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January 28 2011

Ten catch phrases you swore you'd never use (and when you used them). The Firefly quotation isn't the one you might expect.

But we have probably all used it.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've used more than a few of these...
I use the Firefly one ALL the time. Used some of the others too :)
Ah ha ha! The Princess Bride FTW! I have an LJ icon with that phrase on it.

That was a pretty short list, though. And some of the phrases went right over my head; never heard of 'em before.
Actually, I used the first one to the great amusement of a bar full of Packers fans some years ago - They were playing the KC Chiefs, and one of our guys (Probably big ol' Gilbert Brown) sacked the QB. As he groggily got to his feet, I said "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
I tell people they are going to the special hell, reserved for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.
Guess there must be a bastion of Browncoats where I live as I mostly hear "Shiny." and "Let's be badguys." alot.
And yet, they still managed to misquote Star Wars.

"No. I am your father."

There's no Luke anywhere to be found in that quote. Dammit.
NileQT87-If you read underneath that quote, it actually says the correct phrase.
I really only use the firefly one and the wizard of oz one. i have said live long and prosper, but not actually as an inclusive phrase in any conversation.

course i use several firefly ones in regular conversation. special hell is probably about as used as dino speak.
It's not the quotation I might expect? Hmm. It's the most popular quote, I thought. Anyway, I quote occasionally; but none of these.
Wow. I didn't realize how big a geek I was until I saw that I use a good bit of that list and then some. I guess it helps that I hang out with other geeks who get my references.
I'm surprised no one mentioned "It's a trap!" by Admiral Ackbar.
I play the MMO City of Heroes and on the forums my sig line is:
I found the crappy town where I'm a hero!
Many moons ago when I was on the Buffy usenet group my sig line was occasionally:
I may be Whedon's bitch but at least I'm fan enough to admit it.
(to clean it up I sometimes changed "bitch" to "bitca").
I thought immediately of "I'll be in my bunk."
And whenever my wife and I are driving and go by a "DO NOT PASS" sign, we get upset that it doesn't read "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!", so I'm glad that made the list.
I say "Can't... sentence... properly!" a lot.

And, when I really really need to: "Are you ready to be strong?"
It's not the quotation I might expect? Hmm. It's the most popular quote, I thought. Anyway, I quote occasionally; but none of these.

I'd have thought "I aim to misbehave" or "I'll be in my bunk" would be the one they'd choose. Myself, I use pretty much all the ones mentioned. I have an especial love for the "Special Hell."

But I also have the dino T-shirt. :-)
I've always been fond of "My name is Sue. How do you do? You're gonna die."

Which may possibly date me. But now that I think of it, I wonder if that was in any way inspirational for Jayne. When you think of it, Jayne was a lot like Sue. Maybe if Firefly hadn't been canceled we would eventually have found out how Jayne got his name.
Hah! This reminds me of this time, a couple of months ago, when I was working at a store that shall not be named. Anyway, I was asked to put aside a Bruce Springsteen collection for a customer who would be up shortly. That customer came up... and it was frickin' Alan Tudyk!

Well, I freaked and he was very, very nice about it all. I told him I was a fan, and he asked of what, specifically. And I blanked on almost everything. "Firefly, obviously..." "Obviously." "Dollhouse... A Knight's Tale..." And then I realized I was just reciting his resume, so I stopped talking. We shook hands, and he was gone.

I got home that night, and was obviously bummed about how big a fool I'd made of myself, but when I told my wife the story, I told her, deadly serious, that the part that upset me the most was that his credit card went through, no problem. Because if it hadn't, I had already planned on casually saying, "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" And then Alan Tudyk and I would have been best friends.

That's... that's how it works, right?
These are some of the phrases that I probably use the most often, but I know that I'm forgetting more than a few. (For some reason The Holy Grail has something weirdly apropos to say in many situations.)

*"I'll bite your legs off!" (Used when feeling somewhat powerless.)
*"...with big pointy teeth!" (Used to describe something that is causing difficulties. Accompanying hand gesture a must.)
*"Just a flesh wound." (Used when something really aches/hurts.)
*"She's a Witch!" "Burn her!" (Used as a comment upon other people's snap judgment or prejudgment.)
*"You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" (Used as a mock insult to friends.)
*"Run away! Run away!" (Used to express mild trepidation.)
*"Bring up the Holy Hand Grenade!" (Used to comment upon difficult feeling situations.)
*"Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three." (Used to mock ridiculous red tape/bureaucracy.)
*"Five is right out." (Used to say, "Absolutely not.")
*"...a shrubbery!" (Used to comment on a silly request.)
*"Message for you, Sir." (Used to deliver a message. Death rattle a must.)
*"She's/they've gotůhuge tracts o' land." (Used to comment upon the fact that though there is a practical reason, when it comes down to it, I just really want "____.")

*"There is no spoon." (Used as a reminder that everything is a conception.)
*"Free your/my mind." (Used as a reminder to be flexible.)
*"Why, oh why, didn't I take the blue pill?" (Used to point out that the path chosen is turning out to be much harder than expected.)
*"Pam Short's broken both her legs and I want to dance with you." (Used as a request to work with a talented someone.)
*"Space, the final frontier." (Used as a comment on someone's stupidity.)
*"I love it when a plan comes together." (Used when something that is generally unplanned really works out.)
*"Only mostly dead." (Used when completely wiped out.)

And it's not exactly a quote but... re-enacting the scene of Amilyn's death from the original Buffy film happens on occasion as well--usually as a response to a bad joke or the like.

