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->''"Whedon's voice is so distinct that 'BuffySpeak' has become a mode of language unto its own - one codified by a jumbling of nouniness and adjectiviage into languagey-bits that sound like your brain forgot words before spontaneously re-remembering them."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Kyle Kallgren]]''', on the subject of Creator/JossWhedon's production of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''... [[SelfDemonstratingArticle while using Buffy Speak]]
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Any of a variety of speech patterns used to indicate that a character, while intelligent, is perhaps too young, too inexperienced and/or insufficiently educated (or simply [[MotorMouth talks too fast]]) to properly express the complex ideas and thoughts that they clearly possess.

One of the most obvious elements is a lack of relevant vocabulary, leading to both unconventional adjectival-noun structures like "shooty-gun thing", and incomplete, floundering similes that [[ShapedLikeItself turn back on themselves]] in frustration: "That idea went over like... like... like a thing that doesn't go over very well." {{Metaphorgotten}} is frequently a side effect. Often includes OhGodWithTheVerbing or similar. And sometimes NameMcAdjective is employed.

The GiverOfLameNames is often a serious offender. This trope, for example, would probably be called Dialogue-Where-The-Speaker's-Intent-Exceeds-Their-Powers-Of-Vocabulary-For-Comedic-Effect, if left up to him.

When properly handled, Buffy Speak can give the sense of a teenaged group's special jargon or argot without necessarily imitating anything actually found in the real world (Which is part of his purpose in general. Slang language, especially for the younger set, tends to change at warp speed. Buffy speak allows a level of timelessness that help avoid TotallyRadical tropes.) Improperly handled, it can sound ludicrously fake and may damage WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

Named for the distinctive speech patterns of the teenage characters in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The show's creator, Creator/JossWhedon, is often credited with "creating" this form of writing (also called Whedonspeak), though in reality it existed long before Buffy.

Contrast with TotallyRadical. Compare PersonAsVerb. See also ShapedLikeItself and DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment. Contrast SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.

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[[folder: ThatThingWhereTheyTryToGetYouToBuyTheirStuff (Advertising)]]
* Snapple's slogan is "Made from the best stuff on Earth". They had a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zoh0tHRXOvE commercial]] where an employee finds better stuff. Everyone refers to it as simply "stuff". "We've got better stuff." "What stuff?" "This stuff." "I like that stuff."
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[[folder: JapaneseCartoonyThings (Anime)]]
* In the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' dub, on the way to Sensui's hideout, Yuusuke asks Kurama what the seeds he's spreading around are for, and our favorite red-haired {{Bishonen}} goes into an explanation about lighting their way, trailing off into phosphorus and bread crumbs. In that case, it sounded more like Kurama (who is a ReallySevenHundredYearsOld [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]) was trying to Buffy-Speak so that [[BookDumb Yusuke]] would understand him.
* From the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' dub: "I have built this wooden underling-like puppet with an optional soy sauce puffy thingy!"
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Rider calls stealth bombers 'big black B-2 thingies,' and he describes the [[StormOfBlades Gate of Babylon]] as 'showing off with a lot of shiny-goldy things.'
* Ali Al-Saachez from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' uses this trope to refer to his enemies, "Celestial-Whatchamacallit!". Not like "Being" is a hard word to say or remember, but try telling that to his face.
* In the dub, Simon from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' refers to the multiple universes created through a LotusEaterMachine as ''multi-dimensional whatevers.''
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[[folder: BooksWithPicturesAndStuff... Erm, Y'know, ButMoreThePicturesThanTheStuff (Comics)]]
* Molly Hayes in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}''. Especially when written by Joss himself:
-->'''Molly''': Why aren't you awesomed by me!?
** Another example by her:
-->'''Molly''': Put the thing in the thing!
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', when they raid an A.I.M. facility:
-->'''Spider-Woman''': Watch out! They've got guns and stuff!
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/{{Babe}}'', a comic book by John Byrne, the narrator talks like this in acknowledged homage to ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.
* In the [[SoBadItsGood hilariously over the top]] ''ComicBook/{{Doom}}'' [[http://www.doomworld.com/10years/doomcomic/ comic]] Doomguy utters this immortal line when he sees some [[http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/Cacodemon Cacodemon]].
-->'''Doomguy:''' [[GoshdangItToHeck Sweet Christmas!]] Big-Mouthed Floating Thingies! It's always something!
** And let's not forget the much quotable
-->'''Doomguy:''' You're huge! That means you have huge guts!
* Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan, as most of its main characters are teenagers, is prone to this.
--> '''Mary Jane''': And thus ends the [[ShapedLikeItself tyrannical tyranny]] that was my life.
--> '''Peter''': What kind of goofy goofball lunatic thing are you doing now, you goofball goofy goofnut??
* Seen a bunch with the third Comicbook/BlueBeetle.
-->'''Eclipso''': You stink of science, not magic!
-->'''Comicbook/BlueBeetle''': And you stink of... evil stink? Evilosity? Banter. Sucks. So much.
* The sort-of pixie-like Preservers in ''Comicbook/ElfQuest'' apparently can't help but replace even simple words with ones smashed together from others. The silk they spit is "wrapstuff", elves are "highthings", humans are "bigthings", someone who's sleeping is "stillquiet"... This extends to the names of anyone who's not a Preserver, e.g. Dewshine, a blonde elf, becomes "Sunnygold Highthing" (despite the name being not that different from Preserver-names like "Petalwing" or "Berrybuzz"). Often they don't even use those names consistently, but make up a new one every time they refer to the same character. Preservers are also {{Third Person Person}}s. In short, they sound extremely ditzy.
* Mainly from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' in the Meta breaks -- and occasionally in the main story as well.
* The ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' series is chock-full of this. "There's a thingy over there." "A thingy?" "A door.", "You're not going to the thing"?, "Scott, look out! It's that guy!", etc.
* [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle to Queen Chrysalis in #4 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Sweetie Belle''': And you'll never be able to take away Twilight's magic, she's a bajillion times the... magical... pony... thing... you are!]]
* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #3 Rarity refers to a hammer as a "whack-a-nail-into-the-wall thingy".
** The Hippie Ponies refer to their all-natural health and beauty products as "Goops for Stuff".
* In an issue of Comicbook/XMen, Angel’s [[HealingFactor healing blood]] is being transfused to some of his teammates who have been crucified. Nurse Annie expresses her worries during the process noting, "Your healing thingie isn’t replacing your blood as fast as I’m draining it.”
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[[folder: ThoseThingsPeopleOnTheInternetWriteFromOtherThings (Fan Fiction)]]
* ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' has moments of these because of the writing style, especially when [[Series/{{Firefly}} Simon]] shows up.
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal''. "Voldemort got a dude-ur-so-retarded look on his face."
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', Jayne has a moment like this when he worried Simon will unleash his wrath on him.
-->'''Jayne''': He's gonna... gonna ''doctor'' at me.
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6505403/1/Tempest_in_a_Teapot Tempest in a Teapot]] Arthur describes his [[HoYay feelings]] for Series/{{Merlin}} as "very un-prince-ly."
** Not sure if that counts. "Princely" is a real word, and not particularly obscure ([[ShapedLikeItself "of, pertaining to, like or befitting a prince"]] in case you were wondering).
* KingSuperman: Both the characters and author seem to use these from time to time, particularly the word 'scorpony'.
* At one moment in the Mass Effect RP, "The Council Era", krogan Overlord Tikrog Kurvok makes use of buffy speak when referring to coffee, saying, "Give me a stimulant drink, to go. With extra energizer thingies." Kurvok repeatedly talks this way throughout the storyline.
* In the fanfic "Princess", [[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar Julien]] describes female lemurs as having a "thing that looks like a... thing". According to WordOfGod, there are very few ways that are both in-character and PG-rated to describe an enlarged clitoris. He goes on to say that they "don't have the... other things, and they do have the... girl things".
* The four are occasionally prone to this in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', either because of vocabulary failure, deliberate humor, or simple laziness.
** In a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Help}}'', Ringo calls the Vasyn “the thingy.” (George calls it “the Big Pink Job,” hence the subtitle.)
* In the fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6944079/4/Presidential_Initiation Presidential Initiation]]'', [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia America]] tries to explain who he is to the president... and does a really bad job of it as he says things like "I'm a national [[AnthropomorphicPersonification aromatherapy persecution]] or whatever the hell it's called!" Also used is the term "people/nation thingies."
* ''Fanfic/TheDoctorsDoctor'' has the Thirteenth Doctor rather wryly resorting to Buffy Speak to explain something to [[TheWatson John]], which also constitutes as a CallBack:
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink You have glowy stuff on you that makes my sonic screwdriver go beeeep]].
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': When the [[PortalBook Book Transporter]] returns in a Franchise/{{Batman}} {{crossover}}, it shows a paint job and the words "bat-thingy" on its side.
** Also, we get this line from [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Brainstorm]] later on:
--> "Prepare to succumb to my awesome power, you... not genius person!"
* In [[Fanfic/AKingdomDivided A Kingdom Divided]], Rainbow Dash lapses into this when drunk:
-->I’ve… never… like… told her… stuff… you know, that stuff I should’ve told her…
* Characters in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure frequently lapse into it when attempting to describe something that [[LemonyNarrator the author]] doesn't know the proper word for.
--> [[TheMenInBlack one of those guys with black suits, black pants, black sunglasses, black shoes and the funny things the ear who looks like those guys from Matrix and always standing next to the president]]
* Shows up fairly frequently in ''Fanfic/GameTheory''. Mostly [[GenkiGirl Vesta]], but Fate and Arf get in on it occasionally as well.
* From ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8753582/1/Overlady Overlady]]:''
-->'''Louise:''' That was... ah, the thing. The thing that did the thing with... with the stuff.
* ''FanFic/TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' has the trope namer herself as a character. At one point Buffy berates her ''Diplodocus'' as a, "stupid dinosaur, with its...dinosaur-ness."
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[[folder:TheDrawingsOnTheBigSilverScreenThing (Animated Films)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'''s Linguini, tired of the [[PeoplePuppets marionette]] treatment, tells Remy: "I am not your puppet! And you are not my puppet... controller... guy!"
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': "Your helmet does that... that... that whoosh thing!"
** Also, in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 3'':
-->'''Chunk''' (referring to Buzz): "He's [[HypocriticalHumor not the sharpest knife in the... place where they keep knives.]]"
-->'''Sparks:''' Neither are you, Chunk.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has most of the song "Part of Your World" based on this when Ariel sings about her collection of land... gizmos, gadgets, whoosits, whatzits, and thingamabobs. She apparently improves her vocabulary as the song progresses, though. Probably justified, since she gets all her information about the names and functions of human artifacts from [[TheDitz Scuttle]], so it's likely she thinks those are the actual names for those objects.
* The President from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': "General... I propose we go forward with your [[TitleDrop Monsters vs. Aliens]] idea... thingie."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' has an IResembleThatRemark example: "No, no, no… you don't talk now, okay? You're not so good with the putting the words together and their coming out good thing."
** Also, Julien. "After much deep and profound brain things inside my head ..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', Raphael says "The thing about you immortal stone guys is… you know you're immortal… and made of stone. I sound like Mikey!"
* Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': "What is he babbling about? He's like the thing that wouldn't shut up!"
* Used to spoof TechnoBabble in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' parody ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots''.
-->"Here's the status report on the warp coil thing-a-ma-giggies, Captain."
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[[folder:TheMovingPicturesOnTheBigSilverScreenThingInTheFlesh (Live Action Films)]]
* ''Film/ForrestGump'''s general VerbalTic. This leads to a nice HistoricalInJoke when he ends up being a shareholder in "some sort of fruit company" (Apple Computers).
* Valentine from ''Film/MirrorMask'': "I will slip unnoticeable through the darkness like a dark, unnoticeable slippy thing." A notable example in that he doesn't hesitate at any point in the sentence. That's what he meant to say.
--> "We will do what rich people do! We will bathe in... fish! Eat our weight in... chocolate buttons! Learn to play the concertina!"
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' also had this little exchange.
-->'''Jay''': Hey, Kay. When do I get one of those... ''[[LaserGuidedAmnesia flashy-thingy-memory-messer-uppers]]''?
-->'''Kay''': When you grow up.
** or:
---> '''Jay''': "Have you ever flashy-thinged me?"
---> '''Kay''': "No."
---> '''Jay''': "I ain't playing with you, Kay! Have you ever flashy-thinged me?!"
---> '''Kay''': [[BlatantLies "No."]]
* ''Film/ACinderellaStory'' has this as Brianna makes Sam write her papers for her.
