Apparently ‘pulling a Jeremy’ can be defined as having to eat one’s words after saying something that no one with even a modicum of social grace would ever say in the first place. I didn’t realize quite how much of an established phrase it was until two old friends of mine (who had never met before) started telling ‘Jeremy stories.’
Dylan told one, “So I was sitting with a friend in the computer lab in the basement of Schaffer Senior year helping this friend out with his Senior project. Jeremy takes one look at the computer and says, ‘What are you doing? Watching shitty flash animations?’ and when my friend said, ‘No. This is my final project,’ Jeremy kind of shrugged and walked away as quickly as possible. Just no awareness whatsoever for his surroundings.’
Vosko said, “Wow. That’s like the perfect Jeremy story. If I ever need to describe you, that’s the story I’m going to tell.”
Just now, a woman with four young girls and two babies in a stroller needed a hand opening a door. I was about to help her when she said, “Oh, don’t bother – one of them will get it.” Two of the four girls went to open the door.
I said, “Oh, that’s the advantage of having that many-”
I stopped myself, realizing finishing the sentence with “-children” might have been seen as offensive.
She said, “Well – one of them’s not mine,” to save face for both of us.
I’m suspecting this is what they were talking about.