Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

The Boss of Malcolm, Dirk, Monica, and Others

Posted by Neal on July 25, 2004

I also got a lot of reader responses to my post on “You’re not the boss of me!” Most of them wrote to tell me that if I had not been so quick to filter the They Might Be Giants song “Boss of Me” out of my Google search, I would have learned that it is the theme song for Malcolm in the Middle, and has been for all five or six seasons of the show. That, they pointed out, probably had a lot to do with the phrase’s increasing popularity.

A good number of respondents also mentioned the movie Boogie Nights, in which porn star Dirk Diggler tells off his producer, saying, “You’re not the boss of me, Jack! You’re not the king of Dirk! I’m the boss of me! I’m the king of me. I’m Dirk Diggler!”
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2 Responses to “The Boss of Malcolm, Dirk, Monica, and Others”

  1. [...] On the Boss of Me Readers who have been with me since 2004 may remember a couple of posts I did when I was looking into the history of the phrase You’re not the boss of me (as opposed [...]

  2. [...] was written and performed by They Might Be Giants (you know, the guys who did “(You’re Not the) Boss of Me“). Here, see for [...]

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