---> '''Brianna''': Can you make it sound more like '''ME''' this time?, I'm so sick and tired of having to explain why I sound so smart on paper and so''[[TheDitz ... not smart... not on paper]]''
* In ''[[Film/BadBoys Bad Boys II]]'' Det. Marcus Burnett is [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally high on ecstasy]] when he and his partner go to ask their captain for a warrant. He is so out of it that his partner tries to send him on a fool's errand - call another detective and tell him... something...
--> '''Mike Lowrey''': Tell Vargas... tell him... that thing we said to tell him...
* The titular character of ''Film/{{Juno}}'' has a most idiosyncratic syntax. "Prom is for weenises."
* The Derek Film/{{Zoolander}} Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good. [[note]]And Want To Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.[[/note]]
* In ''Film/{{Help}}'', George Harrison realizes that the curling stone he just threw is actually a bomb, and exclaims, "Hey, it's a thingy! A fiendish thingy!"
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark''
--> '''Nedry:''' First I'm going to get this thing and then I'm going to hook it up to that thing over there...
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': Move the thing! And... that other thing!
* "Film/SafetyNotGuaranteed": Darius describing her weapon of choice, the morning star, to Kenneth at the grocery store.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': Red... thingy... moving toward the green... thingy. I think we're the green thingy.
* The Commander in ''Film/SkyHigh'': "Whatever you're teaching them, keep teaching them... it."
* At the climax of an "insult contest" against Peter Pan in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Rufio is reduced to spluttering [[LameComeback "You... man! You... stupid... stupid... man!"]]
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'': Ricky Gervais' character (the curator) has this as his main defining characteristic.
-->"Do you think I'm here just to be a... a... (trails off into nothing)"
** The protagonist is guilty of this too, at one point referring to dummies in a diorama as "weird, faceless puppet people."
* In ''Film/AceVentura: When Nature Calls'':
-->'''Ace''': I will be as a fly on the wall. A grain of salt in the ocean. I shall slip amongst them like a transparent... ''thing''.
* Characters in ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' do this constantly, especially Linda and Chad as they attempt to act like real spies. Some of the best moments are sentences of Chad's that he loses control of ("Looks can be... deceptive"), sometimes resorting to his go-to word ("I thought you might be worried... about the security... of your shit.")
* From the ''McHalesNavy'' movie:
-->'''Vladikov''': "What do you think of my stealth boat, David?"
-->'''David''': "Very stealthy, sir."
* From ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':
-->'''Pippin:''' You need people of intelligence on this sort of mission... quest... thing.
-->'''Merry:''' Well, that rules you out, Pip.
* In ''Film/ShesTheMan'', when Olivia's mere presence renders Duke practically speechless:
-->'''Viola as Sebastian:''' What about the thing that we talked about that you were gonna do later?
-->'''Duke:''' What thing? I'm... I'm thingless.
* This is a RunningGag with the mayor in the sixth ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movie. The first example.
-->'''Mayor:''' These folks are making us look like a bunch of... Oh, the ones who are very funny, kings have them... Send in my... Fool! They're making us look like a bunch of fools!
** And he does something similar to this several times over the course of the movie.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the Mad Hatter says to Alice, "You used to be much more... ''muchier''. You've lost your muchness." Which is a reference to the book, where the Dormouse asks if Alice has ever seen a drawing of a muchness.
* ''Film/BoogieNights''. "Gimme one of those sprinkly Christmas things".
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Wizard stumbles over the word "philanthropists", eventually calling them "good-deed doers".
* A character in ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' tells another that the MacGuffin has been put "in that place where I put that thing that time". Subverted because it was intentionally done by an intelligent character to sound vague. He was in jail at the time accused of federal hacking breaches, telling his friend where the evidence is over the phone.
* In ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', when Diz asks Saunders where a particular drink is, she says, "It's in the thing... behind the thing."
* In ''Film/SpiderMan'', when the "Human Spider" finds out he'll be in an impromptu cage match with "Bonesaw [=McGraw=]" (alerted by said cage lowering around the ring, the crowd chanting "CAGE!" repeatedly, and the guards complying with the announcer's request to "PLEEEASE LOCK THE CAGE DOOOOOOOOOOOOORS AT THIS TIIIIIIIME..."
--> '''Spidey'''-"Hey! Unlock the thing! Take the chain off!!!"
* ''Film/TheThing1982'': Unable to come up with a better term for them, the characters refer to the alien species as "Things". The subtitles capitalize this as the proper name for the creatures.
** 29 years later, most fans of the film still refer to them as "Things".
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies. Both "Alien" and "Xenomorph" are terms applied to the species, but it seems that no one in-universe has come up with a proper name for them over the course of a few hundred years since their discovery.
** In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', Call actually refers to the Aliens as "Aliens", over the PA system, talking to the Aliens as if this were their real species name.
** According to Ash : "According to [[SapientShip Mother]], he's a primitive form of encephlepod..."
* In ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', the alien species is referred to by Creator/GaryBusey's character as "Predators".
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' has a couple of these, mostly by Pilgrim.
-->'''Scott:''' "Can you do a thingy... on that rail?"
-->'''2nd Evil Ex:''' "It's called a grind, bro."
-->'''Scott:''' "Well, can you do a grindy thingy now?"
* The remake of ''Film/TheLongestYard'' gives us this gem:
--> "He's so fast, he makes fast people look . . . not as fast."
** Pretty much every Creator/AdamSandler character does that. From ''Film/TheWaterboy'':
-->'''Coach Klein''': Bobby, can you do that for me every game?
-->'''Bobby Boucher''': Coach, not only will I do it for you, I... I... I... yes, yes, I'll do it for you.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''
--> Kirk: Bones, there's a... thing... out there.
--> [=McCoy:=] Why is any object we don't understand always called "a thing"?
* In ''Film/{{Hancock}}'':
--> '''Bank robber:''' ''(holds up a deadman switch detonator)'' You know what this is?\\
'''Hancock:''' I'm guessing it's some sort of detonator-type deal.
* ''Film/MonstersCrashThePajamaParty.'' As part of the CreditsGag. In the opening credits, which are spoken rather than shown with Big G the Gorilla demonstrating the various actions, the camera is referred to as the "picture-taking machine."
* Patchi from the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' film calls the ''Chirostenotes'' "skinny-necked pecky things".
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[[folder: LotsAndLotsOfWordsAndStuffBetweenCovers (Literature)]]
* Pops up occasionally in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. There was something similar to "Its eyes were as big as [[ShapedLikeItself very big eyes]]"; lampshaded, in that the creature's eyes were traditionally described as being "as big as soup plates", but Tiffany had measured a soup plate and determined that they weren't. A substitute description was needed.
** Pratchett really likes these "what's-that-thing" quips. ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' has several.
---> "What's dat fing? Dey goes all crumbly when you eat dem?"
---> "... ''could'' be a lawyer."
---> "Dey goes soggy if you dips them in somefing?"
---> "More likely to be a biscuit, then?"
** (Some trolls have the full "intelligent but cannot properly express ideas" Buffy Speak trope, though others... [[YouNoTakeCandle don't]].)
---> "Limited wossname. Doodah. Thingy. You know. It's got words in it."
---> "Dictionary?"
---> "Yeah, probably."
** "The thing that went 'parp' went parp."
** Dwarfs, who are too literal to understand simile or metaphor, do this all the time.
---> '''Carrot''' (speaking about his dwarf girlfriend): "She's got a beard as soft as a very soft thing."
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---> "She was as thin as a very thin thing."
** There was also law passed by a former Patrician about metaphor and the like. If you're going to say a girl has "a face that launched a thousand ships" she'd damn well better have a champagne bottle for a head.
** Granny Weatherwax offers this fine example, which is actually an [[RealityIsUnrealistic excellent observation]], in ''Wyrd Sisters'': "Things that try to look like things often do look more like things than things." (She's talking about stage-prop crowns versus a real crown; ItMakesSenseInContext.)
* The ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' series uses this trope constantly: "as fine as two fine things on a fine day out in Fineland", "staring like a staring thing", "as mad as two very mad things", "loony as a loon on loon pills."
** The Georgia Nicolson books often refer to "snognosity". Not classic Buffy Speak, but definitely related.
* From Creator/NeilGaiman and Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/GoodOmens'':
--> '''Crowley''': Suspicion will slide off of him like, like… whatever it is water slides off of.
** And later in the conversation, something along the lines of:
--> "'A duck!' Crowley exclaimed. 'What are you talking about?' Aziraphale asked. 'A duck is what water slides off of!'"
* From Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'':
--> "He abused my hospitality," booomed the earl. "I swore that if he ever again entered my domain I would have him gutted and dried like, like something that had been gutted."
* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] (in both books and film/TV adaptations) frequently finds himself in the middle of an aphorism he can't complete without Jeeves' help. (The books are almost always narrated by Bertie but with a brilliant, effortless prose that a goof like Bertie would never be able to manage in real life and yet nonetheless seems plausible while you're reading it.)
--> '''Bertie''': Let me tell you that a man without music in him is fit for... excuse me a moment. Jeeves, what was it Shakespeare said a man without music in him was fit for?
--> '''Jeeves''': Treasons, stratagems, and spoils, sir.
:: Occasionally, he'll just barrel on through:
-->'''Bertie:''' Jeeves, have you seen that play called I-forget-its-dashed-name?
-->'''Jeeves:''' No, sir.
--> '''Bertie:''' It's on at the What-d'you-call-it.
* From ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
* The hero of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Beyond The Wall of Sleep'' is a man whose doctor recognizes as being possessed by some cosmic entity of superhuman intelligence who is struggling to express its metahuman thoughts and ideas through the man's stupid and backwoods brain and vocabulary.
-->"Big, big cabin with brightness in the roof and walls and floor, and the loud queer music far away..."
* In ''[[Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy That Hideous Strength]]'', women are described as being able to "speak a language without nouns" when there are no men around and still be understood:
-->''"If two men are doing a bit of work, one will say to the other, 'Put this bowl inside the bigger bowl which you'll find on the top shelf of the green cupboard.' The female for this is, 'Put that in the other one in there.' And then if you ask them, 'in where?' they say, 'in there, of course.'"''
* In ''The Warlock'' by Michael Scott, Virginia Dare saves Billy the Kid from a 'raggedy lion-monster-thingy'. It's a sphinx.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Hermione describes Harry's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome hero complex]] as his "saving-people thing."
** Voldemort is also called "Lord Thingy" by Cornelius Fudge at one point.
** This trope had already been there from chapter 1, book 1; ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' refers to the Deluminator as a "put-outer".
* Guess what ''[[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195175999 Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon]]'' is about.
* ''Literature/RoswellHigh'' certainly uses this. For instance, from the first chapter of the first book "Guys. I'm so tired of their... guyness." Also, this series sort of becomes an interesting example of Buffy Speak, as it even uses the word "wiggins" a few times.
* This footnote in the Creator/HarryHarrison SpaceOpera spoof, ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers''.
-->[[AppliedPhlebotinum Collapsium]] is an artificial material made of atoms with their binding energy reduced so they sort of collapse in upon themselves and are binding and heavy and that sort of thing.
* Judging by this quote from ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', this must be a vampire-hunter thing:
-->'''Dr. Seward:''' [Renfield] seems so mixed up with the Count in an indexy kind of way...
* The kids in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and its sequel series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* Literature/DonQuixote: Sancho doesn’t really understand that the ''insula'' he was promised as a StandardHeroReward means an ''isle'', as we see at Chapter II of the Second part:
--> "May evil ''insulas'' [islands] choke thee, thou detestable Sancho," said the niece; "What are ''insulas'' [islands]? [[IsItSomethingYouEat Is it something to eat]], glutton and gormandiser that thou art?"
--> "It is not something to eat," replied Sancho, "but something to govern and rule, and better than four cities or four judgeships at court."
* The first official description for the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''The Ultimate Guide'' describes the book as having an "oversized, gift-y trim", whatever that means.
* A ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' book acknowledges this trope from Ramona's point of view, when she's told not to keep using the word "stuff" and can't see what's wrong with it:
-->''Stuff'' was a perfectly good, handy, multipurpose word and easy to spell, too.
* ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] does ''not'' do this. He explains himself fully, and if he brings up a word that people don't understand, he takes the time to explain it in simple language. His apprentice, on the other hand...
** Not completely true. In Fool Moon he uses the phrase "Don't mess with a wizard when he's wizarding!"
* Even Creator/CharlesDickens gets in on this a bit: In ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', the narrator informs us that Charles Darnay has been accused of revealing information to the French "wickedly, falsely, traitorously, ''and otherwise evil-adverbiously.''"
