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Real Life catch phrases.


  • The Presidents:
    • "My fellow Americans..."
    • "...(May) God bless America."
  • Difficult to categorize is Andy Kaufman's Foreign Man character, who didn't understand comedy but was so enthusiastically inept that one couldn't help but feel bad for him. Anyway, his catchphrase was "Tannk You Veddy Much."
  • "The nation wants to know!" — Arnab Goswami
  • Barack Obama's "YES! We can!" It has also been used by several other democratic campaigns over the years. There is also the Spanish version (Sí se puede!).
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  • Canadian media personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette has several that he uses during his countless celebrity interviews:
    • "Who are you?" (Always his first question)
    • "[Interviewee], welcome to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!"
    • "Why should people care about [interviewee]?"
    • "Ba-BOOM!" (when an interviewee has made a good dig or zinger)
    • "[Interviewee], anything you want to add to the people out there at all?"
    • "Thanks so much, [interviewee], keep on rockin' in the free world, and doot doola doot doo..."
  • Bruce Forsyth has a lot which all started on specific TV shows but which he then seemed to carry into everything else he ever did. Most famous are "Nice to see you, to see you... [Invites audience to say 'Nice']" and "Didn't he do well?". In recent times he has also adopted "I am not doddery, doddery I am... [Invites audience to say 'Not']" as a sort of self-parody.
  • According to Plutarch, Cato the Elder would end all of his speeches with the line "Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam", which translates to "In addition, I consider that Carthage is to be destroyed". What the speech itself was about was not relevant, apparently.
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  • "Follow me, I'm not gonna let you down." and "To the triumph!", Carlos Menem
  • Humor columnist Dave Barry: "I am not making this up" and "(Silly phrase) would be A Good Name for a Rock Band."
  • "You're fired!" and "Make America Great Again" — Donald Trump. (He revived "Make America Great Again" — it was originally a Ronald Reagan slogan.)
  • Durwood Fincher: "What, if any, and if not, how much?"
  • Frank Carson had "It's a cracker" and "It's the way I tell 'em".
  • Garrison Keillor ends every broadcast of NPR's Writer's Almanac with "Be well, do good work, and keep in touch."
  • "Hello everybody, I'm Don Newman, welcome to the brooaaadcast." Longtime CBC political correspondent Don Newman.
  • "I'm the father of defeat" and "We are condemned to sucess", Eduardo Duhalde.
  • Edward R. Murrow ended his broadcasts with "Good night, and good luck."
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  • In popular culture Elvis Presley's catchphrase was often said to be "Thank you, thank you very much".
  • Emeril Lagasse: "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch."
  • "And they say I'm boring", Fernando De la Rua
  • Did somebody say George Takei? Oh Myyy!
  • Glenn Beck:
    • "Hello, you sick, twisted freaks."
      • "Hello, America."
    • "But here's The One Thing"
    • "Now, I am may not be X, but I am a thinker."
    • "From New York, goodnight America."
  • Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds: "Heh. Indeed." This phrase is required to appear in any of the many mockeries of him, his blog and his politics.
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  • Greg Gutfeld:
    • "And if you don't agree, you're a racist homophobe/worse than Hitler."
    • "It's my disgusting sidekick, Bill Schulz."
    • "Let's see what we've gotten wrong so far, for that we go to TV's Andy Levy."
    • "Now we go to TV's Andy Levy for the pre-game report. Andy, what's coming up on tonight's show?"
  • Hello! Project examples:
    • Niigaki Risa: USOOOO!
    • Michishige Sayumi: Usa-chan Peace!
    • Tanaka Reina: Otsukareina!
    • Linlin: Bacchiri desu~
    • Umeda Erika: Tsukatta towel! (Used towel!)
    • Hagiwara Mai: Check it out!
    • W: W desu!
    • Ishikawa Rika: Happy~♥!
  • HM The Queen has "My husband and I..."
    • "My Lords, pray be seated." and "My Lords, and members of the House of Commons..." if you're counting the multiple State Openings of Parliament.
    • And "Have you come far?", which is her all-purpose icebreaker.
    • Let's not forget "And what do you do?", which is an endless source of comedy for British comedians.
  • J.G. Quintel tends to say "Yay-yuh!", "Hmm Hmm!" and "OOOHHH!!"
  • Joe Elliott says "Don't forget us, and we won't forget you" at the end of every live gig.
  • John McCain's "My friends..."
  • "The people united will never be defeated!", Juan Peron
  • "My vote is not positive", Julio Cobos
  • Keith Olbermann's news cast is awash with catchphrases, from the opener ("Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?") to the signoff ("That's Countdown for this the xxxxth day since the previous President declared 'Mission Accomplished' in Iraq. Good night, and good luck"), the last in Homage to Edward R. Murrow. In between there is "Worst Person in the woooorrrllld!!!" (which is another homage, in this case to Bob & Ray).
    • It shouldn't be possible for "Sir" to be a catchphrase, but somehow...
  • Kevin Meaney has "That's not right!".
