Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 18:02:19 -0500
From: Stewart Mason masons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU
Subject: Re: "going medieval"
I overheard a student say that another student was "going medieval." Since I
teach an HEL course, I interrupted to find out what it meant and was told that
it meant 'going psycho, berserk'. This is a new one for me. Any other
instances? Any explanation for the connection to medieval?
This was used in the movie "Pulp Fiction."
To be more precise, the character in question (criminal boss Marcellus
Wallace) is swearing vengeance on the hillbilly Zed who...well, it's a long
story. Anyway, Marcellus is promising to torture said hillbilly with
boiling oil and other devices of that age, saying "I'm gonna get medieval on
yo' ass." So the connection to medieval is explained in the movie, but
since then, I've only heard it used in the sense that you heard, and only by
people (like myself) who have seen the movie at least two or three times. I
know of no usage of it either prior to the movie or by people who haven't
seen the movie, so it's probably an invention of writer/director Quentin
Stewart Allensworth Mason
masons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ziavms.enmu.edu
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