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' has a SophisticatedAsHell use of the anti-simile:
-->Now the United States was no longer an infant nation, but a mighty young colossus, bestriding the continent--in the words of Creator/MarkTwain--"like some kind of mighty young colossus or something."
* Creator/LemonySnicket, i.e. Daniel Handler, uses dissimiles in this fashion; for example, in ''Literature/LemonySnicketTheUnauthorizedAutobiography'', a letter quotes a diary entry that reads:
--> "Today was a very cold and bitter day, as cold and bitter as a cup of hot chocolate, if the cup of hot chocolate had vinegar added to it and were placed in a refrigerator for several hours...The stranger was a woman, at least as tall as a small chair and probably as old as someone who attended nursery school many years ago."
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* [[TropeNamers Obviously]], ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' Interestingly, it's never referred to as "Buffy-speak" in the show, but in "I Only Have Eyes For You," Giles refers to it as "Xander-Speak".
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Buffy herself once.
---> '''Buffy''': All of the Hellmouth's energy is trying to escape from that one little spot, and it's getting all...
---> '''Principal Wood''': Focus-ey.
---> '''Buffy''': Careful! [[LampshadeHanging Starting to speak like me now.]]
** Spoofed when we hear a quote from Giles' first diary entry as Watcher.
-->Her abuse of the English language is such that I understand only every other sentence.
** Spoofed again when Riley has to explain that 'buffy' is not an example of this trope, but a girl's name.
** Also lampshaded by Spike. See Quotes.
** In one episode Buffy called E-Mail "E-Letters"
* In ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' (another Joss show), there's a lot of hyperactive Buffy Speak from Topher.
* The teenagers of ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' occasionally talk like this. Not terribly surprising, given that several members of the ''Buffy'' creative team were also involved in ''Caprica'' (particularly Jane Espenson, who was {{showrunner}} for the second half of the show's lone season and co-wrote the finale).
* In the new ''Series/DoctorWho'''s second-series episode "School Reunion," Anthony "Giles" Head makes a blatant shoutout when he calls K-9 (a robot dog with a laser canon) a "Shooty Dog-thing".
** Also, in "Blink":
---> People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like [[TimeyWimeyBall a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey... stuff]]. It got away from me, yeah...
** And from the same episode:
---> This is my timey-wimey detector. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK3tTGB72jE It goes "ding" when there's stuff."]] Also, it can boil an egg at thirty paces.
** Doctor Who Easter Special 2009:
---> '''Christina''': How does a crystal drive a bus?
---> '''Doctor''': In a super clever outer-spacey way.
** The Eleventh Doctor and his companions talk this way a lot:
---> '''Amy''': Nice... swording. (All the time blissfully unaware that she has just put a metaphorical sword through fake!Rory's fake heart)
---> I hate yogurt. It's just... stuff with bits in it.
---> [[ShapedLikeItself "Deadly aliens... aliens of death."]]
---> I'll do a thing.
---> ''[When asked what he did to Apollo 11]'' A clever thing.
---> A big mining thing, love a big mining thing. Rio doesn't have a big mining thing.
---> Yes, it's '''''Spacey Wacey!'''''
---> It's a thing, it's like a plan but with more greatness.
---> It's a thing in progress, don't question the thing.
---> A space-shippy thing! ''Timey''-spacy!
---> (To Idris): You're just a bitey mad lady! The TARDIS is uppy-downy stuff in a big blue box. (This from a script written by ''Creator/NeilGaiman'', yet)
** "Explodey-wodey".
** The season one episode "The End of the World", after the Doctor "upgrades" Rose's mobile, she asks what he did to it, to which he replies "a little bit of jiggery pokery." Rose then quips " 'jiggery pokery'? Is that the technical term?"
** Now back to the classic series!
--->'''The Fourth Doctor''': Yes, pow, pow, pow's a technical expression, Professor, it means that all the microcircuitry will fuse into one great ''euh!'' of molten metal.
** Ace [=McShane=] explains Dalek politics:
--> "It's simple, isn't it? Renegade Daleks are blobs; Imperial Daleks are bionic blobs with bits added. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName You can tell that Daleks are really into racial purity]]. So one lot of Daleks reckon the other lot of blobs are too different. They're mutants, not pure in their blobbiness.
** However, the War Doctor puts a fork in it in ''The Day of the Doctor'' when he roundly criticizes the Eleventh Doctor for using "timey wimey" and asks if he uses such language because he doesn't want to grow up.
** In ''Battlefield'', the Doctor frightens off a group of knights who think he's Merlin by proclaiming "Go now, before I unleash a terrible ''something'' on you!"
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'' used this once to good effect, since the Blackadders are known for their razor-sharp wits, and because even without a decent metaphor, he still says it with confidence. As he says to Prince George regarding the causes of a threatened peasant revolution, "Disease and deprivation stalk our land like... two giant stalking things."
** An extended example from ''Blackadder the Third'':
-->'''Blackadder:''' Now; Baldrick, where's the manuscript?\\
'''Baldrick:''' You mean the big papery thing tied up with string?\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes, Baldrick -- the manuscript belonging to Dr. Johnson.\\
'''Baldrick:''' You mean the baity fellow in the black coat who just left?\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes, Baldrick -- Dr. Johnson.\\
'''Baldrick:''' So you're asking where the big papery thing tied up with string belonging to the baity fellow in the black coat who just left is.\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes, Baldrick, I am, and if you don't answer, then [[GroinAttack the booted bony thing with five toes at the end of my leg will soon connect sharply with the soft dangly collection of objects in your trousers]]. For the last time, Baldrick: Where is Dr. Johnson's manuscript?\\
'''Baldrick:''' On the fire.\\
'''Blackadder:''' [[OhCrap On the *what*?]]\\
'''Baldrick:''' [[SarcasmBlind The hot orangy thing under the stony mantlepiece.]]
** Also, Melchett in ''Blackadder II'': "You twist and turn like a... twisty, turny thing!".
** Blackadder again, in ''II'': "The grave opens before me like... a big hole in the ground."
** In ''II'', when Captain Rum accuses Queenie's courtiers of all being lapdogs to a slip of a girl, Blackadder replies "Better a lapdog to a slip of a girl than a... git."
** Blackadder combining this with {{Dissimile}} and ending with an inverted {{Metaphorgotten}}: "We're about as similar as two completely dissimilar things in a pod."
* A guy buying flowers at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
--> '''BBC Presenter:''' What have you got there?\\
'''Guy:''' I've got a pink fluffy-thing, and a red flowery-thing.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Jayne, talking about Saffron, warns Simon and River, "She'll turn you in faster than you can say... 'Don't turn me in, lady'."
** Or Wash: "And we will call it... this land!"
** Mal also seems to do it quite often. One example:
--->'''Mal''': "You want to run this ship?"
--->'''Jayne''': "Yeah!"
--->'''Mal''': "Well... you can't."
** Another Jayne example features him explaining that looks aren't as deceiving as a [[ShapedLikeItself low-down, dirty deceiver]].
::: And another[=:=]
--->'''Badger''': "You think you're better than other people!"\\
'''Mal''': "Just the ones I'm better than."
::: And another[=:=]
--->'''Jayne''': "If I wanted schoolin', I woulda gone to... school."
** River periodically slides into it, but that's more because of her madness and her inability to express her thoughts clearly due to her schizophrenia and the massive emotional and sensory overload she's experiencing due to her brain damage and PsychicPowers.
** [[INeedToGoIronMyDog "I have captain-ey things to do."]]
** Also, surprisingly, [[TheMedic Simon]] when he is drunk in 'Jaynestown'.
--->'''Simon''': To Jayne! The box-dropping, man-ape-gone-wrong thing!
** It's safe to say that this is a general feature of Creator/JossWhedon's shows.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "Ariel":
---> '''Wash:''' ''(referring to Inara having to undergo a full physical)'' Seems like an awful lot of trouble just to renew your license to Companion. ''({{beat}})'' Can I use "Companion" as a verb?
* Derrick in ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'', running out of insults for the new blind student: "Well, if it isn't Mr... no... looking at things... guy."
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Hurley, frequently.
-->'''Sawyer''': What's your problem, Jumbotron?\\
'''Hurley''': Shut up! [[LameComeback Red... neck... man]].
** Sawyer uses its "X-thingy" variant, especially with the nicknames, making it "X-chick/X-guy" :
--> "She talked to that guy... Bruce-Lee-from-the-freighter."
--> "That's broken-nose-man's girl."
--> The "Steal-The-Kid-Off-The-Raft project", the "I-m-an-Other-You-re-an-Other reunion", the "Blow-Up-Everything-That-Can-Get-Us-Off-The-Island tour", [[ShapedLikeItself ...]]
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' astronaut John Crichton gets hold of his first raygun. After accidentally letting off a few shots he decides to try threats instead. This happens a fair bit when A) John doesn't know what to call alien devices/races/things or B) John is trying to describe Earthy things to aliens.
-->"Don't move, or I'll fill you full of... little yellow bolts of light!"
* ''Series/RedDwarf,'' where the characters, knowing nothing about astro-navigation or the area of space they are traveling through, often use terms like "Swirly-thing alert!" Or, on occasion, a "wibbly thing".
-->'''Kryten:''' Is it a wibbly thing or a swirly thing sir?
-->'''Cat:''' At this early stage I'd hate to commit myself and wind up looking a fool!
** The pilot is usually the Cat, who navigates space by 'smell' among other things...
:: Though, once, Arnold Rimmer described somebody as "a total, total ... A word has yet to be invented to describe how totally whatever-it-is you are, but you are one. And a total, total one at that."
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the title character describes a sword as "very... [[ShapedLikeItself swordy]]".
* In ''{{Roundhouse}}'' (an early '90s Nickelodeon variety show), the character of Dad yells, "Flying out of windows like... things that fly out of windows!"
* Often happens to Jack Carter from ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' when he has a hard time describing what the town's scientists have come up with to destroy the city this week. A typical example:
-->'''Jack Carter''': I believe you have a device! That can create a wormhole, or bend time, or make you invisible... A wormholing, time-bending, invisibling device... that shields you from the mind!
-->'''Nathan Stark''': Yes, he said "invisibling".
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' dips into this trope half of the time thanks to its improvisational format. One example of this in the ''Improbable Mission'' sketch for the laundry ("The Cat!" for people who don't remember the actual task), when no one but Greg knew what a burnoose actually was:
--> '''Ryan:''' Fabric softener?
--> '''Colin:''' Well you can't have static cling! The burnoose will stick to his... *gestures to body* thing!
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': "Sometimes a bloke has to stand up for... what he stands for."
* ''Series/{{Becker}}'', from the title character: "Quit hovering over me like... help me out, what hovers?"
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "It would be hard to sleep, thinking of you in the next room all hot and... hot."
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'', "Well I'm guessing 'the gooery'" is Claudiaspeak for the neutralizer distribution machine." Hardly surprising when you consider that Buffy writer Jane Espenson co-created ''Warehouse 13''.
** A recent episode suggests otherwise, with "Gooery" printed in [[SelfDemonstratingArticle big, blocky, warehousey letters on the thing itself]]. Then again, Claudia IS being groomed to be the new Warehouse Caretaker. Maybe the Warehouse is adopting her speech mannerisms.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Colonel O'Neill sometimes talks like this, but it's not always clear whether he's doing it sincerely or for the humor value.
-->'''O'Neill:''' You all know I take great pride in my title as Mr. Positive; however, we did destroy their de-Goa'ulding thing--might not they look unkindly on that?
** Even more so the one-shot character Burke in the episode ''Evolution, part 2''.
-->'''Burke:''' Hey, is that that thing that made that guy do that thing?"
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' the following dialogue where [=McKay=] naming idea is turned down provides a good example of this trope:
-->'''Lt. Ford:''' ''Gateship One'', ready to go.
-->'''Maj. Sheppard:''' ''Gateship One''? A little Puddle Jumper like this?
-->'''Lt. Ford:''' It's a ship, it goes through a gate. ''Gateship One''!
-->They end up naming it Puddle Jumper
* From ''Series/TeenWolf'': Many of the characters use this on occasion, but Stiles is BY FAR the worst offender during his MotorMouth tangents.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': The kids do this sometimes. Especially Alex, because she doesn't pay enough attention (or cares) to know the name of things.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
** Gabrielle describing how to survive a battle when you have no fight experience.
--->'''Gabrielle:''' See the pointy bits on the ends of those swordy things? Stay away from them.
** And in "Warrior... Princess":
---> '''Diana:''' ''[impersonating Xena]'' Oh, this? This is... my round killing thing.
---> '''Gabrielle:''' Chakram.
---> '''Diana:''' [[{{Gesundheit}} Bless you]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': When Jimmy Olsen discovers Clark's secret: "You're some kind of super... guy!"
