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.

In British culture[edit]

Notable catchphrases in British culture
Catchphrase Character/Person Media source First appearance Notes
"Bernie, the bolt!" Bob Monkhouse The Golden Shot 1967 [1]
"Ooh, you are awful ... but I like you!" Dick Emery The Dick Emery Show 1963 [2]
"You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment" Francis Urquhart House of Cards 1990
"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]
"It's good night from me..." "...and it's good night from him" Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker The Two Ronnies 1971 [10]
"Nice to see you, to see you ... nice" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [11]
"Didn't he/she/they do well?" Bruce Forsyth The Generation Game 1971 [12]
"Shut that door!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [13][14]
"What a gay day!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [14]
"Seems like a nice boy!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [15]
"Look at the muck on 'ere!" Larry Grayson The Generation Game 1978 [15]
"You dirty old man" Harold Steptoe Steptoe and Son 1962 [16]
"(Three words:) Fab-u-LOUS!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [17]
"A complete dahnce di-SAH-ster" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [17]
"Absolute filth . . . and I LOVED it!" Craig Revel Horwood Strictly Come Dancing 2004 [18][19][20]
"You'll like it, not a lot . . . but you'll like it" Paul Daniels The Paul Daniels Magic Show 1979 [21]
"Let's get the boys on the baize!" Rob Walker BBC TV snooker coverage 2008 [22][23]
"Are you ready? Ladies and Gentlemen! Let's...Play...DARTS!" Martin Fitzmaurice & Lakeside audience Darts World Ch'ships 1985 [24][25]
"A real bobby-dazzler" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [26][27]
"Cheap as chips" David Dickinson Bargain Hunt and Dickinson's Real Deal 2004? [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 [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 [43]
"I have a cunning plan" Baldrick Blackadder 1983 [44]
"Hello, sweetie." River Song Doctor Who 2008 [45]
"Spoilers." River Song Doctor Who 2008 [45]

"Not interested" Kory Burnside.

On American television[edit]

In cinema[edit]

Notable catchphrases in cinema

Catchphrase Character Series First appearance Notes
"HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!" Ed McMahon The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 [46]
"I could just scream!" Captain Wallace B. "Wally" Binghampton McHale's Navy 1962
"Gee! I love that kind of talk." Ensign Charles "Chuck" Parker McHale's Navy 1962
"Bitch." Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad 2008 [46]
"Bite my shiny metal ass!" Bender Futurama 1999
"And that's the way it is." Walter Cronkite CBS Evening News 1963 [46]
"This tape will self-destruct in five seconds." The tape Mission: Impossible 1966 [46]
"yabba dabba do!" Fred Flintstone The Flintstones 1960
"Sock It To Me!" multiple cast members Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 1968 [46]
"Come on down!" Multiple announcers The Price is Right 1972 [46]
"Aaaaaaaaay!" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli Happy Days 1974 [46]
"Dy-no-mite!" Jimmy "J.J." Walker Good Times 1974 [46]
"Woo woo woo" Synclaire James Living Single 1993
"Smooches" Régine Hunter
"Hey!" Nikki and Kim Parker The Parkers 1999
"Good Morning, Angels." Charlie Townsend Charlie's Angels 1976 [46]
"Hello-o-o Nurse!" Warner Siblings Animaniacs rowspan="2"1993
"Goodnight everybody!" Yakko Warner
"I'm Ready" SpongeBob SquarePants Spongebob Squarepants 1999
"Good Morning, Krusty Krew" Patrick Star
"I love it when a plan comes together." Hannibal The A-Team 1982 [47]
"Zoinks!" Shaggy Rogers Scooby-Doo 1969
"Scooby-Dooby-Doo!" Scooby-Doo
"Don't be ridiculous." Balki Bartokomous Perfect Strangers 1986 [46]
"You got it, Dude!" Michelle Tanner Full House 1987 [46]
"Make it so." Capt. Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 [46]
"Oh, boy." Dr. Sam Beckett Quantum Leap 1989 [46]
"D'oh!" Homer Simpson The Simpsons 1989 [46]
"More Power!" Tim 'The Tool-Man' Taylor Home Improvement 1991 [46]
"Garbage day is a very dangerous day." Rocko Rocko's Modern Life 1993
"How you doin'?" Joey Tribbiani Friends 1994 [46]
"I Know!" Monica Geller Friends 1994 [48]
"More cowbell" The Bruce Dickinson Saturday Night Live 2000 [49]
"The Tribe has spoken." Jeff Probst Survivor 2000 [46]
"Grab your gear!" Jethro Gibbs NCIS 2003 [46]
"I'm going ghost!" Danny Fenton Danny Phantom 2004 [46]
"You're Fired." Donald Trump The Apprentice 2004 [46]
"Don't tell me what I can't do!" John Locke Lost 2004 [46]
"Bazinga!" Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory 2007 [46]
"I know what we're gonna do today!" Phineas Flynn Phineas and Ferb 2008 [46]
"Eat my shorts", "¡Ay, caramba!", "Don't have a cow man" Bart Simpson The Simpsons 1989 [50]
"Wubba Lubba Dub Dub" Rick Sanchez Rick and Morty 2013
Catchphrase Character/Actor Movie First appearance Notes
"I'll be back" Terminator The Terminator 1984 [note 1][note 2]
"Hasta la vista, baby" Terminator Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 [note 3]
"Here's Johnny!" Jack Torrance The Shining 1980
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning" Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore Apocalypse Now 1979 [note 1][note 2]
"My precious" Gollum The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002
"I am Groot" Groot Guardians of the Galaxy 2014
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" Rhett Butler Gone with the Wind 1939 [note 4][note 5]
"Here's looking at you, kid" Rick Blaine Casablanca 1942 [note 6][note 7]
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" Don Vito Corleone The Godfather 1972 [note 8][note 9]
"Why so serious?" The Joker The Dark Knight 2008
"What have I done" Lt. Col Nicholson The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
"Butthead" Biff Tannen Back to the Future 1985
"Morning" Nicholas Angel Hot Fuzz 2007
"Go ahead, make my day" Harry Callahan Sudden Impact 1983 [note 10]
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" Harry Callahan Dirty Harry 1971 [note 10]
"Show me the money!" Rod Tidwell Jerry Maguire 1996
"I have a bad feeling about this" Multiple, first spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars 1977
"May the force be with you"
"We're doomed!" Multiple, spoken by C-3PO Star Wars Episodes IV, V, VI and VII 1977
"It's a trap!" Admiral Ackbar Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983
"You talkin' to me?" Travis Bickle Taxi Driver 1976 [note 11]
"You're Gonna need a bigger boat" Martin Brody Jaws 1975
"Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker" John McClane Die Hard film series 1988 [note 12]
"Say hello to my little friend" Tony Montana Scarface 1983 [note 13]
"Toodaloo, motherfuckers!" Leslie Chow The Hangover 2009
"Release the Kraken!" Zeus Clash of the Titans 2010 [51]
"The name is Bond, James Bond" James Bond Dr No 1962 [note 3]
"I pity the fool" Mr. T Rocky III 1982
"We have ways to make men talk" Mohammed Khan The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1935 [52]
"It has been revoked" Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 2 1989

