Friday, 10 August 2012

You have to stop the Q-Tip when there's resistance!

Joey shares too much of an unnecessary information about his tailor.

Joey: He did my first suit when I was 15... No, wait, 16... No, excuse me, 15... All right, when was 1990?

Chandler (irritated): You have to stop the Q-Tip when there's resistance!

What is Q-Tip? What is the whole "You have to stop the Q-Tip when there's resistance" expression is referring to?


  1. Ok

    1. Q-Tip(according to Wiki) is a cotton swabs brand name. Q here stands of "Quality". And the term "Q-tips" is often used as a genericized trademark for cotton swabs in the USA.

    2. The expression "You have to stop the Q-Tip when there's resistance" means when you are cleaning your ears you have got to stop pushing the swab inside, because you may harm yourself.

    3. The reason why Chandler says it to Joey is that is shorter way of saying "you Joey better clean your ears more carefully next time, because it seems to damage your brain"

  2. Добавлю.
    Чендлер "намекает", что Джо иногда такой глупый, что кажется, что он слишком далеко проталкивает палочки в ухо и задевает мозг.
    На русский я бы перевел так (учитываю экспрессию фразы):
    Когда чистишь уши и во что-то упираешься - остановись!

    1. It is a good way to translate it in Russian, thanks!

  3. This was something i could not get. thanks :)

  4. I have to disagree with @tka about why Chandler says this to Joey. The reason why Chandler says this to Joey is not because of what you said, he says this because Joey's just giving too much information and Chandler thinks that just like Q-tip being pushed in spite of the resistance damaging the eardrum, the too much information's gonna damage his eardrum.

    1. @John Smith it makes sense.

    2. absolutely not, he for sure implies that joey is stupid. how can "when was 1990" too much information? it's just stupid that he asks when that was, when he already have the answer, but is trying to calculate how long ago it was to figure out how old he were.