* Frequently deployed by the staff of the White House on ''Series/TheWestWing''. Especially bizarre when used by Toby, who is, after all, not only the President's chief speechwriter, but also a man with a keen enough of grasp of the language to name every punctuation mark in it off the top of his head.
** For the record, there are fourteen punctuation marks in the English language (according to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]). Doesn't sound too bad? Well, did you make sure to include ''guillemets'' and ''solidus''?
* From the T.V.-version of ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'':
-->'''Bertie:''' When you have been a little longer in my employ you will come to understand that all my chums rely heavily on your employer's wisdom and knowledge of human nature in the conduct of their affairs. Not to mention my organisational powers, and just plain... ''thing''ness!
* From the ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' episode "Sanctuary" comes the line, "That swindler's as blind as . . . something . . . that can't see well." It's entirely plausible that the midlands don't have bats. Also, it's possible that halfway through the sentence he remembered that bats actually have excellent eyesight.
* Duff from ''Series/AceOfCakes'' on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" describes the contents of his favorite pie:
--> ''"It's like a creamy, vinegary... thing. I dunno, he'll tell you about it."''
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe to a certain extent:
--> ''' It's my friends. They have a... liking problem. With you. In that they don't.
** Her brother even more so (he described his love for his fiancée as "being with her is like... so much better than not being with her, y'know")
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'': In the last episode of the third series, Sally is convinced she's pregnant, so she, Jane, and Susan take tests (they're controls). She comes out of a stall screaming "It's so blue! And liney! It's a blue line of blue lineyness!" She's holding all three...
* The normally unflappable Series/{{Sherlock}} becomes so flustered when [[spoiler:Moriarty straps a bomb to John, and John grabs him and tells Sherlock to run, thus proving himself willing to die for Sherlock]] that he can only splutter "That, uh... thing... that you, uh... that you did, that you... that you offered to do, that was, ah... good." It's adorable.
** Also occurs in "A Scandal in Belgravia," when Mycroft offers Sherlock a cigarette:
-->'''Sherlock:''' Smoking indoors… isn't that… isn't that one of those… law things?
** In "The Sign of Three" after getting drunk, his usual SherlockScan shows hazy, double Buffy labels.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Britta is upset that Annie is bringing in more money than her to help with the Gulf crisis, so she dresses a little slutty and starts acting perky.
--> '''Britta:''' Hi, I need you to give me money to help save the pelicans, because they're, like, feathery and pelicany and stuff!
** "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" has Annie, who's moved in with Abed and Troy, accidentally destroying Abed's limited-edition DVD of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. When Annie tries to shift the blame by claiming the apartment was robbed of the now-missing disc, Abed speculates that the landlord did it; and Troy (who knows what really happened) responds, "Ooooh, let's not jump to thing-doing!"
** "Contemporary Impressionists" had an example of the "Intelligent thought expressed unintelligently" variation:
-->'''Jeff:''' Someone tell Britta what an analogy is.
-->'''Britta:''' I know what it is, it's like a thought... with another thought's... hat on...
** The Dean's threat to put Jeff's picture on a Greendale poster unless he convinces Troy to join the football team: "You know, I just realized, we should send these out to local businesses. Law firms, lawyer... companies, legal... gatherings..."
** Then there is Chang
--->She was all dame. Legs that went all the way to the bottom of her torso.
--->Let her go, like a lobster claw letting go of a small balloon for lobsters.
--->A matchbook... Something about it seemed cluey.
*** Yes, those are all from the same episode, "Competitive Ecology"
** Then there's the two-parter where Troy builds a blanket fort and Abed builds a pillow fort and they go to war over it. Troy calls his blanket fort "The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg".
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' used this trope so much that it might as well be called ''Jimmy Speak''.
-->'''Mr. James:''' You're gonna be big, son. Bigger than, say, Dave, what's the name of that guy who's really big?
-->'''Dave:''' Andre the Giant?
-->'''Mr. James:''' No, No, the one who isn't dead yet.
-->'''Dave:''' Oh, Hulk Hogan.
-->'''Mr. James:''' Bingo!
** "This is on air talker person Matthew Brock"
-->'''Mr. James:''' I'm going to need one of those thingies you put on your head and talk into it.
-->'''Beth:''' Oh yeah, Peter Frampton Vocoder?
-->'''Mr. James:''' No.
-->'''Beth:''' Darth Vader space helmet?
-->'''Mr. James:''' No.
-->'''Beth:''' Telephone headset?
-->'''Mr. James:''' That's the one.
** "I don't know, but there's something bogus in there somewhere..."
-->'''Joe:''' No matter how far technology advances it's still just a bunch of wires connected to other wires.
-->'''Beth:'''So what's wrong with it?
-->'''Joe:'''I can't seem to find any wires...
* From the ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?'':
-->'''Goddard:''' Wait, wasn't Hahn involved in that thing? You remember that thing?
-->'''Shockley:''' The thing with the other thing?
-->'''Goddard:''' Nonono, just the first thing, from five years ago.
* From ''Series/TheForgotten'' episode "Railroad Jane":
-->'''Alex:''' I'm officially our kneecap-plastic-thingie expert!
** And earlier in the same episode, when Tyler is stopped by the police with the eponymous Railroad Jane's skull in his car:
-->'''Tyler:''' I mean, what was I supposed to say? "No, officer, this isn't a skull, it's a... skull-like thing."
* [[MotorMouth Lorelai]] on ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': "Oh, [[MustHaveCaffeine I can't stop drinking the coffee]]. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words-putting-into-sentence-doing."
* Occurs in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' ("My Balancing Act"): Turk wears a nasal strip (presumably as a breathing aid [[spoiler:to improve his bedroom performance and overcome Carla's inability to orgasm]]), prompting Carla to ask "Why are you wearing one of those nose breathing thingies?"
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': "And you... with that hair on your head... Hair head!"
** Also characteristic of Dana Carvey's UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush impression.
* In the pilot of ''Series/JustCause'':
-->'''Alex:''' When I was in prison, I developed a gut for reading people.
-->'''Whit:''' Your prison gut is going to get me disbarred.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', the one-man play that Eric writes contains the line, "The hot wind howled, [[ShapedLikeItself like a kind of howling... hot... windy thing."]]
* Marshall, Ted, and Lily often fall into this mode of speaking on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', particularly when Robin and Barney aren't around. Stands to reason, as Creator/AlysonHannigan is a Buffy alumn and the show creators are huge Creator/JossWhedon fans.
* Radar from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' is sometimes prone to this.
-->'''Radar:''' Sir, I was walking by and I noticed this gizmo came disconnected from the thingamabob and it wasn't dripping into the doohickey right.
-->'''BJ:''' You lost me with all the technical terms, Radar, but I get the picture.
** Henry, too.
--> '''Col. Blake:''' I mean the talk about the, uh, what I'm supposed to talk about.
--> '''Col. Blake:''' General Mitchell, it is both an honor and a privilege and a pleasure to welcome you into that which only through your kind support and generosity are we able to be standing in the middle of it.
* From BBC series ''Me And My Monsters'': "human-dad-thingy" and "mummy-human thingy".
* From ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', episode Folkmoot (It may help to know that [[BilingualBonus "thing" is Norse for "council"]]):
--> '''Olaf:''' A thing is like a small thing, Folkmoot's like a bigger thing, it's not to be taken lightly, it's a big thing thing where important things are decided.
* Also happens in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry says, " I mean how can I be with someone that doesn't laugh. It's like... well it's like something!"
* Heard in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm,'' especially from Dustin. That season practically has its own language.
-->'''Dustin:''' I [[DefeatEqualsExplosion blew up]] the [[MonsterOfTheWeek dude]], and he, like... ''[[NotQuiteDead un-blew]]'' up!
* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Paige's power of Telekinetic Orbing required her to call objects by name. In the episode "Hyde School Reunion", she doesn't know what to call a demonic acid substance but successfully orbs it back to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek demon]] by calling it "Icky stuff!". In another episode, "A Wrong Day's Journey into Right", she does the same thing using "Weapon... thingy!".
--->'''Piper:''' Icky stuff?
--->'''Paige:''' It worked.
** In an apparent ActorAllusion, the second Seer (played by Creator/CharismaCarpenter) does a lot of this.
---> '''Seer''': Okay. You want to stop with the gross flesh-peely talk?
* Rick from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' sometimes has "stuff" and "things" to do.
* April from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' had a rare example of a character known for SpockSpeak reverting to Buffy Speak. In the ninth season episode "The Sense in the Sacrifice", Booth kissed Brennan breathless after she declared her absolute faith in him and his instincts. Her response combined Buffy Speak with INeedToGoIronMyDog; "I have to go...do...scientific things to catch a serial killer."
* Penelope Garcia, the resident tech expert on ''Series/CriminalMinds'', is prone to this, especially when she gets excitable.
* ''Series/DocMartin'': Martin tells PC Penhale that his brother is displaying ''some'' of the symptoms of Huntington's disease. Penhale has a panic attack and Martin shuts him up by agreeing to give him a blood test. Penhale says of his blood that "Oh no! It looks Huntington-y!".
* Beaver and, to a lesser extent, Wally in ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''. This is what distinguished the show from, say, ''TheDonnaReedShow'' where the children spoke like they were in a NeilSimon play.
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* A parody of ''Antiques Roadshow'' in ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' had a few of the appraisers inspecting the "antiques" with a jeweler's loupe, or as they call it, a "thingamajig that jewelers use".
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* Music/TheyMightBeGiants have a song called "They'll Need a Crane" consisting of this sort of thing. It tells the tale of a dysfunctional relationship in strange metaphor, while referring to the two people only as "Gal" and "Lad".
-->Lad looks at other gals.
-->Gal thinks [[DrowningMySorrows Jim Beam]] is handsomer than Lad.
-->He isn't bad.
** Or in "No One Knows My Plan:"
-->They're like the people chained up in the cave
-->In the allegory of the [[PlatonicCave people in the cave]] by the Greek guy
** They do this a lot. In an interview, they were asked what the song "Don't Let's Start" was about. They said, "It's about not let's starting."
** ''Nanobots'' gives us "Stuff Is Way", which is entirely devoted to examining this trope ("You say stuff is way / Way to go, go away..."). And then there's "Insect Hospital":
-->Walking down to the insect hospital to set the insects free / 'Cause we are like, literally, literally
* Music/BarenakedLadies have "There's a Word For That" in which they lament not knowing the proper word to describe a certain thingy that's right on the tip of their tongue.
* In "O'Malley's Bar", Music/NickCave sings about killing one of his victims "with an ashtray big as a really fucking big brick."
* From an interview with Music/FrankZappa:
-->Zappa: ... then it goes into a song called "The Torture Never Stops".\\
Interviewer: Which is about what?\\
Zappa: Er, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it's about torture not stopping]].
* [[Music/DevinTownsend Strapping Young Lad]] named their first album ''Heavy as a really heavy thing''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yus2swxb09E It just hit me like a two ton... heavy... thing...]]
** Used in the opening for the album cut of [[Music/{{Queensryche}} Queensrÿche's]] "Empire"
-->'''Answering machine voice:''' Next message: saved Saturday at 9/24 p.m.
-->'''Caller:''' Sorry, I'm just ... it's starting to hit me like a um ... um ... two-ton heavy thing.
* From Pam Tillis' "Spilled Perfume:" "Girl, if I ever saw one, that's an 'I can't believe I did that' look."
* From the fictional 1960s pop band The Wonders, stars of ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'': "And if I know you, you're doing that thing/Ev'ry day, just doing that thing/I can't take you doing [[TitleDrop that thing you do]]!"
* Music/CarrieUnderwood's "Undo It": "You stole my happy, you made me cry/Took the lonely and took it for a ride".
* America's "A Horse With No Name": "There were plants and birds and rocks and things..."
* Phil Vassar's "Everywhere I Go" has a real gem: "I was living in that happy-to-be-right-where-I-am space/And God knows that's a hard-to-get-to kind of place".
* From Music/ParryGripp's song "Black Hamster":
--> Evildoers, you will cower in fear when he arrives on the scene, as you will be... in big trouble!
* "Love Type Thing" from Music/TeganAndSara's ''So Jealous'' album.
* "Sex Type Thing" by Music/StoneTemplePilots is a subversion, in which the Buffy Speak is left on the title.
* When Music/LindseyStirling is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzVIq7X-EiM explaining the process of making her music]], she describes how she will just do away with dictionary words altogether when trying to express what she wants to do. This is followed with a rather amusing demonstration.
* DeepPurple rented the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio to record their album ''Machine Head.'' Their misadventures are recalled in the classic "Smoke on the Water," and the studio is dubbed "the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside."
