Created By: BlackDragon on June 26, 2010 Last Edited By: BlackDragon on August 4, 2010

A Rare Sentence

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Basically, when odd conditions prompts someone to say something utterly crazy-sounding, and someone else (usually the local Deadpan Snarker) comments that "I doubt that's ever been said before" or "Now there's a sentence that doesn't get used much", or similar. Essentially a Stock Phrase, but hard to name as such since it can be formulated in a ton of different ways.

I don't do this often, but I'll have to call a Seen It a Million Times on this - I can't think of any specific examples, but I know I've seen it all over the place.

Ah, but I did manage to steal an example from another YKTTW:
Susan: But I want you to remember, I intend this breast satirically.
Patrick: Now there's a sentence that can't come up too often.
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  • June 26, 2010
    This happened during Friends, "The One With The Holiday Armadillo."
    Monica: Okay, Ben, why don't you come open some more presents? And Santa, the armadillo and I will have a little talk in the kitchen. There's a sentence I never thought I'd say.
  • June 26, 2010
    (Nevermind, accidentally replied to wrong thread)
  • June 26, 2010
    From a review of Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me: "Colonel Sanders also has midget power. I hope to the gaming powers that be that this is the first time in the history of life that anyone has typed 'Colonel Sanders also has midget power'."
  • June 26, 2010
    • Stephen Fry on QI, reading a correction: "The language of the Flowerpot Men is actually called Oddle-Poddle. Flobadob means flowerpot in Oddle-Poddle. I cannot believe I just said that."
    • Have I Got News For You: "You come along here with your bowl of fruit and you think you're Isaac Newton!... And how many times has that sentence been said in anger?"
    • In A Bit Of Fry And Laurie, in a sketch about language, they celebrate being able to say a sentence no one has ever said before: "Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers." Although that one might not count because it doesn't come up in the context of an actual story.
  • June 26, 2010
    The ABOFL thing is almost certainly a reference to Chomsky's famous "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously", which is probably also worth a mention.
  • June 27, 2010
    Talk Show
  • June 28, 2010
    Happens a lot over at That Guy With The Glasses, usually followed by "...and I can't believe I just said that."
  • June 28, 2010
    Looks like I accidentally made the exact same YKTTW (I called it "First Time That's Been Said"). I'll list the examples I and other people came up with there.

    • The Rant for Darths And Droids remarks that they're the first people in the history of the Internet to string together the sentence, "Jar Jar, you're a genius!"
    • In Top Gear:
      Clarkson: I've shoved my anarchy flag through my water lilo!
      Hammond: Nobody's ever said that before.
    • An Order Of The Stick strip has;
      "Did that halfling just hit me in the face with a pineapple?"
      "Yes, he did...and congratulations I don't think anyone in history's ever said that."

    (There was one other example but I don't think it fits.)
  • June 28, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    • This Dinosaur Comics strip.
      T-Rex: I've allowed my love of gravy to distract from my prescriptivist linguistic crusade!
      T-Rex: Seriously? Does that mean I get into heaven FOR FREE??
      God: HONESTLY
      God: IT HELPS
  • June 29, 2010
    • Mystery Science Theatre 3000, "Santa Claus Vs. The Martians" (IIRC):
      Martian: The people of Earth do not realize that Santa Claus has been kidnapped.
      Tom Servo: You do realize what you just said.
  • July 3, 2010
    How about Never Thought Id Say That for a title?
  • July 3, 2010
    That might be confused with Always Wanted To Say That.

  • July 4, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    Charlie Brooker will add "That not a sentence I thought I'd use" for particularly weird similes or describing some kind of insane events happening on TV. Also if has to be positive about something, such as this (about Meet The Natives, where Tanna tribesmen come to Britain in a reversed anthropology show):

    Downright heartwarming. That's a phrase I don't get to type very often. Mostly because I don't know what it means. I don't have a heart. I have an unbeating onyx cricket ball.

    You could probably find a similar quote for most Caustic Critics.
  • July 5, 2010
    From The Agony Booth's recap of Zardoz: "Then we cut to a naked May explaining Marxist philosophy while mathematical formulae are projected on her breasts. And you know, sometimes you type a sentence that makes you stop and ask yourself, did I really just type that?"

