Catchphrases That Marked Pop Culture


Common expressions or phrases which originate from pop culture and in the arts are commonly known as catchphrases. Over the years there have been thousands of such catchphrases that have spread around the world through a variety of mass media such as in books, on T.V and radio, and now over the internet. These catchphrases have defined what pop culture is, and some of them are now commonly used, while others have even found their place in the dictionary.

At the popular online casino called Magical Vegas that offers various games such as video slots, roulette, poker, blackjack, and live casino games, their mission statement “Bring home the magic” could well figure in these popular catchphrases in the near future. “Bring home the magic” gives out a clear picture that this online casino wants its players to enjoy the best gaming experience wherever they are. This phrase could well be used to express the feeling of having a great time that feels magical.

Back in 1981 Del Boy from Only Fool and Horses said “Lovely Jubbly” for the first time and this has since become one of the immortal phrases that is used in everyday British life to refer to something good or a good news. The colourful lingo used in this T.V series by Del Boy has created various one liners and catchphrases including “He who dares – wins!”, “You know it make sense” (this is what he usually says to his customers after they have agreed on a deal”.  Little Britain is another popular British television show that features some memorable catchphrases such as “Yeah but no but yeah but” which is used by ill-educated teenager Vicky Pollard as a retort or “Computer says no” which is mentioned by the unhelpful and moody Carol Beer when  she is asked a question by a customer.

The British Quiz show The Weakest Link became popular for a catchphrase used in each and every episode of this show by the host Anne Robinson whenever she would send someone off, and this popular catchphrase is “You are the weakest link… goodbye!”. When this T.V show came to America, this catchphrase quickly became a pop culture phenomenon thanks to the harsh attitude of Anne that the Americans discovered. This phrase still lives on as one of the best lines remembered on T.V, even though the show has ended in 2012.

The phrase “That’s hot” has been used in the American show The Simple Life by the multi-millionaire heiress of the Hilton Hotels known as Paris Hilton. This sound like the opposite of “that’s cool” but in fact it has the same meaning. Then Paris came up with “That’s huge” and now she legally owns both of these phrases and even won a lawsuit when the greeting card maker Hallmark used these phases in their greeting cards.

Popular catchphrases also originated from various movies such as “I’ll be back” and “Hasta la vista, baby” from Terminator sequels, “You talking to me?” from Taxi Driver, and “Say hello to my little friend” from Scarface.  The music industry also has created some unique words which are now part of the pop culture. One such catchphrase is “Bootylicious”, a title of a song from the album Survivor of Destiny’s Child that included Beyoncé Knowles.  This word has made its entry into the Oxford English dictionary and it means curvy, voluptuous or the physically appealing figure of a women. You may also try to coin some unique words and post them online or on any other media, and in a couple of years, these may figure as popular catchphrases uses worldwide.

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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