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[[folder: PictureThingsInThePaper (Newspaper Comics)]]
* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': Some mobsters are interrogating a little man tied up in a chair. "Well," says their leader, "we've tried every device and you still won't talk - every device, that is, except for the one we simply call 'Mr. Thingy.' " The hoodlum then holds up a weird contraption that looks like a cross between a bomb and a Swiss army knife.
* [[http://www.gocomics.com/candorville/2012/06/08 This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'' strip: "I'm as bad with analogies as... something else is bad at a thing."
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[[folder: PeopleWhoFightAndStuffForMoneyAndIt'sFake (Professional Wrestling)]]
* There was Wrestling/KurtAngle trying (and failing) to get fans to boo him during his 2005 feud with Wrestling/JohnCena by announcing that he [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6oyft_kurt-angle-dislikes-black-people-an_sport did not like "the black people."]]
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, to [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]]: "It's not a black thing, it's not a white thing - it's a me-kicking-your-ass thing!"
* The efforts of FunnyForeigner Wrestling/SantinoMarella to speak coherent English often result in this.
* Matt Striker loves pulling this type of speech off, one time even declaring that [[Wrestling/LayCool Layla El]] was [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "hellacious Lay-lacious"]].
* Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}} are reeking of awesomeness.
* On the ''Tropical Pleasures'' [=DVD=] from 2002, Wrestling/{{Ivory}} is talking about which WWE guys she finds sexy, and says that Billy Gunn has "confidence and cuteness and [=funness=]."
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[[folder: SoundsFromThatWeirdBoxWithTheSpeakerInIt (Radio)]]
* With Radio/TheBobAndTomShow's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRtwBTDp2s Joe Jefferson Vocabulary Builder-Upper]], you can learn yourself many big and good words, or my name isn't Jim Johannsen. From Jack Johnson, the creator of the [[ForgetfulJones Jake Jackson Memory System]].
* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', as an ActorAllusion to BenedictCumberbatch's role in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Martin gets to cite a famous Literature/SherlockHolmes quote... somewhat less articulately.
-->'''Martin''': The thing is, we've taken away all the things that can't possibly have happened, so I suppose the only thing that's left, even though it seems really weird, must be the thing that did happen in fact!
-->'''Douglas''': ...Snappily put.
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[[folder: ThatThingWherePeoplePretendThey'reOtherPeopleInFrontOfMorePeople (Stage)]]
* In Shakespeare's ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Antonio faces off against Claudio and Don Pedro, and he is too angry (or, in some productions, too drunk) to properly articulate his rage. The result is quite entertaining.
-->"Come boy, come sir boy, come follow me sir boy!"
** Shakespeare's frequently-used bit of Buffy Speak, ShapedLikeItself?
** He [[http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/wordsinvented.html "invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and devising words wholly original."]]
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[[folder: TheThingWherePeopleSayFunnyStuffOnStage (Stand Up Comedy)]]
* Comic actor Creator/SteveMartin's stand-up routines frequently employ this trope.
** "Because a day without sunshine is like, you know, night."
** "Some people have a way with words... and some people... uh... ''not'' have way, I guess."
* Stand-up comedian Creator/EddieIzzard described his playing of the clarinet as sounding like "a foghorn being dragged through... uh, a place where a foghorn should not be dragged."
** And, in a bit about toasters, said that "they have a turny-button thing... it's called a 'turny-button thing.'"
** Honey is "in your morning, on your breakfasty toasty, in a jar, kind of."
* On Creator/GeorgeCarlin's half-sketch, half stand-up album, ''A Place For My Stuff'':
--> '''(Radio Ad):''' "Consolidated International! People making things so people have things to do things to other people with! And thinking up more things to do with the stuff we have!
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[[folder: TheThingsPeoplePlayInTheirDarkBasementsWhileDrinkingMountainDewAndStuff (Video Games)]]
* Right before [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds inadvertently causing the destruction of his home universe]], Zetta, main character of ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', exclaims, "Sacred Tome? Ha! More like... sucky... dumb... thing!" It's the first of many indications that, crazy freakin' overlord or not, he's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
* ''VideoGame/ArmedAndDangerous'', an obscure but fun shooter for the X-Box and PC, had this... like... a lot. Perhaps the worst offender is the [[PresidentEvil Emperor's]] retarded son, and I mean ''actually'' retarded, who has trouble stringing syllables together. Don't get him started on whole sentences.
* The Scout in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', being the youngest and most hyperactive of the nine classes, has this in a bunch of his domination lines. For example, to the [[HuskyRusskie Heavy Weapons Guy]]: "I am ''owning'' you, you fat bald fatty fat... fat-fat!" or to the Sniper: "You'll never hit me! You'll never hit my tiny head! It's so tiny, I've got a frickin'... such a tiny little head!".
* Travis from ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'', getting more and more peeved about being dragged around Silent Hill by Alessa, holds up a piece of the Flauros he found and yells out: "I got your... your ''thing'' for you!"
* When ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' got voices, Dominic Armato added this trait to protagonist Guybrush Threepwood.
--> "There are another ants crawling all over it."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Discworld}}'', Rincewind describes a strange, distant shape as being "fraught with... with... shapeness". [[MediumAwareness Then he concludes that it has to be a plot element]] [[GenreSavvy because otherwise it'd have a better label than just "Shape".]]
* Alistair from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is guilty of this and gets teased about it by Morrigan. According to WordOfGod, quite fitting for this expy of [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy's]] Xander.
** In the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII sequel]], Hawke sometimes falls into Buffy Speak if s/he tries to lie. Telling Ser Roderick that Hawke saw Conrad sacrifice a goat leads to Hawke stammering "He was talking about how he wanted to do all kinds of... demony things!"
** Also when Hawke first learns of Anders ability to HulkOut into Justice;
--> '''Hawke''': Not that part, the ''[[UnstoppableRage Angry]] [[PowerGlows Glowing]] [[BackgroundMagicField Fade]]'' bit?
* In ''[[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Crash Tag Team Racing]]'', a Park Drone in the Tyrannosaurus Wrecks area, frustrated with Crash for not getting him enough money to leave the park, will exclaim "Again, you come back to haunt me?! Like some kind of haunting thing?! Haunting... and coming back?!"
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'': ("A shiny came out of the yucky".)
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Even Commander [[BadAss Shepard]] is not immune to this... after three hits of the strongest drink on the Citadel, followed by under the counter batarian ale, the bartender offers a krogan drink known as [[GargleBlaster Ryncol]].
--> "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hell yeah. Put more of the stuff in the... thing more stuff goes in]]."
** Grunt, being essentially a krogan teenager, often speaks like this, while trying to either puzzle through his tank-imprints or simply talking outside of combat. On Korlus, the squad will also encounter another tank-bred krogan who is even less experienced and articulate than Grunt, who speaks this way. Though he's also [[GeniusBruiser intelligent enough]] that he switches between this and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness quite often.
--->'''Grunt''': We should get behind... stuff.
** Jack, at one point, defines the Collectors as "fucked up...bug thing[s]". She's not ''wrong'', exactly...
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', Pey'j, when he's being attacked by a crochax:
--> Get off me! Stupid... whatever you are!
** And when repairing the lift in the Factory:
--> As for the piston, did what I could. Just put the thingamajig back in the whatchamacallit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s "Aperture Science Thing That We Don't Know What It Does"
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has some as well. [[spoiler:Wheatley]]'s "All right, fatty? Adopted… fatty! Fatty fatty no parents?" and shortly later "What’s wrong with being adopted? Um, well, uh… Lack of parents?".
** "[[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Holmes]] versus Moriarty, Aristole vs '''MASHY SPIKE PLATE!'''"
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when Mimiron activates the [[ShoutOut V-07-TR-0N]] he shouts "Bask in its glorious... um, glory!"
** The wolvar race does this enough to be verging on the point of a VerbalTic.
** The Gnomish Army Knife is being update in ''Mists of Pandaria'' to include a "Whirly Thing".
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', "You're the absolute best star-getting guy!"
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the villain Mimi constantly uses childish phrases, referring to the heroes as "meanies".
* In the 2010 ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', Tier 1 operators look and sound a lot less professional than the soldiers in the normal army, though obviously they're much more deadly. In Running With Wolves you're told to "stay stealthy."
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'': At one point, Kraden amusingly refers to a ship-powering crystal as "the thingie... that makes it go." Proving that the Lemurians' {{Magitek}} is exotic to him ''despite'' his lifelong studies of such.
* Franziska von Karma from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' TO AN EXTREME.
-->"You huffy, puffy, loosey-goosey excuse for a whimpering whining wuss of a witness."
-->"Don't be foolish you foolish fool wearing the foolishly foolish clothes."
* One item-of-the-month in '' VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' allows you to temporarily turn into a vampire, at which point one option during exploration lets you meet an obvious Buffy parody, who calls you "Broody Von Stoicpants", and states that she's "a sucker for a brooder. Broodie? One who broods."
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin]]'', Snake Fist's attempt to describe Alma's motivations.
-->''She covets you. She's a... coveter...''
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'', when you go to [[spoiler:Dropstone]] and tap one of the benches, Luke says that the bench sure is... benchy.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has one character who is exceptionally prone to this in [[BunnyEarsLawyer Pascal]]. Every other technologically savvy character is prone to just keeping the language simple enough that Asbel and crew can keep up. Pascal, on the other hand, gets an example of this every hour or two.
* ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise'' has a single instance: Marie refers to the FOCS construct as a "big spinny ring thing" at one point when talking to someone who didn't know its actual name.
* ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' text adventure has an inventory item called ''thing your aunt gave you which you don't know what it is''.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdysseyUntold'' has this gem from ChildMage Arthur:
--> '''Arthur:''' I just go "Zoom!" and it goes "Whoosh!" and then "Bam!" and the enemies are like "Noooooo!" and I'm all "Hahaha!"
* Surprisingly, the normally [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness fustian]] Asura of ''Videogame/GuildWars2'' has one of these for the female characters. When attacking an enemy, occasionally she'll blurt out: "You're dumb. You'll die and leave a dumb corpse."
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[[folder: CartoonsOnTheInternetAndStuff (Web Animation)]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' does this a lot:
-->''' Strong Bad:''' My internet's crawling along like... something... funny... that crawls along.
** "What the sense make?!"
** Also Reynold from the Cheat Commandos.
---> "I never get to go on any missions! I'd be a good mission... guy."'
** Also the name "Gunhaver" itself, and sentences like "who will have gun?"
** "Hey Stinkoman! Everybody says you're the guy! VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy too!"
** "Ixnay on the... cut it out throwing roses at me... may."
** "If you can't stand the heat, get out of... y'know, that aforementioned heaty place."
** "I'm gonna go... place."[[note]][[http://hrwiki.org/w/images/f/f7/Place.png Complete with postcard!]][[/note]]
* Parodied in ''WebAnimation/KingdumbHearts''
--> '''Xemnas:''' Gentlemen, thanks for coming. I'm here to talk about IT.\\
'''Xigbar:''' What?\\
'''Xemnas:''' Yes... it has done IT. And now she well do THE THING, and now what I told you about will happen to him, and then will happen to HER, when IT is done. Then WE need to do... THE THING.\\
'''Xigbar:''' The who the what and the when?\\
'''Xemnas:'''' Saix, is IT done? THE THING?\\
'''Saix:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Xemnas:''' And Xigbar, is IT ready to do IT?\\
'''Xigbar:''' What?\\
'''Xemnas:''' IS "IT" READY TO DO "IT"?\\
'''Xigbar:''' "sigh" Yeah, yeah, HE is doing IT and IT is HER doing something... whatever you say.\\
'''Xemnas:''' What?!?! She did THE SOMETHING?!? We must take action at once!!!!
* ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'' has "Evil Blah's Evil Lair Type House Thing!", inside of which are the "Evil device thingy!" the generic damsel is chained to and the "Weird evil Machine thing [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom o` doom]]".
** "What was that? Some kind of... kamikaze, type, person?"
* The title character of ''IAmBabyCakes'' has a surprising way of expressing the great paradoxes of life and love in simple, childish terms.
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[[folder: PictureThingsThatTellAStoryOnTheInternet (Web comics)]]
* Jules from ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'' is quite fond of these.
-->Jules: Come along then. You can be my apprentice... or squire... or... whatever.
-->Van: What does a squire do, Jules?
-->Jules: I don't know; he squires. We'll look it up in the dictionary later.
* Red from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' lapses into this when describing such esoteric concepts like ''rooms'' and ''chairs''. "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=320 Sitty-downy things,]]" indeed. This is implied to be a function of serious gaps inherent in the education process prior to becoming human, because while chairs are a foreign concept she jabbers off about some seriously advanced nonsense.