    The Troper Tales for this will be fun.
  • July 5, 2010
    Invoked in The Authority story where the "off switch" for Seth's powers is a sentence that no one in that universe would ever say...unless they knew it already.
  • July 5, 2010
    In the Pilot Episode of Get Smart Max's code for meeting 99 is that 99 will say "New York Mets Win Doubleheader," which is a secure password because it would never happen, so nobody will ever say it unless it's 99 contacting him. Then guess what happens? And guess what a six-year-old reads off a newspaper headline?
    Boy: New York Mets win double header!
    Max: New York Mets win double header.
    Boy: Yes.
    Max: Any developments from KAOS? What about Dante and the inthermo? Are you 99?
    Boy: No, I'm 6 1/2.
    99: New York Mets win double header.
    Max: I know, I know.
    99: But you don't understand. The score was 99 to 86.
    Max: Are you 99?
    99: 86.
    Max: Yes.
  • July 10, 2010
    Is this ready to launch? If so, I don't mind doing it.
  • July 10, 2010
    Wacky Meets Practical
    The Get Smart example doesn't seem to fit. It's more an example of Cue The Flying Pigs.

    Needs A Better Name. If this trope only applies to the lampshading of the unusual sentence, and not the use of unusual sentences themselves, then A Rare Sentence can be very misleading. I support Never Thought Id Say That. I don't believe it's too similar to Always Wanted To Say That to be confused. In fact, they sound like direct opposites.
  • July 10, 2010
    Contrast I Would Say If I Could Say, when an ordinary expression is factually inapplicable.
  • July 11, 2010
    • Comedian George Carlin once declared he was about to say something that no one has ever heard:
      Carlin: As soon as I put this hot poker in my ass I'm going to chop my dick off.
  • July 13, 2010
    So, what's more people's thoughts on the name? A Rare Sentence, Never Thought Id Say That, something else?
  • July 13, 2010
    Never Thought Id Say That expresses the idea, and actually provides a good counter point to I Always Wanted To Say That.
  • July 14, 2010
    I think Never Thought Id Say That sounds too much like "I never thought I'd say this, but Dumbass Has A Point" kinds of things.

    Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously is indeed famous, and not too long, so it might be a good Trope Namer.
  • July 14, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    How about I Never Expected To Say That?

    Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously sounds familar, but I'm sure it would never occur to me.
  • July 14, 2010
    A Rare Sentence for me, since I don't like the other two for reasons previously mentioned by other Tropers.
  • July 14, 2010
  • July 14, 2010
    IIRC it was also George Carlin who claimed that nobody had ever used the phrase "Hand me that piano". Amazingly, he was wrong, because it had been used in a Goon Show episode.
  • July 15, 2010

    someone with more sleep make that a cleverer bullet thingy.
  • July 15, 2010
  • July 20, 2010
    One from Atop The Fourth Wall:
    Linkara: I just said "Heroic raisin". My dignity will never be the same.
  • July 26, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    From the iCarly episode "iGive Away A Car":
    Freddie: Well, you better throw that cupcake hard and hope it's sticky.
    Carly: That's not something you hear every day.
  • July 27, 2010
    I'd exclude the Ansem Retort example on the basis that the "rare sentence" was not lampshaded in the work. If we open up the field to tropers naming rare sentences from their favourite works, just about every sentence in the universe would be eligible.
  • July 28, 2010
    Agreed; the lampshade MUST be there. That said, Just Launch It Already.
  • August 3, 2010

    • From Would I Lie To You:
      Marcus Bridgestocke: I'd quite like to see some of MC Hammer's curlies in a Regals packet.
      Lee Evans: No-one has ever said that before in the history of the world.
  • August 3, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    • Subverted in this Dinosaur Comics strip:
      T-Rex: My final wish is for all life to have developed either in or about my earthly remains.
      Utahraptor: Hah! Is that the first time that sentence has ever been said?
      T-Rex: Utahraptor, please! That sentence is BASICALLY my daily affirmation

    I think A Rare Sentence is a fine title. I would vote against Colorless Green Ideas..., because that sentence has nothing to do with unusual utterances that make sense in context--it's an example of a sentence with correct syntax but nonsensical semantics.
  • August 4, 2010
    From Film Brain's review of Paul Blart Mall Cop: "Blart gets chased by a gun-wielding skateboarder - boy, that's a weird sentence..."

    I'll launch this with the title A Rare Sentence if there are no objections. (Hm, you know what else I feel like doing later? Giving Bad Movie Beatdown its own page.)
  • August 4, 2010
    Black Dragon doesn't seem to be around. I'm declaring this Up For Grabs. Whoever wants it, Just Launch It Already!