Living a sitcom life #3 – catch phrases

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December 4, 2010 by jessperriam

“How you doin’?”

“Legen…wait for it… dary!”

“Suit up!”

“What?”

“Does everybody know what time it is?”

“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

I’m not sure how widely your television viewing habits are but I’m certain that apart from the “What?” you will have placed all those quotes in their rightful home.

This is the one living a sitcom life tip that you may be following through on without realising it.

Everyone has a phrase that they overuse. Whether they know what that is, is something else entirely.

The importance of a catch phrase is kind of difficult to explain, it’s what makes you who you are in a verbal sense. It’s a part of you that it habitual and comforting to those around you.

I’ll give you an example of how this verbal thumbprint works:

Bradbury says, “W00t,” at anything and everything remotely positive. She is not a geek, nor is she a nerd. But this is how you can tell she likes something.

When there’s a lull in conversation with El Presidente, there’ll be a “Rah,” that emanates from my mouth, followed by a “Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah,” on his behalf.

The Wade will always preface a request with with, “You know what you need to do?”

I think it’s the reliability of someone to react in a certain way is what makes a catch phrase catch on.

Let’s face it- laughs are big on this list. Any time Barney demands people “suit up!” (or many variations) you’ll laugh.

But then there are some other less explicable moments: Yabba dabba do, anyone?

If you’re struggling to come up with what your catch phrase is, then ask someone who knows you well what phrase you say ad nauseum. Be prepared to baulk at their response. It’s kind of like listening back to your own voice, uncomfortable and disarming.

Once that’s sorted, use it at choice moments.

If you still have no joy, you need to talk more, lest people bill you as ‘that mumbling guy/girl’.

Have a catch phrase, you’ll be more memorable that way.

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4 thoughts on “Living a sitcom life #3 – catch phrases

  1. Jacob Black says:

    What’s your catchphrase?

  2. Peter Perriam says:

    It’s character building Jess

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