List of catchphrases

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This is a list of catchphrases, where a catchphrase is a short phrase or expression which has gained usage beyond its initial scope. These are not merely catchy sayings. Even though some sources may identify a phrase as a catchphrase, this list is for those that meet the definition given in the lead section of the catchphrase article and are notable for their widespread use within the culture.

This list is distinct from the list of political catchphrases.

Sometimes catchphrases can be used to shorten a word or a meaning in a non formal ways, also in most movies the main characters will have a particular catchphrase (That suits them) to be saying throughout the movie/theatre. Such as *you talking to me* and *who you gonna call*.

In British culture[edit]

Notable Catchphrases In British Culture
Catchphrase Character/Person Media Source First Appearance Notes
"Bernie, the bolt, please!" Bob Monkhouse The Golden Shot 1967 [1]
"Ooh, you are awful ... but I like you!" Dick Emery The Dick Emery Show 1963 [2]
"Don't panic!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [3]
"You are the Weakest Link! Goodbye!" Anne Robinson The Weakest Link 2000
"Is that your final answer?" Chris Tarrant Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1998
"Permission to Speak, Sir!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [4]
"They don't like it up 'em!" Lance-Corporal Jones Dad's Army 1968 [5]
"You stupid boy" Captain George Mainwaring Dad's Army 1968 [6]
"I don't believe it!" Victor Meldrew One Foot in the Grave 1990 [7]
"I'm Free" Mr. Humphries Are You Being Served? 1972 [8]
"Ooh Betty" Frank Spencer Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em 1973 [9]
"Nice to see you, to see you ... nice" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [10]
"Didn't he/she/they do well?" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [11]
"Shut that door!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [12][13]
"What a gay day!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [13]
"Seems like a nice boy!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [14]
"Look at the muck on 'ere!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [14]
"You dirty old man" Harold Steptoe Steptoe and Son 1962 [15]
"(Three words:) Fab-u-LOUS!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [16]
"A complete dahnce di-SAH-ster" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [16]
"Absolute filth . . . and I LOVED it!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [17][18][19]
"You'll like it, not a lot . . . but you'll like it" Paul Daniels The Paul Daniels Magic Show 1979 [20]
"Let's get the boys on the baize!" Rob Walker BBC TV snooker coverage 2008 [21][22]
"Are you ready? Ladies and Gentlemen! Let's...Play...DARTS!" Martin Fitzmaurice & Lakeside audience Darts World Ch'ships 1985?-2013 [23][24]
"A real bobby-dazzler" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [25][26]
"Cheap as chips" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [27][28]
"Can you hear me, mother?" Sandy Powell Radio 1930 [29]
"Does my bum look big in this?" Arabella Weir The Fast Show 1994 [30]
"I'll get me coat" Mark Williams The Fast Show 1994 [31][32]
"Silly Old Moo!" Alf Garnett Till Death Us Do Part 1965 [33]
"Listen Very Carefully, I Shall Say This Only Once" Michelle Dubois 'Allo 'Allo! 1982 [34]
"Lovely jubbly" Del Boy Only Fools and Horses 1981 [35]
"During the war..." Uncle Albert Only Fools and Horses 1985
"Eh! Eh! Alright! Alright! Calm down! Calm down!" Harry Enfield Harry Enfield's Television Programme 1990 [36]
"Is it cos I is Black?" Ali G Da Ali G Show 2000 [37][38]
"Exterminate" Dalek Doctor Who 1963–Present [39]
"How very dare you!" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [40]
"Am I bovvered?" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [41]
"What a Fucking Liberty?" Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show 2004 [42]
"Computer says no" Carol Beer Little Britain 2003-2006 [43]


In cinema[edit]