* [[CloudCuckooLander Eddie]] from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' has a particularly amusing (especially if you haven't read the story) example [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives/?strip_id=288 here.]]
** [[DeadpanSnarker Saya]] also uses this trope on [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives/?strip_id=1053 this]] page while referring to the previous example.
* In [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/74 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'': "You'll be defeated like... like... like... like some easily defeated '''thing'''!"
* ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' does this all the time, especially Shelley.
** Example:
--->'''Amy''': I think it's a vampire! Stab it with a stake!
--->'''Shelley''': We can't do murders on it!
** Another, laced with sarcasm:
--->'''Amy''': I've not been this surprised since I discovered... ''something desperately unsurprising.''
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', Scarlet, among others.
--> '''Scarlet''': A bad, floaty, shooty, tinny thing is being bad upstairs!
* [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_225.php Mab's gut feeling]] in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
* Parodied in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990516 the "Muffin the Vampire Baker" story]] of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. "I'm going to do my best to distortify the English languagism thingies." When Muffin hears that vampires can be killed by staking instead of baking, she declares she's now "Muffy the girl who sticks wooden thingies into vampires".
* ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire''
-->'''Dechs''': You want to catch me, like the spider caught the fly, huh? Well now the spider has become the spided!
* At one point in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', huge lizard-man K'Seliss says, "... There is battle happening ''right now'' all around me and I'm stuck in this pathetic hut like some... hut... stucky... thing!
* [[Webcomic/EightBitTheater Fighter's]] ''true'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/09/07/episode-076-fighter-and-red-mage-are-back/ power]]:
-->'''Red Mage:''' We'd be better off using harsh language than the ''pathetic'' wooden pieces of... pathetic... weapons that these people call... weapons.
-->'''Black Mage:''' Um...
-->'''Red Mage:''' Shut up. I've been hanging out with Fighter all day. I could literally feel him sucking away at my... brain-thinky score thing.
-->'''Black Mage:''' You mean intelligence?
-->'''Red Mage:''' By Mordekainen's [=+ 5/+ 5=] wand of sorcery, he's lowered my INT score just by being near me!
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' gets some mileage out of this.
-->'''Khrima:''' [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20051217.html "Burn in the flame of shadows like... um... some sort of shadow candle thing!"]]
* Kris Straub's comics use this. In ''[[Webcomic/{{Starslip}} Starslip Crisis]]'', sometimes this is future slang, and sometimes it's just "Fooly-fools!"
* [[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]] and her sidekick Wonderita.
* In ''Webcomic/YouDamnKid'', the narrator's parents get into an argument because Dad is looking for "the thing for cutting the things" and is angry that Mother doesn't know what he's talking about. "Imagine your parents not speaking for two weeks because Dad can't remember the words for 'toenail clipper'."
-->"Go ask your mother where that other thing is."
-->"Other thing?"
* In a ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' strip [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/59 (link)]] where Largo tries to explain LeetSpeak to Junpei, the best he can do is:
--> '''Junpei:''' What is this "ownz'ed"? You must show me, master from a foreign land!
--> '''Largo:''' It's like this, you know, this l33t thing, that you do when you, like, ownz someone.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': There are those who consider [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0699.html the Monster in the Darkness]] to be "as dumb as things that are really dumb."
** Haley's brain feels [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0749.html "like a psion... did some psiony stuff."]] In fairness, Haley was having a large hangover at the time, and so couldn't come up with a decent metaphor.
* [[http://wayofthemetagamer.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/34423 This]] ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' comic.
* The page image is from [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20041208.html this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' strip.
* An issue of Webcomic/LifeSketch had the title of [[http://Kitty-the-Waterbaby.deviantart.com/art/LS-08-Buffy-Speak-153518990 Buffy Speak,]] though the content itself had nothing to do with the trope.
* Occasionally used for effect in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl''.
--> '''English I Student:''' Like there's this word in the English dictionary for how I'm feeling right now towards you...
--> '''David:''' Mad?
--> '''English I Student:''' Like oh ma gawd, yess!
* In Webcomic/GaiGin, Foxy shows Gin some novelty taiyaki: "It's cakes! Shaped like penises! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Man penises!]]"
* Surprisingly, Dr. Schtein of ''Webcomic/StringTheory'' speaks like this.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', "Heidi", [[spoiler:AKA Elliot's party girl alter ego]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-06 tends to]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-08 talk like this]] along with being generally [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]].
* A small example in ''Webcomic/OctopusPie'' where Eve was [[http://www.octopuspie.com/2010-08-09/380-the-thing-where-the-air-is-cool/ taken aback by certain luxuries present.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Bob does this periodically. Elaborate high tech devices tend to get designated as "thingies."
* Happens frequently in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', since most of the characters are thirteen years old. Especially notable with John, whose [[BlowYouAway Heir of Breath]] powers are consistently referred to as "the windy thing". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d:
-->[[color:#0715cd:EB: I'm going upstairs to the big platformy thing.]]
-->[[color:#b536de:TT: The alchemiter?]]
-->[[color:#0715cd:EB: ??]]
-->[[color:#b536de:TT: Try to learn the lingo.]]
** It's a RunningGag that nobody knows what to call the "flappy doodad" that exists on a mailbox and has some trouble coming up with a description that someone else can understand. (The technical term seems to be 'signal flag', by the way, but somehow that's not very satisfying)
* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'' mixes this with ArsonMurderAndJaywalking, as [[BadAss Isambard Kingdom Brunel]] tries to convince Lovelace to go back to Babbage.
-->'''Brunel''': Where would science be without the Engine? Archaic! Puny! Boring! It doesn't bear thinking about! I'd be able to build gigantic iron ships, certainly - but could they ''fly''?\\
'''Lovelace''': It would indeed be difficult...\\
'''Brunel''': Would Darwin be able to mess around with his, uh... barnacles he won't talk about?\\
'''Lovelace''': Um, that one I'm not sure about...\\
'''Brunel''': ''Would Faraday be able to that whatsis with the thingamajig??''\\
'''Lovelace''': ''No! No he would not!''\\
'''Brunel''': '''''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Now get out there and do whatever the hell it is that you do!!]]'''''
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' presents the [[http://xkcd.com/1133/ Saturn V rocket with Apollo and LEM spacecraft]], explained using only the 1000ten hundred most commonly used English words.
* In ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'', [=DisgruntledFerret=] likes to play around with grammar and tenses.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' has Ally describing her first S&M movie as having "porny exaggeration" and "costumey visual side."
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[[folder: Things On The Web Not Based On Other Things Not On The Web (Web Original)]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' features this prominently, unsurprisingly since it's a Creator/JossWhedon production.
** Dr. Horrible:
---> "Moist! My evil... moisture... buddy!"
---> "I would never turn my back on a fellow... laundry-person..."
** Captain Hammer does it too, though he's not exactly intelligent:
---> "She turned me on to this whole homeless... thing..."
---> (quoted on the news) "I hope to set an example, for, you know, children and stuff."
---> "Oh, momma! Someone maternal!"
* ''[[WebVideo/{{Kickassia}} "WELL I'M SCIENCIER!"]]''
* {{Website/Cracked}}'s video "If Nature Documentaries Didn't Let Science Get in the Way":
---> This treestump is a perfect example of our universe. It's covered in bits and stuff, just like all the other bits and stuff covered in bits and stuff in our universe... What is this part that's not those things I just said?
* Very often done by the [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}, who will often say "Well, that was a thing" or any of a million similar sentences. Some of it {{Justified|Trope}} by him being French Canadian and French in Quebec having many different ways to say "thing" (see the Real Life section of this page) that just don't translate well into English. The rest is him just playing up his TalkativeLoon nature.
** Another LetsPlay, for ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'', had Minsc proclaim that the [[TurnUndead Mace of Disruption]] was "very disrupty". Minsc isn't too good at the thing with the wordy things at the best of times (unless they involve hilariously over-the-top descriptions of what he's going to do to the bad guys), so it fits.
* In the web cartoon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m353UIbP5cU Irving, the Socially Awkward Bee]], the bees that Irving attempts to hang around with want to leave his presence by saying they have to do "the thing with the thing".
* Most of the main cast of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' falls into this at one point or another, but Caboose seems particularly prone due to his status as TheDitz.
--> '''Tucker:''' ''"My sword? Fuck yeah, I know how to use that! What's to understand about "swish, swish, stab"!?"''
* Ray William Johnson does this from time to time on =3, mainly because he tries to come up with a joke against your mom but fails.
--> '''Ray''': ... in a... mom... throwing-contest. Shut up!
* In one WebVideo/{{Vlogbrothers}} video:
--> '''Music/HankGreen''': I shot down that like a... like a...
--> '''Creator/JohnGreen''': Like a shooter down a shoot thing!
--> (Caption: I'm a writer.)
* A significant portion of the hilarity of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq7G-Q9ZwC0 My Drunk Kitchen]] is thanks to this trope.
* In ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'''s Trope Of The Week ''DumbassHasAPoint'' Zack trying to explain "After Effects".
-->'''Zack''': It's... the thing with the things!
* Happens in a couple of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' videos; [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed "Sneaky-stab mode"]] and [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} "You're science-ing right now!"]]
* The ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''-inspired ''Unreal Revolution'' [[GameMod modification]] for the first ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' (re-read the sentence if you need, we swear it makes sense) makes large use of this trope. "Use this to turn off the sparky hurt light", indeed.
* [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/Never_Say_Never_Again.aspx This episode of]] [[Website/TheAgonyBooth Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack]]: "But really, [[Film/JohnnyEnglish that]] was a good movie, and [[Film/NeverSayNeverAgain this film]] and a good one are as dissimilar as two completely dissimilar things... in a bag."
* The name of the website http://www.sciencystuff.com/
* ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'''s Sursum Ursa does this in her Moriarty episode:
-->'''Sursum Ursa''': ... and he has mood swings like... a very... swingy... thing!
* From ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
-->'''Kaiba''': Duel me, you... uh, weird, cyborg, kind of... burn victim... person.
* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''
-->'''Rarity:''' Why would I spend my afternoon with a bunch of war criminals and their... war... crimes?
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 177. I am not to refer to a formation as "the boxy rectangle thingie".
* Most of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse stories are centered around teens at the SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy, so it's inevitable. Solange has a tendency to slip into this whenever she's upset. Aquerna sometimes does when she's busy being a MotorMouth.
* In the Opinionated Reviews of one Website/SFDebris, Chuck will often point out when something is on the list of things that are as bad as a very bad thing. God help you if you pull something from the list of things that are worse than a very bad thing.
* Website/BashOrg:
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' i have broken two of my erm
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' foot things
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' extensions
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' those little thigns on ur feet
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' 5 on each ::
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' :/
--> '''(@eliaz`medal):''' dunno name
--> '''(@Ched):''' toes?
* [[Blog/RainbowDashReadsHomestuck Rainbow Dash]] often resorts to this when new Homestuck stuff comes up.
* Creator/DougWalker, while discussing the worst movies he watched for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, describes ''Film/InspectorGadget'' like so:
-->...this was trying to mimic a cartoon world that was already a cartoon world but make it more cartoony because it's in reality, and...I don't...this movie has made me not make word senses that I can complete formally in this period.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara proclaims, after something ''very'' stupid in ''Battle for Bludhaven'', proclaims that he broke something in his "thinking thing".
* Mitch and Mary Morpotzner from ''WebVideo/DatabaseRangersPowerReviews'' tend to speak this way at times. While watching a choreographed fight scene during the review episode of "The Wild Wipeout" from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Mitch describes the Rangers doing "punchy flippy kicky things."
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight''
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/de-ting-de-ting/308 Problem: Thing is blue and blue on the thing.]]
** From the spinoff ''Not Always Friendly'', [[http://notalwaysfriendly.com/talking-total-bolado/34097 this story]] has a missionary in El Salvador trying and failing to convince a local plumber that she is from the area. He's finally convinced when she loses a ring in the drainpipe and resorts to the Salvadorian word for "thingamajig" to explain it to him.
* ''WebVideo/PBSIdeaChannel'' combines this with TakeThat while the host [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9QIGAHQZqQ briefly makes a comparison]] between ''LiveActionTV/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
-->"Breaking Bad is up there with Lost on the list of shows encouraging fan theory about what will happen next, the major difference being that on Breaking Bad, unlike Lost, there is actually a return on your thinking investment since stuff...actually...MEANS...things."
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'' says that in the old commercials, Cool Spot "would walk around and stuff."
