That’s just revisionism speaking though, isn’t it? Seeing at the time, in 1994, there was just nothing like it and there hadn’t been anything even arguably similar for well over a decade at that point. But you see this a lot with works that have been hugely influential, the way so much stuff has used the ideas that the ideas seem kind of old hat, especially if the original isn’t burned into your brain (which it very much was for me, given I saw it at 16, a very impressionable age).
And I’m not sure the dialogue counts as “verbal diarrhea”, because that implies characters people can’t/won’t stop speaking, which is definitely not true. Rather it was flow-of-consciousness dialogue with stylized language but naturalistic pacing and subjects, which was virtually unseen in movies, and I can’t even think of any TV from that era where people actually talk like people talk. And I dunno about anyone you knew, but the people in Pulp Fiction talked much more like all the humans I knew, in 1994, than movie characters normally did.
You sort of seem to suggest the lack of meaning is a bug, but it’s actually a feature, surely? Dialogue shouldn’t always have to be freighted with dreadful meaning, and attempting to pack in undertones, foreshadowing and complexity and so on - that’s how you end up sounding like a DRAMA!!! rather than humans communicating. That’s how you end up with Aaron Sorkin-type total bullshit (albeit also David Mamet, who tends to work out a lot better than Sorkin). Sometimes (often) people just talk shit, or just talk about nothing, sometimes people speak for effect, rather than to truly convey meaning (“And I shall smite down upon thee…” etc.), and even serious British film-makers were not actually engaging with the realities of human communication (with the realities of the human condition, sure, but the dialogue was often just overwrought). The dialogue is stylized, for sure but it was great to escape the sort of almost Shakespearean bollocks of most Hollywood (and indeed British) movies/TV of the era, where utterances all had to be weighty (even in bloody comedies sometimes).
A lot of the imitators really missed the point on that one, and instead just had super-stylized dialogue that was essentially normal Hollywood dialogue with a veneer on it, and maybe had one very artificial scene which attempted to imitate the burger king discussion.
The other big ones for people talking like people talk were all on TV - My So-Called Life (which didn’t do it all the time, but did some of the time), Buffy, and weirdly to some extent Friends.
Another thing people forget about Pulp Fiction is how amazing the music was, and how much of a breath of fresh air that was, compared to the soundtracks of “normal” movies. I remember I had the CD of the soundtrack and on school bus trips, it was in the top three CDs people wanted played (the Cranberries were, admittedly, one of the other ones, and I’m struggling to remember the third).
It seems unfortunately, that we’ve sort of returned to an era of overwrought dialogue, if we ever truly left. Hopefully someone can shake cinema up again a bit, especially as the superhero fad begins to die (if Marvel things they’re going to reignite it with The Eternals, I feel like they’re very confused - it may well be a “solid” movie, but I don’t think it’s going to particularly get people excited. Honestly with the main cast I’m not sure it’ll even be solid).