s another one that has become universal. There’s even a wikipedia page for it which includes a list of times it has appeared in TV shows and other places. It became a viral meme very quickly, and if you’ve not yet seen the original video then go check it out (don’t read the wiki page summary, you need to experience this for yourself first!). It’s become an every day slang for my guild and friends, with one us either quoting Leroy’s cry or saying “I’m just gonna leroy it”. I’ve had even non-gamers say this in conversation before, so it’s moved well beyond WoW.4


And the classic Illidain; You are NOT Prepared! His infamous line uttered before engaging in combat with a raid in Black Temple in World of Warcraft. This has become another viral saying/meme for the WoW community, especially when the latest expansion Legion was on the way. I’ve lost count of the many instances and times when this line has been coined. Just remember… you are not prepared! 5


How about you guys; do you find that particular community or fandom has more expressions than another? Do you have a set of geeky expressions within a close group of friends or a whole fandom?





  1. Image Credit – Star Wars Uncut []
  2. Image Credit – Screencapped.net []
  3. Image Credit – EU Battlenet []
  4. Image Credit – Hearthstone Wiki []
  5. Image Credit – World of Warcraft []


  1. Ah! My friends and I in freshman year of college used “Fire bad, tree pretty” all the time! I totally forgot about that. 😀

  2. I say all of these. The only one I don’t say full is “Fire = bad, tree = pretty”… that one I usually just say “fire = bad” or “big circles bad” or, “fire bad!” hehehe

  3. Loooooved this a lot!!!! Do or do not, there is no try 🙂 Cool Dad you have 🙂

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      Haha yeah he is pretty good when it comes to geek stuff. To distract me from feeling crappy we once had a debate about Rey’s force powers in the film and whether she should have been able to instantly use a lightsaber properly. He’s a swordsman (Iadio, the art of the Samurari sword) so he kept commenting on how she wasn’t holding it properly!

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