* [=MrBtongue=] of ''WebVideo/TastefulUnderstatedNerdrage'' combines this trope with SophisticatedAsHell, especially when he coins the terms "reverse complaining" and "talky and techy sci-fi".
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[[folder: TVWithCartoonyPeopleAndStuff (Western Animation)]]
* Abis Mal from ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': "I'll rule [Agrabah] like some... big... ruler guy!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' does this a lot:
-->'''Jake:''' Watch this everybody! A cooler! With... stuff for the thing!
** Another one:
--->'''Finn:''' Let's just give him some purple-whatevers.\\
'''Jake:''' ... You mean the ''grapes?''\\
'''Finn:''' ... Yeah, whatever.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" Principal Skinner is searching for Bart, who cut school on the same day of an accident in the Quimby mansion. Bart escapes across a rope bridge and cuts it, thinking that Skinner won't [[ScarilyCompetentTracker walk into the raging river]] that separates the two. In Franchise/{{Terminator}}-like fashion, Skinner walks ''under'' the water, barely changing his facial expression, at which point Bart quips, "He's like some sort of... NonGivingUpSchoolGuy!" According to the writers, this was written after a long session in which they couldn't come up with anything clever for Bart to call Skinner.
** Also:
--->'''Homer:''' Marge, where's that... metal dealy... you use to... dig... food...?
--->'''Marge:''' You mean a spoon?
--->'''Homer:''' Yeah, yeah!
** Also also:
--->'''Homer:''' Oh Lisa, you and your stories! Bart is a vampire! Beer kills brain cells! Now let's go back to that... building... thingy...w here our beds and TV... is."
** Also also also:
--->'''Nelson:''' Way to breathe, no-breath.
** And:
--->'''Lionel Hutz''': I move for a bad court-thingy.
--->'''Judge Snyder''': You mean a mistrial?
--->'''Hutz''': Yeah! That's why you're the judge, and I'm the... law-talking-guy.
** Homer, upon meeting the editor of Reader's Digest:
---> "I especially love the Build Your Vocabulary section! That thing is really, really, really... good."
** Homer enters a superstore:
---> "So many things, and so many things of each thing!"
** Homer [[ItMakesSenseInContext instructing Marge on flying a hot air balloon]]:
--->'''Homer''': I want you to pull on the thing, that's near the other thing.
--->'''Marge''': This thing? ''(a burst of flame shoots down onto Homer's head)''
--->'''Homer''': Ahh! ...no... that was not the thing.
** Homer in "Dead Putting Society"
--->'''Homer''': That putter is to you what a bat is to a baseball player, what a violin is... to the--the guy that--the violin guy!
** In the episode "Yokel Chords":
--->'''Yokel Girl''': Hey, ain't you one of them funny, big-nosed showbiz people?
--->'''Krusty''': Oh, you mean a ''clown''?
--->'''Yokel Girl''': No, a J-
--->'''Krusty''': ''(quickly and nervously)'' -oker! Yeah! And I'm not a practicing joker, so I'm not offended! Heh, heh, heh!
** Professor Frink's theme song? "He'll run around, and then he'll do… the thing… with the person…"
** In "Homer the Smithers", after listening to Mr. Burns' orders.
-->'''Homer''': Uh huh. Uh huh. Okay. Um, can you repeat the part of the stuff where you said all about the… things. Uh… the things?
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko gets angry at his broken old vacuum cleaner: "You're useless and pathetic, like a useless and pathetic thing!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. But Bender need brain! For smart-making!
--> '''Leela''': Oh no! He's siphoning our energy and becoming stronger!
--> '''Fry''': Like a balloon and... something bad happens!
** Or alternatively...
---> '''Fry''': Hey, wait! I'm having one of those things! You know, a headache with pictures.
---> '''Leela''': An idea?
---> '''Fry''': ''(gesturing madly)'' Mmm! Mm!
---> '''Fry''': Hey! It's that guy you are!
** Sometimes combined with {{Technobabble}}:
--> '''Bender''': I'm done recomfoobulating the energy-motron... or whatever.
** Hattie's entire schtick is based around this, often referring to everything as a "kajigger."
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. As in, every single character. This includes Zim ("I might as well make your entire brain... nn-not smart no more."), The Almighty Tallest ("Our big... space ship... gang!"), and Dib ("Score ''nothing'' for the Zim... thingy... race."), to name a few.
** "I now leave you to your... Moosey fate."
** Also created by Jhonen Vasquez is ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', home of "Crazy! Like some crazy thing that's all . . . crazy!"
** "I can't let him get away with his... his... things-he-do!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan:'' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhWeU491kYI&feature=related I got the thing on the thing!]]"
* In ''WesternAnimiation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' The boarding house is visited by what Frankie believes to be just a normal human boy wearing a clown nose. He constantly refers to the house as "Foster's home for Makeemupthings" and upon his first visit says "So take me in, give me food and take care of me and stuff.".
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': In the episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian," Lawhinie (Gadget's EvilTwin [=/=] EvilCounterpart) can't remember the names of Gadget's tools when disguised as the Ranger.
* Suki, in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' finale. It's even lampshaded a bit:
-->'''Sokka:''' Well look at you, Buster. Now that your firebending is gone, I guess we should call you The Loser Lord!\\
'''Ozai:''' I am the Phoenix King! Uh... (falls over)\\
'''Toph:''' Oh sorry. Didn't mean to offend you, Phoenix King-of-getting-his-butt-whooped!\\
'''Suki:''' Yeah! Or how bout King of the... guys who... don't win?\\
'''Toph:''' Leave the nicknames to us, honey.
** Actually used quite a bit by Sokka. For one, his first name for Combustion Man, Sparky Sparky Boom Man. Another (albeit drug fueled): "Cactus juice, it's the quenchiest!"
** Korra from the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is prone to this sometimes. One part even has her say "I hate this being patient stuff!"
* Both of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' used the word "thingy" repeatedly. Really, the series was full of this trope. One episode is actually titled "Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy".
--> '''Daggett''': Desperate times call for desperate desperate-ness...!
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', while Junko is portrayed as quite smart for his species, he's not quite a genius. "The Beacon! It's stopped... beaconing!"
** Junko mentions that as a child, he was picked on for being more intellectual than your average Wallop; he's the only Wallop that plays a major role in the series, though, so we really have no baseline for where your average Wallop falls on the scale of thinking versus hitting things.
* Monique Speak in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', as well as slang outside of the show's trope namer.
** Ron Stoppable frequently is guilty of this.
--->"Oh, that's right, Sensei can do that weird floaty thing!"
--->"You've got the doors that go ''whoosh!''
--->"This goes beyond SickAndWrong, it's ''wrongsick!''"
** Ten reference points for nailing the Creator/SarahMichelleGellar voice.
--> '''Kim:''' "We have to time this so that hovery guardy thing doesn't see us."
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' had some of this. For example, in one episode Jim takes a ''Doppelganger'' -creating gun and Evil Jim says "Give that back you... Thing-taker guy!"
** One of the other evil characters at one point threatens, "I will crush you like an easily-crushed thing!"
** "Now I'll freeze you as solid as... uh... a solid freezy frozen thing." "[[IntelligibleUnintelligible Oook oook eeek]]!" "Oh right. Thank you! A block of ice!"
* Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' sometimes does this. She has a better excuse than most, as she's an alien and English is not her native language. Even without the language issues, though, she's still definitely the Team [[TheDitz Ditz]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy taunted Dave with, "You shall perish beneath the might of my... mighty... [[ShapedLikeItself mightiness!]]"
* Skeeter's father in ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' initially suffers from this because the room is so noisy he can't hear himself think. Later he's {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into doing this all the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' -- "And I would not call that making love. I would call that... the Shame Spear... of... Hurt..."
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' "It's Shannon! You can tell by his... thing."
* From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': "You're flirting, aren't you? Flirterers!" (courtesy of Green Arrow)
** See also: almost everything Aquaman says.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' spoofs this trope a lot earlier. In the episode "Shriek", after his original and perfectly understandable request gets turned down for being the wrong term, teenager Terry has to resort to this to get a spectrographic analysis of a piece of Shriek's armor from the Bat-computer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rfUJCf1cZ0 See here]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' involved Dexter giving a dog he found the ability to speak, which resulted in the dog repeatedly referring to one of Dexter's machines as "the thing."
* Mr. Director, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Jerry Lewis look-alike]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' lapses into this from time to time, as well as [[AcceptableTargets gibbering pseudo-Yddish nonsense]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ToadPatrol'' actually incorporated this as a regular form of speech for the toadlet characters known as "toad speak." Since they didn't know all the words for things, concepts such as nighttime were expressed in manners such as "the deep deep blue has turned to black." Rain was "falling wet."
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' when UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush [[ItMakesSenseInContext awakens the ghost of]] UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.
-->'''Lincoln''': WHO DARES DISTURB MY SLUMBER?
-->'''Bush''': Who dares question my... daring... of his... dare... jerk!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' parody of ''Franchise/StarWars'' called "Blue Harvest", Grand Moff Tarkin (Creator/AdamWest) threatens to use the Death Star's "planet-blower-upper-gun" on Alderaan. After Leia's (Lois) BigNo, he hesitates.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' Timmy proudly described himself as "fast . . . as a really strong animal, and as strong . . . as a really strong animal!"
** And he also doesn't like his cops being flung around on a big spatula thingy.
** Let's not forget the theme song: ''Wands and wings! Floaty, crowny things!''
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', when the baby Chucky keeps a lucky... object in his pocket that all the babies are familiar with, but none have a word for. (It's a bottlecap.) It is simple referred to as "Chucky's lucky... thing", complete with the pause while the babies search for the word.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', "It's an art that can't be taught, like a poet's... mind for the... to make... the perfect word."
* In an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama World Tour]]'' the cast has to find some barrels of oil buried in Drumheller's badlands as a challenge. Cody complains that "There must be twenty miles of badlands. It's like looking for a needle in... twenty miles of badlands!" [[SidetrackedByTheAnalogy Actually a needle would be way smaller than a barrel...]]
* King Julien in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''
** Done out of ''guilt'' in the episode "Nighty Night Ninja". The penguins had been staying up late and watching this ninja program, and hours later all of them are up on the top of their hideout, dead tired and discussing their predicament. Kowalski is asleep on his feet. All of a sudden, in the middle of the discussion, he wakes up shouting a WakingNonSequitur that sounds sort of like, "I want my binky!!" He notices the other three staring at him and he sheepishly says, "Sp... I-I mean... something... sciencey..." (''Nervous laugh'')
* Frequently used on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** From [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess "Suited for Success"]], after Rarity believes her career is ruined by a disastrous fashion show:
--->'''Rarity:''' ''(throwing herself down on her bed)'' Leave me ALOOOOONE! [[GrandHotel I vant to be alone!]] I want to wallow in... whatever it is that ponies are supposed to wallow in!
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason "Applebuck Season"]], a sleep-deprived Applejack shows up to receive a trophy:
--->'''Applejack:''' Thank you kindly for this here... award thingy.
** And in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep "Look Before You Sleep"]]:
--->'''Rarity:''' Fortunately, I can get along with anypony, no matter how rude ''she'' may be.\\
'''Applejack:''' Oh, yeah? Well, I'm the get-alongingest pony you're ever gonna meet!\\
'''Rarity:''' [[LampshadeHanging That's not even a word.]]
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "The Return of Harmony, Part 2"]], Twilight Sparkle lapses into this while distributing the Elements of Harmony, after being extremely frustrated with her {{brainwashed}} friends:
--->Necklace, necklace, necklace, necklace, and... big crown thingy!
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]], Rarity is stuck [[TwoTimerDate jumping between a fancy garden party and Twilight Sparkle's birthday party]], and comes up with [[INeedToGoIronMyDog various wild excuses]] to leave each party. Her excuses eventually reach the point where she mutters, exhausted, "I have to... go do the thing... with the stuff, you know..."
*** In Green Isn't Your Color, Fluttershy has to go to "the thing at the place".
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin ''May The Best Pet Win'']] When Rainbow Dash is trapped in a gorge.
---> '''Rainbow Dash''': *panicking* Forever is way too long to be trapped in Ghastly Gorge, I mean, it's like... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment FOREVER]]!
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 ''The Crystal Empire'']] Twilight gets another one. Surprising that she of all ponies wouldn't know the word "crystalline".
---> '''Twilight Sparkle''': King Sombra's spell must be why their coats aren't... crystally!
* Done in ''WesternAnimation/WildGrinders'' in which Chip Fligginton (cheesy jingle: CHIP FLIGGINGTON!) describes how Lil' Rob did his trick.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': "The Swiss Family Phineas":
-->'''Buford''': (to Perry the Platypus) "Don't worry, little ducky thing..."
