When I first found the subjunctive, she was broke and butt-naked
Now she wants half.

from Ben Lerner – [What, if not the derivative, will keep us warm?] on Rap Genius


This is a reference to Jay-z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls”:

I’m like, ‘excuse me Ms. Fufu, but when I met your ass
You were dead broke and naked, now you want half

Lerner was a Fulbright scholar in Spain. In Spanish the subjunctive is used to express emotion and opinion, both of which are expressed in the Jay-z quote

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