In "How I met your mother" TV series, there is a character Barney Stinson, who is the author of this semi-popular quote:
When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. [sic!]
Obviously, this is grammatically incorrect, because infinite form of the verb can't be used this way. However, I would like to understand why is it phrased this way. After googling a little, I found a few places where people were saying that it is slang.
One of the best (in my opinion) comments also mentioned that
What he meant here was "I stop being sad and choose to be awesome instead." If he said "I become awesome" it would change the meaning. He does not mean that he stops being sad and begins to work on growing more awesome, but that he is awesome.
which, based on the character, seems very plausible. Now, what I really want to know is:
- is this really some kind of slang, or is it just something the scriptwriters invented?
- how would a native speaker understand the meaning of the phrase without any context?