As many teenagers in the 1990s, I was a fan of Adam Sandler comedies. Back before Jack & Jill and Little Nicky, he made a couple of funny movies, including Billy Madison. Like many people in their teens and 20s, I watched this movie numerous times. The line that always stuck with me was: "O'DOYLE RULES!"
In my mid-20s, I used to go to various bars and parties with my friend, Kerri. One night, I joked to her that she should yell, "[My last name] rules!" and then I would go, "DAMN RIGHT, I DO." I don't think we ever did do that at the party. To be honest, we might have done that but I was just too drunk to remember what happened this many years later.
Then [my last name] Rules! slowly transformed into something I'd say when I would be really proud about something I said, did or if I just wanted to troll someone's Facebook.
I just got my yearly review and it was all positive. [My last name] rules!
I got Boomer to shake on command. [My last name] rules!
I hit my head off my car door. [My last name] rules?
It was always something silly I'd say because I'm a silly girl who loves silly things. I remember my dad joking that it sounded like it meant, "These are my rules and you must follow them." That inspired a lot of jokes but never caught on.
Then after I got sick, I would say [My last name] rules! as a way to rally the crowds. Well, here is a girl facing a horrible disease that killed her mother, but it's all good. She is still her same old self.
I never would have imagined that a silly joke that came from an Adam Sandler would be a long-running joke that would catch on among friends, family (trying to get my brothers' kids to start saying it) and hell, even some of my coworkers.