On the Internet[edit]

See also[edit]

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. ^ a b #76 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  4. ^ #2 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  5. ^ #1 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  6. ^ #6 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  7. ^ #5 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  8. ^ #10 on Time Magazine's top 10 catchphrases.
  9. ^ #2 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  10. ^ a b #6 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  11. ^ #10 on the American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.
  12. ^ #96 on Premiere magazine's top 100 Greatest Movie Lines.
  13. ^ #61 on American Film Institute's top 100 Movie Quotes.

References[edit]

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  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. ^ "Ronnie Corbett obituary: '...And it's goodnight from him'". www.liverpoolecho.co.uk. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
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  15. ^ a b "Brown And Clegg In Synchronised Larry Grayson Tribute". www.dailymash.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  16. ^ Dodson, Sean (26 February 2008). "Steptoe and Son to ride again". www.guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Ringtones of Revel Horwood's catchphrases are available. Accessed 15 December 2010.
  18. ^ Alison Boshoff, "Strictly Come Dancing Heats Up On and Off the Dancefloor," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  19. ^ "Louis Smith Wins Full Marks For Topless Showdance in Strictly Come Dancing Final," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  20. ^ Nadia Mendoza, "'It was Filth and I Loved It!'", Daily Mail, 14 November 2011. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ Flickr pictures by Warren, May 5 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  23. ^ Mark Reason, "Ronnie O'Sullivan greater than Tiger Woods", Daily Telegraph 4 May 2008. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  24. ^ YouTube clip showing commentator and audience in action, 2007. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  25. ^ Mastercaller.com page. Accessed 5 May 2014
  26. ^ cf the title of Dickinson's autobiography, What A Bobby Dazzler. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  27. ^ Dan Hearn, "A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
  28. ^ Dan Hearn, " A real Bobby Dazzler in Oxford", Oxford Mail, 28 October 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014
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  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. 
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  32. ^ TV and Radio (2011-11-10). "The Fast Show: A new series, sir? Did she want it, sir? interview". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
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  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. 
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  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. ^ Hurley, James (28 March 2013). "Plan to tackle 'computer says no' banking". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  44. ^ "20 of the best TV catchphrases ever: Vote on your favourite quotes and one-liners". www.mirror.co.uk. 16 March 2014. 
  45. ^ a b https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2013/may/31/doctor-who-river-song-divide-fans
  46. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Diane Clehane (September 9, 2013). "TV's 60 Greatest Catchphrases". TV Guide. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  47. ^ Sachs, R. (2010). What Would Rob Do: An Irreverent Guide to Surviving Life's Daily Indignities. Wiley. p. pt57. ISBN 978-0-470-59426-1. 
  48. ^ Cite error: The named reference TVGUIDE was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  49. ^ "9. Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult". 50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time. Rolling Stone. February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  50. ^ "'The Simpsons': Nancy Cartwright on the origin of 'Eat my shorts'". 2011-10-30. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  51. ^ http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2035319_2034745_2034738,00.html
  52. ^ http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2010/01/lives-of-bengal-lancer-we-have-ways-to.html

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