(You know, years ago Carol Burnett had a skit on her show about a man and a woman meeting in a cafe and falling in love. The two people had this whole conversation with each of them using only one word at a time. If one had a good memory, a whole lengthy conversation could probably be done in fairly recognizable quotes.)

[ edited by BreathesStory on 2011-01-29 22:54 ]
Yeah but!

A catch phrase (or catchphrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some catch phrases become the de facto "trademark" of the person or character with whom they originated, and can be instrumental in the typecasting (beneficially or otherwise) of that actor.

None of these phrases are, technically, catchphrases, since they were only uttered once. Something that would be considered a catchphrase would be...

Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" and "Ooh...doughnuts."

"Where's the beef!?"

"Yo Quiero Taco Bell."

Captain Jean-Luc Picard's "Make it so" and "Engage."

"Energize." (Little known fact - No one ever actually said "Beam me up, Scotty." The closest is "Scotty, beam me up" from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.)

"Gorramit!" and "Shiny."

Rupert Giles' "Oh dear," "Good Lord" and "Bloody hell." (Although I think Spike might've used "bloody hell" more often than Giles did.)

The others could be considered "catchy phrases," I suppose. Like "That's some Bible," "I wasn't droppin' no eaves, Sir, honest" and "Have fun storming the castle!"
ShadowQuest, don't you think the "repeated utterance" part comes in with the people who are doing the repeating in daily life/media as opposed to the characters of the original work? That's how I interpreted the definition you posted anyways. So, going by my interpretation, they'd all count. Which makes for a much more fun list, IMO. All about the fun here. (Except maybe that "spoooooooon" thing from The Tick. ;-) I've never heard anyone say that one. Maybe... I wasn't around enough drunks?)
Actually, it *was* the quote I thought it would be. :) I use it quite often, actually, to the point that friends roll their eyes when I do it. I don't recall using any other quote from Firefly. Oh, alright, I do say, "I'll be in my bunk" every once in a while.
"Bored now."
"I would, but I'm paralyzed with not caring very much."
"I do not think that word means what you think it means"
"Fire bad, tree pretty."
I learnt the other day that Seth Green is responsible for the catch phrase "Cha Ching" after a burger add he made in the 90's. Awesome.

XanMan, i feel your pain, i did the same thing when i met Jewel Straite, except with less words and more almost bursting into tears. Very embarassing.

My phrase i've used heaps was when i owned the worlds crappiest little Lada Niva 4wd. We used to coax it on with "I'm a leaf on the wind"
treenie - I can top that with my Jewel Staite story. I was at Mutant Enemy Day during the writers' strike, and I see Jewel waiting to cross the street. I go up to her and say, "Hi. You don't know me, but I'm a very big fan of yours." And, treenie, I kid you not when I say that it. Wasn't. Her. It was just some random other person. I tend not to get embarrassed, but that day... oy. I still cringe, just thinking about it.
My favorite, not on the list: "There is no spoon".
Anyone who gets it is an instant friend (or at least kindred spirit).
"I'll 'ave you longshanks!" - My new favourite after a LoTR rewatch on Friday.

Also yes, the Firefly quote is a bit unwieldy. It is my computer start-up sound though. My friends and I use gorram, shiny and "I'll be in my bunk" more frequently.
The Firefly quotation isn't the one you might expect.

Oh, that's the one I expected. And I've definitely used it. :D
treenie, XanMan Friday night during the cocktail party at Motor City Buffy there was quite a crowd around Tony Head. I ended up being kind of...pushed by the crowd until my right shoulder was at his back. At one point he stepped backwards and brushed against me, turned around and apologized. My reply? "Oh, that's all right - I'd bump into you any time."

But wait! There's more! Saturday night, after my little breakdown after his concert, I'd gone up to our room while my roomies went to the Common Rotation concert. Bored and lonely, I decided to go down and see if I could stand by the ballroom doors and listen to the band (I didn't have and couldn't afford a ticket). Four steps out of the elevator I saw Tony heading across the lobby. And I called out "I swear I'm not stalking you!"

And then to top it all off, Sunday afternoon after the convention had ended I was teaching one of my roommates how to play shuffleboard (The table version, not the old-folks-on-a-cruise-ship version) and had just hung my puck at the end of the table for four points. Would've been, had my roomie not knocked it off with her puck. To which I loudly exclaimed, in a British accent no less, "Bloody hell!"....just as Tony walked by.

BreathesStory No, I don't think that's what it means. It's referring to continued utterance by the character, not just a one-time line that other people pick up and use.

Like Arthur Fonzarelli's "Ayyyyy!" or Steve Urkel's "Did I do that?" Wilson Wilson's "Hidey-ho good neighbor."
I use almost all of those and far, far more. My first car was an inheritance from my dad, and I called it the Millennium Falcon specifically because I was constantly patting its dashboard and muttering, "Come on, baby, hold together!"

Also, when I hear people talking at the theater, I always have to say to myself: "Child molesters and people who talk at the theater." Just that part. I don't really know why. It eases the need to slap them upside the head, I guess.

"Bored now" is also a favorite.
Love those embarrassing brushes with famous people. I am very proud to have actually used the orb of Thesalus quote (sorry about the spelling) my comic book shop was selling one and had it as the main display behind the counter so i said the guy "an Orb of Thesalus, bet you dont sell too many of those" and to my utter delight he did reply "A few, but mainly as new age paperweights". feeling the geek love that day.
Gawd, what a bunch of geeks! Isn't it great? I love this site. Barboo, quoting Johnny Cash does indeed date you but as I know to what you are refering it dates me as well, so we must both be extremely smart and fabulous people.
"None shall pass" way better than "You shall not pass".

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