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In the movie Pulp Fiction, two separate characters at two separate times make first-name based rhymes.

The first time, Jules says:

My name's Pitt, and your ass ain't talking your way out of this shit.

The second time, the bartender says:

My name is Paul, and this shit is between y'all.

Jules is not named Pitt, and according to IMDB, in the script, the bartender's name is English Bob.

Is there a real-world reference or reason for both of these characters to make rhyming first-name comebacks?

  • I'm really curious about the "Pitt" myself. I'm guessing it's just an alias he uses on this job much like the assigned color names in Reservoir Dogs? – Jesse C. Slicer Oct 18 '19 at 18:46
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One reason is Tarantino like rhymes. Thanks to non sequitur for collecting theseTarantino rhymes:

My name's Paul, and this is between y'all (Paul, the bartender in Pulp Fiction)

My name's Pitt, and you ain't talkin' your ass outta this shit. (Jules in Pulp Fiction)

My name is Buck, and I'm here to fuck. (Buck in Kill Bill)

Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead. (Butch in Pulp Fiction)

Kill Bill (The title of the movie rhymes)

If your hand ain't off that case, I'm gonna unload right in your fuckin' face.(Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction)

Somebody with a grudge blew Beaumont's brains out. Oh shit, that shit rhymes! "Blew Beau-mont's, brains out!" (Ordell in Jackie Brown)

As pointed out on Movie Mistakes. The person who is asks Jules is named Brad before Jules says his name is Pitt; so perhaps this is also a joke... Brad Pitt.

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It’s actually a lot simpler than you guys are making it seem.

Jules says “My name’s PIT”...as in Brett is stuck in a PIT (a metaphor for being in trouble) and he can’t talk his way out of it

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    Got any evidence for that that you could edit in? As shown by the other answer, it seems much more likely this is an artistic choice by Tarantino than a pit metaphor. – Jenayah Apr 12 at 1:37
  • The rhyme is funny, but the metaphor is the real joke - if you can’t see it it’s because you’re not looking. Tarantino did similar stuff in most of his films. – Chip Skylark Apr 12 at 2:16
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    I'm not sure this answers the actual question, which is whether the rhymes are a real-world reference to anything. – F1Krazy Apr 12 at 10:26
  • This also fails to explain the "Paul" one. – JMac Apr 13 at 16:35

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