Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 17:25:42 -0600

From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU

Subject: Re: "going 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


Thanks, Stewart -- after I sent that off,

I went scampering about the web, looking

for a site with a Pulp Fiction script,

and couldn't find the aforementioned quote.

But methinks you hit the nail on the proverbial head.



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