** Also by Vanessa in "Candace Disconnected":
-->'''Vanessa:''' Ugh, what is this? Curse you, unknown rocket helmet transportation thing! Oh, sweet! I'm home. Never mind, unknown rocket helmet transportation thing!
* Joseph of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' tends to speak in Buffy Speak from time to time:
-->IT'S LIKE MY HEART IS A REALLY SAD MAN
* In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', while furniture shopping, Ilana convinces Lance to sit on a couch, describing it as "smooshy."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In "Red Man's Greed" Randy says that there is more to life than money like "slurpees and stuff."
** In "The Return of Chef", Stan tells the psychiatrist that Chef was brainwashed with [[HypnoRay a little thing]] that goes [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud whrrrrrr]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', when Mabel explains the hole in Wax Stan's shoe.
-->"All the wax guys have that. It's where the pole thingy attaches to their stand dealies."
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[[folder: OtherThingsAndStuffAnd... Things]]
* In the [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] TabletopGame/{{Cosmopol}}, the character Keller speaks like this to the point that others call his distinct speech pattern "Keller Speak". Justified in that he is not a native English speaker.
** No, sometimes he speaks like that in his native German, too.
* There's a snowclone joke out there that goes, "There's only two kinds of people in this world: Those who are ''good'' with words, and those who are... umm... uh... Thingy."
** And:
--->What is brown and sticky?
--->[[spoiler:A stick!]]
* From This Very Wiki, we present... TheThingThatGoesDoink.
** Also SwirlyEnergyThingy
* Somewhere between this trope and ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: after something falls off his aircraft in flight, a pilot must fill out a TFOA (Things Falling Off Aircraft).
* This LyttleLyttonContest winner: "The general, one might have said, had a sly, sneering-smile expression upon his face."
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[http://magiccards.info/5dn/en/70.html Krark-Clan Engineers.]] ''"Well, I jammed the whatsit into the whackdoodle, but I think I broke the thingamajigger."''
* A parody of ''Time'' magazine described something-or-other as "as heavy as two 150-pound bowling balls".
* [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-majority-of-americans-just-gotta-you-know-g,19852/ This]] article in ''Website/TheOnion''.
* The following is an exact quote from [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures_by_type#Creatures_associated_with_animals Vulkodlak(Slavic)]] - undead vampire horse wolf thing
* TabletopGame/YuGiOh has a monster called [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Interplanetarypurplythorny_Dragon Interplanetarypurplythorny Dragon.]]
** It also has [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gogiga_Gagagigo a monster]] that almost always causes this reaction.
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[[folder: ThatRealExistingPlaceThatIsNon-FictionalAndExists (Real Life)]]
* It's common for little kids to speak like this.
* In a way, kennings are a form of this. One of the more famous ones, ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', translated as "bee-hunter", is an Old English kenning for bear.
** These euphemisms were formed because it was considered bad luck to speak the bear's true name. Most European cultures have various different names for the same animal, and the ones nowadays accepted as its real name ("bear", for instance) are actually euphemisms used so widely that the original name was forgotten. {{Bears|AreBadNews}} are SeriousBusiness.
* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, an otherwise brilliant speaker, once did this: "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade, ''and do the other things.''" [[JustifiedTrope This was a common mid-20th century expression indicating]], "There are many examples, but I don't feel like naming them all right now." Many middle-aged Americans were still using the idiom as the 1990s drew to a close. It all makes sense in context:
---> But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Why does Rice play Texas?]] We ''choose'' to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard!
*** "The other things" in context was "beat the Ruskies".
* The French spoken in Quebec has a wide, wide range of words that mean "thing" (chose, patente, truc, cossin, bidule, and the list goes on), although sometimes with a slightly different connotation. They are frequently used in non-formal conversation, with context and non-verbal communication helping interpretation of the word.
** Combining them is perfectly valid too: "Passe-moi le truc-machin-chouette-bidule," would easily translate as "Pass me the thing-thingy-stuff-thing."
** This also works for metropolitan French, except the order of the words is different. A non-exhaustive list of words for "thing" would go: truc, machin, bidule, trucmuche, chose, machin-chouette...
** Also in Swedish, with a small selection being: Sak; apparat; apparatur; grej; mojäng; mackapär; grunka.
* German and Japanese are languages that both make heavy use of compound words by just sticking two words together. The words "Zeug" and "mono" both mean "things" and are used in combination with all kinds of word. (The German "Zeug" originally meant "gear" as in "equipment", but has come to be a generic term for "stuff" when used alone).
** ''German'': "Flugzeug" (fly-stuff/airplane), "Werkzeug" (working-stuff/tools), "Spielzeug" (play-stuff/toys), "Fahrzeug" (drive-stuff/vehicle). And let's not forget ''Zeughaus'' (stuff-house/arsenal).
** ''Japanese'': "Tabemono" (eat-stuff/food), "kaimono" (buy-stuff/things you bought), "Kimono" (dress stuff/clothing). The same applies to words with "butsu", such as "doubutsu" or "hakubutsu".
** ''Esperanto'': The suffix -aĵ- means essentially "the physical substance associated with". "Bovo" (cow) + "-aĵ-" = "bovaĵo" (beef). "Segi" (to saw) + "-aĵ-" = "segaĵo" (sawdust). "Aĵo" by itself just means "stuff".
** ''Turkish'': The suffixes -cı,-ci,-cu,-cü,-çı,-çi,-çu and -çü mean "- person". It's mainly used to define professions: "dişçi" (tooth-person/dentist), "demirci" (iron-person/smith), "yolcu" = (way-person/traveler).
* Kneadatite, a self-hardening paste that is used extensively used in miniature sculpting, is almost universally known as "''green stuff''".
* People with anomic/dysnomic forms of the mental disorder aphasia often have difficulty retrieving words from memory and come up with awkward circumlocutions to describe something that they cannot name. A person with this condition might know what an apple is and how it tastes, but might be unable to name it, instead calling it something like "that crunchy fruit that grows on trees".
* Languages
** English speakers who want to describe something they don't have a word for sometimes employ the French "''[[GratuitousFrench je ne sais quoi]]''", usually to mean something like "unique character", as in, "He has a certain ''je ne sais quoi''." It literally means, "I don't know what" which has the same meaning in English.
* The Polish word "wichajster" means a thing that either has no name or a thing whose name the speaker doesn't recall (it usually refers to a machine or part thereof, or some sort of gadget, but anything can be described by the word). And "wichajster" is pronounced exactly like "Wie heist er", which means "what is it called" in German.
** German knows "das gewisse Etwas", which means "the certain something", which is just as vague and is used in the same way.
* The 19th century brought English such expressions as "doohickey" and "thingamabob."
* When UsefulNotes/SarahPalin asked, "How's that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?" at the first-ever national Tea Party Convention, some of us wondered if Creator/JossWhedon had suddenly, inexplicably been employed as her speech writer. For those who haven't paid attention to American politics lately, or have just had their heads under a rock, this was an allusion to Barack Obama's campaign slogans of "hope and change." [[DontExplainTheJoke Which she was making fun of]].
* While on the subject of Republicans, some of old [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush No.43's]] bushisms would qualify. "Tribal sovereignty means just that; it's sovereign. You're a - you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity."
* As stated above, Creator/JossWhedon himself -- in interviews, one can practically ''see'' the ''Buffy'' script flowing forth as he speaks. Also, Jim Butcher has fallen into this a couple of times, perhaps.
* Many teenagers do this. Although they are often quite intelligent, many of them [[BookDumb aren't quite familiar with technical terms and jargon]], so use Buffy Speak when the right words don't come to mind.
** Some very studious teens, especially those cramming for standardized tests, will have an immense vocabulary but no clue how to use those words properly, thus leading to a strange mix of Buffy Speak and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* If you ever work in technical support, expect to see this a lot. Many peoples are completely unable to properly describe a technical problem.
* If you work in a home and garden or domestic supply store, such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, you ''will'' encounter this trope on a ''daily basis.'' No exceptions.
-->"Do you carry that rectangular inflatable dealie that you put ice in?"
* L33t is a form of this trope although some circles consider it an actual language.
** Dialect or jargon perhaps, but not a language. And only applicable through writing.
** L33t would be an alternate writing system of the Latin alphabet since it's just written, with some jargon thrown in for good measure.
* This trope is sadly common when speaking foreign languages you're relatively new to. Whatever education the speaker had was probably only focused on general, common vocabulary (exceptions being "medical Spanish" courses, etc.) so the speaker is limited to a very unspecialized vocabulary and has to get creative when trying to explain to a confused ER patient that the doctors are going to put in an IV to keep them from dehydrating.
** Modern linguists incidentally consider it an important skill to know how to speak around a word that you don't know, and there are several scientific studies on the subject.
*** Speaking of speaking around a word you don't know, the word for this (in English) is "circumlocution". Useful stuff.
*** Wow, we just went [[MetaConcepts something-that-is-about-itself]]!
* In Chile, the word 'wea' and its derivates can mean absolutely anything and anyone. It can get very confusing for a non-chilean to understand which thing is the 'wea' we are referring to.
** It's actually very much a {{Smurfing}} kind of thing.
* The same in Colombia with the word 'vaina', except it's never used on people, hence being translated as a very localized version of "thing", and being one of the few words used by everyone regardless of region/accent.
* In the immortal words of the Danish Prime minister Lars Løkke "Those who earn more, and pay a lot, and now pay a little less. Well they pay more-less, than those who earn a little less, and pay less, thus paying less-less"
* Accidentally used in [[http://engrishfunny.failblog.org/2011/01/18/engrish-funny-that-thing-in-the-place-with-the-stuff/ here]].
* [[http://weknowmemes.com/2013/09/hooray-sports-shirt/ This shirt.]]
* Music/BritneySpears tends to talk like this.
* An early 20th century Norwegian law referred to motorized vehicles as "driving things"
* Primates learning human sign language typically string together monosyllabic English words in order to express relatively complex concepts. Koko the gorilla, for one, famously referred to a mask (in ASL) as an "eye hat."
* Much of the Chinese language is constructed this way. Since everything is in abstract characters, it's only considered natural to keep tacking simple words onto a chain until you've got a fully developed concept. Examples: The Chinese word for "love" is ''ai''. ''Aiguo'' means "patriotic" ("love country"). ''Airen'' gives us "husband" or "wife" ("love person"); and ''aizibing'' translates to "AIDS" ("love disease"), though the last one can also be viewed as transcription.
* Japanese is also big on Buffy Speak from a grammatical standpoint. All [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_grammar#Demonstratives/ demonstratives]], and also mono and koto often only serve to exacerbate confusion in a world that is elusive as it is. [[http://ja.uncyclopedia.info/wiki/読みにくい文章/意味の分かりにくい文章/ Exhibit A (at 13.).]] This is [[NoPunIntended compounded]] by throngs of Chinese loanwords (see above) that a speaker has to live with.
* A ConLang called Toki Pona has this as its basic premise. It has only hundred-something roots, and words are formed from them exactly this way.
** And its EvilTwin, [[RussianLanguage Russian mat]] that has only six or seven roots that are all {{Cluster F Bomb}}s. * In mat, you can compose complex, perfectly legitimate and meaningful (in context) sentences [[ClusterFBomb completely out of swear words]], sometimes even working with ''one'' word base per sentence. This phenomenon is depicted in Russian humour; for example, in jokes about construction workers or engineers forced by the new superior (or a foreign consultant) to stick to decent language. This results in their inability to communicate and complete their tasks.
* A toaster manufactured by Breville has an "A Bit More" button.
* Literal translations from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polysynthetic_language polysynthetic languages]], many of them Native American, can sound like this. E.g. the Navajo for tank (when they don't just say "[[GratuitousEnglish tank]]" in the middle of a Navajo sentence), ''chidí naaʼnaʼí beeʼeldǫǫhtsoh bikááʼ dah naaznilígíí'' is "cart that crawls around with a big-boom-maker sitting on top".[[note]]Even more literally, "cart, it crawls on the ground, and it-makes-a-big-boom is on its top"—Navajo forms agentive nouns ("-er") by what's called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terpsimbrotos terpsimbrotos]]".[[/note]]Note that in speech that whole beast is rattled off as one huge word.
** In Nahuatl, it's especially noticeable when comparing modern colloquial Nahuatl to Classical Nahuatl, because Classical had a style rule that limited compounds to two elements plus endings, while modern Nahuatl will just stack on strings of elements. Modern Nahuatl would probably sound very rambling to the pre-Columbian Aztecs, who probably instituted the "two element" limit precisely to avoid that (as in most cultures, rhetoric was an important part of their conception of statecraft, and rambling tends to make for bad speeches).
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