  • "Thank you for your very amusing review. After reading it, in fact, my brother George and I cried all the way to the bank." - Liberace
  • Lloyd Robertson of CTV ended his lead anchoring days [1984-2011] with "And that's the kind of day it's been".
  • Michael Caine: "Not a lot of people know that" (actually a Beam Me Up, Scotty!- it's from a Peter Sellers spoof) and "My name is Michael Caine". Madness turned the latter into a hit record.
  • Toy critic Michael Mozart has a couple "Really!" and "What were they thinking!"
  • Nathan Fillion's "Bam, said the lady."
  • Paris Hilton famously overuses, "That's hot."
  • "Hello, Americans, I'm Paul Harvey. Stand by for news!"
    • "Now, page 2."
    • "Paul Harvey...Good day?"
    • "And now you know the rest of the story."
  • Conservative media figure Paul Joseph Watson's "Imagine my shock!"
  • P.T. Barnum's catchphrase was often said to be "There's a sucker born every minute" when it was really "There's a customer born every minute".
  • Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, seems to as of lately have made his memetic line "My body is ready" (originally said once during Nintendo's 2007 E3 presentation, and not mentioned again until 2012) into his own catchphrase of sorts.
  • Ringo Starr, in keeping with his New-Age Retro Hippie image, signs on with the phrase "Peace and love, peace and love." This became especially hilarious when he put up his much-derided video update telling the world not to send him any more fanmail: "I'm warning you with peace and love."
  • Robert Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson has two that are used as themes throughout the books. The first, said by Lyndon himself is, "If you take care of everything -everything- you'll win." The second, said by one of Lyndon's childhood friends is, "He just had to win. Had to!"
  • Rodney Dangerfield: "I get no respect, no respect at all." As subverted in an episode of The Simpsons that he guest starred in.
  • Satoru Iwata always says "Directly to you" in his Nintendo Directs. (Though other Nintendo Direct hosts say this too) as well as "Please understand" when explaining something.
  • SonicFox: "im gay"
  • Marvel Comic publisher Stan Lee: "Excelsior!" (This is the also the New York State motto.) Also calling his fans "True Believers".
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay (who was very intelligent) was wont when he was a child to refer to some item of knowledge as "what every schoolboy knows".
  • Tucker Carlson: "The show that is the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness, and groupthink." Carlson used to say this at the beginning and end of his show, but later changed it to only the ending. A guest house will also close out the show with the same phrase.
  • Walter Cronkite [CBS Evening News, 1962 - 1981] ended almost every broadcast with "...And that's the way it is". He even carried it over to when he voiced a character in We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story.
    • Parodied in Bruce Almighty with "...and that's the way the cookie crumbles."
    • And that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh.
  • The great radio broadcaster Walter Winchell (1897-1972) began every radio broadcast with "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press." He would then proceed to talk at 197 words PER MINUTE.
    • OI! OI! OI! (Interestingly, a Catchphrase is mentioned on this page, but it has nothing to do with that little bit of responsive cheering.)
  • Chick-fil-a (a fast-food restaurant that specializes in chicken and is closed on Sundays) employees are required to say "My pleasure" any time a customer says "Thank you."
  • The newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair has many Catch Phrases amongst long-term regulars. From The Fast Show they nicked borrowed "I'll get my coat" (usually rendered as "IGMC") as a way to abruptly end a post. An even more abrupt (and usually euphemistic) ending is [NO CARRIER] or some variant. Then there's replying to "name this game" requests with "it's definitely not Stonkers", and responding to sundry remarks with "you said that yesterday"... The list goes on.
  • "God Bless America" was a popular speech closer among U.S. politicians. It's dropped off in popularity over the past several years, though.
  • "I agree with Nick!"
  • Many people you know might have their own catch phrase that they use. Pay attention.
  • This blogger ends the first paragraph of several articles with "He's wrong, here's why." Recently lampshaded.
    • Before it was renamed to Flipside Japan, this online collection of odd Japanese TV ads and other such videos was called WTF Japan Seriously.
  • Jessica Chastain likes to use "Hello, lovelies!" to open her Facebook posts.
  • News reporter Wendy Rieger refers to criminal perpetrators as "guys" when she does a live stand-in from a crime scene.
  • Martha Stewart always says "It's a good thing.".
  • Chris Berman: "He could... go... all... the... way!".
  • Sierra Boggess apparently tries to work "You are enough, you are so enough, it's unbelievable how enough you are." in everything.
  • Hillary Clinton has "...his or her God-given potential" and "do all the good you can." And she usually ends her speeches with "...thank you and God bless you" (occasionally adding "God bless America").
  • Theresa May: "Strong and stable leadership" (sometimes "in the national interest").
  • Owen Wilson has a lot of these which he throws in for every movie he appears in. To name a few:
  • Joanna Lumley has "That is EXTRAORDINARY!"
  • Famed Spanish stand-up comedian Eugenio (1941-2001) often began his jokes with "Saben aquell que diu...?" (Catalan for "You know the one that goes...?")
  • Jimmy Savile had several, including "How's about that then?", "Now then, now then", and "As it 'appens..."


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