Favourite and annoying catch phrases

joanlawson Member Posts: 8,681
edited 1. Oct 2011, 09:23 in Community Chit-chat archive
So many catch phrases from comedy shows,TV, radio, films, adverts etc. have become a part of our language.

Which ones are your favourites :?: Are there any you don't like :?:

I like:

''I have a cunning plan'' ( Baldrick )

''Listen very carefully, I will say this only once'' ( 'Allo 'Allo )

''I don't believe it!'' ( Victor Meldrew )

''Don't mention the war'' ( Basil Fawlty )

''Computer says no'' ( Little Britain )

''You stupid boy!'' ( Dad's Army )

''That's another fine mess you've got me in" ( Laurel and Hardy)

''I've started so I'll finish'' ( Mastermind.)

''Always look on the bright side of life'' ( Monty Python )

''Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!'' ( Monty Python )

I don't like:

''Nice to see you, to see you......nice'' ( Bruce Forsyth )

''Life is like a box of chocolates'' ( Forrest Gump )

''Is that your final answer?'' (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire)

''Because I'm worth it'' - L'Oreal

'' It's good to talk'' - BT

'' Every little helps'' -Tesco

''Simples!''- that annoying little meerkat



  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have to disagree with the Simples! I think it's lovely and I enjoy the ads.

    Favourites Hmmmmmm . . . . .

    I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy. Round the Horne

    Gavel-aaaar! Gavin and Stacey

    I don't believe it! (as before)

    Don't panic! Don't panic! Dad's Army.

    You stupid boy. Ditto

    He's not the Messiah, he's a very naught boy! Monty Python

    Rat on a stick! Dead rat on a stick! Ditto

    Ones that annoy.

    THAT Mastermind one.

    THAT Millionaire one.

    All of Brucie's - I can't stand the man.

    The Asda pocket patting and irritating jingle that accompanies it.
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • joanlawson
    joanlawson Member Posts: 8,681
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi DD

    Thank you for your selection. The trouble with most catch phrases is that they are funny to begin with, but eventually they get annoying when repeated too often. I think that ''Simples'' was a brilliant word to use on the ad. but since then it's been used so many times that it's become a bit of a cliché.

    Politicians often fall into the trap of using catch phrases too often. Watch this video of President Obama which illustrates this perfectly.


    A couple more comedy ones which I like are:

    ''Ooh you are awful, but I like you'' ( Dick Emery )

    ''All in the best possible taste'' ( Kenny Everett )

    Don't like:

    ''You are the weakest link.......Goodbye'' ( Anne Robinson )
  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have always hated Clunk click every trip. Sets my teeth on edge. and also watch out, watch out there's a Humphrey about. I always was a serious child :oops:

    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • joanlawson
    joanlawson Member Posts: 8,681
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    rehab44 wrote:
    Favourite catch phrase,

    'Was that really neccessary?' WO2 (Sgt Major) Len
    'It's character building……' ----"----
    ' My office. Now!'
    'Well, we finished an hour early , and as it's such a pleasant day...'

    Phrases you don't want to hear:

    "You know I told you I was over sixteen ? Well..."
    " Follow me, it's a short cut."
    "The Americans will be providing the close air support"
    "David needs something to whip up voter support and he's decided on another war"

    ''Ooh you are awful, but I like you'' :lol::lol::lol:
  • Stu69
    Stu69 Member Posts: 202
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    dreamdaisy wrote:

    Ones that annoy.

    All of Brucie's - I can't stand the man.

    I'm so sorry to not add anything much to this thread as yet but simply wanted to mention that I couldn't agree more!! He drives both myself and the good lady absolutely up the wall. We differ on my other pet peeve (person) though - Mr Richard *spit* Madeley. Does he have any catch phrases? I couldn't bear to watch to find out!! :lol::lol:
    No-one was injured in the making of this signature, however, quite a few electrons may have been inconvenienced.