So a character wants to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. Catch Phrases
are always a good way, since you don't need to see them in order to know who they are. But a single catch phrase is so boring.
The answer: just add a specific prefix/suffix onto words.
In some cases, they'll create new words with new meanings this way, but more often than not they're just the same word with that prefix/suffix tacked on, and no definition changes. Sometimes, also, other characters may start using these words as well, turning them into, in a manner, Borrowed Catchphrases
or Share Phrases
The ultimate of this trope is, unsurprisingly, McDonalds
, who use their 'Mc' prefix on almost everything they sell. In their case, not only have their words made the general vernacular, but also their naming habits, as The Other Wiki has proven
of Catch Phrase
. If used often enough, McVocab may become involuntary, ultimately turning into a Verbal Tic
Live Action Television
- Snoop Dogg attaches '-izzle' to a lot of his words, although a fair bit of those words have half of them removed, e.g. "fo' shizzle" for "for sure".
- Final Fantasy X-2: According to Rikku's brother, Brother, she has a habit of doing this with human words, and even chides her for it. Most notably, her inclusion of, "iffic", to the word "disaster"; resulting in "disasteriffic".
- King of Fighters: Yuri Sakazaki has a habit of ending nearly all of her sentences, and certain words, with "-tchi". It was originally a schtick her voice actress, Kaori Horie, came up with, which stuck and has since become a regular part of her character's speech pattern.
- Total Drama Island Season 4: Revenge of the Island had Lightning, whose big thing was words starting with "Sha-" (including Shazam).
- In Captain N: The Game Master, Kid Icarus (who should have been named Pit) tended to tack "-icus" on the end of words.
- Due to the fact that he often speaks with a slight Speech Impediment (not unlike that of a 5-year-old), Mr Bogus will often use the word "mondo" before adding the letter 'o' at the end of a word used after it in his sentences. Examples include "Mondo coolo", "Mondo safe-o", etc.
- The Simpsons has two, by two different characters:
- Homeric ma-infixation is an interesting application of McVocab in that the particle "-ma-" is an infix (it is put in the middle of a word), producing words like saxomaphone and babamabushka. Homer, as you can guess, uses it a lot.
- Flanders also adds "-diddly" to a few of his words.
- Similar to the Homer Simpson example, Yogi Bear frequently calls picnic baskets "pic-a-nic baskets".
- In Dwarf Fortress forums, it's fairly common for players to refer to their dwarves as "Urist Mc(adjective or profession)". As in "Urist McMiner", "Urist McSpeardwarf", or "Urist McCannonfodder".