Notable Catchphrases In Cinema
Catchphrase Character/Actor Movie First Appearance Notes
"I'll be back" Terminator The Terminator 1984 [note 1][note 2]
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore Apocalypse Now 1979 [note 1][note 2]
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" Rhett Butler Gone with the Wind 1939 [note 3] [note 4]
"Here's looking at you, kid" Rick Blaine Casablanca 1942 [note 5] [note 6]
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" Don Vito Corleone The Godfather 1972 [note 7] [note 8]
"Go ahead, make my day" Harry Callahan Sudden Impact 1983 [note 9]
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" Harry Callahan Dirty Harry 1971 [note 9]
"You talkin' to me?" Travis Bickle Taxi Driver 1976 [note 10]
"Hasta la vista, baby" Terminator Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 [note 11]
"Play it again, Sam" Rick Blaine Casablanca 1942 [note 12]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b #1 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  2. ^ a b #37 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  3. ^ #2 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  4. ^ #1 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  5. ^ #6 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  6. ^ #5 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  7. ^ #10 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  8. ^ #2 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  9. ^ a b #6 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  10. ^ #10 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  11. ^ #76 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  12. ^ This catchphrase was never uttered by the character.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Monkhouse: Quiz show king". BBC News. 29 December 2003. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ooh ! You Are Awful – Dick Emery’s Big Screen Offering". www.britishclassiccomedy.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Don't panic! Props for Dad's Army play were live grenades". www.dailymail.co.uk (London). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (10 June 2002). "Permission to speak, sir?". www.guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Roycroft-Davis, Roy (3 March 2012). "SAY NO, NO, NO TO PROPPING UP THIS EU DISASTER ZONE". www.express.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Sutcliffe, Tom (30 September 2011). "Tom Sutcliffe: 'You stupid boy' spoke volumes". www.theindependent.co.uk (London). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Sims, Paul (18 March 2011). "'I don't believe it!': Judge's 'Victor Meldrew' outburst as father faces kidnap charge for asking violent teen to say sorry". www.dailymail.co.uk (London). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "One of the most repeated lines in TV comedy history" "Are You Being Served star John Inman dies". www.dailymail.co.uk (London). 8 March 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Payne, Stewart (21 August 2003). "Ooh Betty, I've got a stolen police radio". www.telegraph.co.uk (London). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nice to see you, to see you Knight". www.thenorthernecho.co.uk. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  11. ^ White, Michael (11 June 2011). "Bruce Forsyth gets long-awaited knighthood - didn't he do well?". www.guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shut that door! How the Larry Grayson effect can stop shops from going bust". www.bitterwallet.com. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Shut That Door! Larry Grayson at ITV (TV)". www.dvdcompare.net. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Brown And Clegg In Synchronised Larry Grayson Tribute". www.dailymash.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  15. ^ Dodson, Sean (26 February 2008). "Steptoe and Son to ride again". www.guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Ringtones of Revel Horwood's catchphrases are available. Accessed 15 December 2010.
  17. ^ Alison Boshoff, "Strictly Come Dancing Heats Up On and Off the Dancefloor," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  18. ^ "Louis Smith Wins Full Marks For Topless Showdance in Strictly Come Dancing Final," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  19. ^ Nadia Mendoza, "'It was Filth and I Loved It!'", Daily Mail, 14 November 2011. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  20. ^ "You'll like this, not a lot... Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee strip off to recreate the Beckhams' famous Armani pose" Daily Mail, 17 February 2009. Accessed 30 October 2014.
  21. ^ Flickr pictures by Warren, May 5 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  22. ^ Mark Reason, "Ronnie O'Sullivan greater than Tiger Woods", Daily Telegraph 4 May 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  23. ^ YouTube clip showing commentator and audience in action, 2007. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  24. ^ Mastercaller.com page. Accessed 5 May 2014
  25. ^ cf the title of Dickinson's autobiography, What A Bobby Dazzler. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  26. ^ Dan Hearn, "A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
  27. ^ Dan Hearn, " A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
  28. ^ Urban Dictionary entry from 2004. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  29. ^ "Can You Hear Me, Mother?". www.moneymagpie.com. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  30. ^ Prigg, Mark (20 March 2011). "Does my bum look big in this? Westfield unveils 'tweet mirror' for shoppers". www.thisislondon.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  31. ^ Kennedy, Victor J. (2007). Hypomanic- Mad in England. ISBN 9781847474193. 
  32. ^ TV and Radio (2011-11-10). "The Fast Show: A new series, sir? Did she want it, sir? interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  33. ^ Beacom, Brian (11 May 2010). "‘The audience gets a chance to laugh at everyone who’s daft and bigoted’". www.evening times.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  34. ^ Lyons, James (24 November 2010). "Theresa May resorts to 'Allo 'Allo French accent defending immigration plans". www.mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  35. ^ "TV provides new dictionary entries". BBC News. 30 August 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  36. ^ "Brookside fans hold Scouse demo". BBC News. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  37. ^ "Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton apologises for "Is it cos I is black?" Ali G joke". www.dailyrecord.co.uk. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  38. ^ "Is it cos I is black?". www.guardian.co.uk (London). 12 January 2000. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  39. ^ "'Exterminate!' Woman spotted with Dalek by The Leas in Folkestone". Kent Online. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  40. ^ Archibald, Ben (3 March 2011). "Me? A slut? How very DARE you?". www.dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  41. ^ Freedland, Jonathan (21 March 2007). "This political limbo leaves Brown cast as Westminster's Prince of Wales". www.guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  42. ^ Carter, Helen (21 August 2009). "Teenage girl is first to be jailed for bullying on Facebook". www.guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  43. ^ "Plan to tackle 'computer says no' banking". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

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