Sitting home today with a bad case of food poisoning (I bet this stuff never happens to Tenzil Kem), I’ve been barely engaging my brain with a marathon of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, the TV equivalent of sitting quietly in a car with an old friend.  The show’s fascination with dialogue, language and call backs is perfectly in my wheelhouse, to the point where certain single episodes have their own catchphrase iconography.  Barney alone is a cornucopia of clever things to say (that no reasonable person would ever be willing to try), which leads us to today’s legen…

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DARY query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) enjoys ‘Hade ni ikuze!’, but it doesn’t always play in Peoria, asking: If you could steal adopt any fictional character’s catchphrase as your own, which one would you gank and why?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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4 Comments

  1. Alisha
    July 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    I already use quite a few from various sources, everything from Homer Simpson’s “D’OH!” and “Mmmmm, (something)” to Bender’s “Bite my shiny metal @$$” and “I’m 40% (something, then hit chest twice)” and even Sheldon’s “I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested”.

    One I’ve tried using but most people don’t get is the battle cry of Richard from LFG, “For Pony!”. People usually assume it has something to do with My Little Pony, which I know next to nothing about.

    Ideally, I’d love to have a reason to use the catchphrase of Mr. Lizard from the old TV series Dinosaurs, “We’re going to need another Timmy!” more frequently.

  2. Dan Langsdale
    July 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    I have occasionally been known to cry “Spoon!”

    If I could get away with it, though, “Hey! That’s my tuba!” from Guinea P.I.g would be choice.

  3. Ricco
    July 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm — Reply

    I have a few:

    “Never leave that to tomorrow which you can have someone else do for you today”

    “Can you do something to realistically solve that problem? No? File it under not important and move on”

  4. AmFan15
    July 25, 2015 at 9:14 am — Reply

    I already use one catchphrase in particular every time someone asks me how I did something.

    “BECAUSE I’M BATMAN!!!”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ysOoswSIE

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