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Feb 01 2011

Seven Great 80s Catch Phrases

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

I think about the 80s at some point during every single day of my life.  I don’t know what’s so special about it to me.  Perhaps it’s when I was a child and when you’re a child and have a good childhood all is usually pretty well in the world.

I mean all I did was play and go to school.   That and watch movies.  I mean how awesome is that?  So it’s no surprise that I like to go back to that time in nostalgia.

Today I’ll be focusing on some awesome catch phrases that might bring back some memories…..

I Pity the Fool

Oddly enough this originally came from the A-Team.  I thought it was just a cool Mr. T thing from Rocky III but it’s not.  Well clearly it became his staple.   And I’m quite certain it became many people’s staples in the 80s.  If someone had done you wrong it was never out of question to say “I Pity the Fool” in response to knowing you were going to kick his ass.

Whatchu Talkin’ Bout Willis?

The catchphrase penetrated pop culture in a way that few others have. It’s still the thing that has carried Gary Coleman’s career, and will forever be his legacy. They had plenty of guest stars come on/off the show and occasionally they would be graced with Arnold asking what they were talking about.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Of all the catch phrases of the 80s I feel like this one is the most used today.  Mainly because of rap.  Think about it.   Whenever you brandish pretty much anything of power or importance by surprise, you can use this phrase. It’s been so overdone in pop culture at this point that a lot of people don’t even know what it’s from.

I’ll Be Back

To this day I still can’t understand why this line became so popular.  It’s such a stupid and simple line.  Honestly I still don’t understand it but that doesn’t mean it can’t be on this list.   The only thing I like about it is the fact that this line has been parodied many many times and will probably be forever.

Hey You Guys!

I’m pretty certain that I’ll still say this Sloth line at least a few times a year and will probably be using it for the rest of my life.  When you think about it, that’s pretty powerful.  As I’ve been told it’s originally from Electric Company but let’s face it.  Sloth made it popular.

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get up

No matter how mean it is to make fun of a woman who is old and can’t get up, it’s still pretty damned funny.  And when you think about it, Life Alert really brought this upon themselves.   Hell of a marketing campaign though.

Where’s the Beef?

I never liked this line, and never will.  Still though, popular as hell.

Honorable mention to:  “Time to Make the Doughnuts, ” and “You Wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”





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8 responses so far

  • http://www.rankography.com/movies/ Tonto

    Thanks for this. Very funny stuff.

    Isn’t it also amazing how many great comedy movies came out of the 1980s. Here is a list of some of my favorites
    Caddyshack
    Ferris Bueller’s Day off
    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Airplane
    Blues Brothers
    Ghostbustes

    here is the full list:
    Best Comedies of the 80s

  • B.C. Cakes

    Sloth’s “Hey You Guys” line was Sloth quoting the old PBS show The Electric Company. THAT’S where “Hey You Guys” is originally from.

  • Anon

    “Yippie-Ki-Yay MotherFucker” ???

  • ummm…

    “Hey you guys!” was actually popularized in the 70′s on the PBS show “The Electric Company” as voiced by Rita Moreno.

    Here’s a clip of her with Bill Cosby with her famous line:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhhknPnK2JM

    It opened every show as well.

    Sloth was mimicking her.

  • Mason

    Mr. T’s “I Pity the Fool” quote came from Rocky III, not the A-Team. Come on, I know it’s the internet but at least some *cursory* research would go a long way.

  • Sam S.

    Wasn’t “I Pity the Fool” first used in Rocky III? Pretty sure it was, anyway.

  • classof88

    Hey You Guys was not from The Goonies. It was from the Electric Company which is from the seventies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vx0WFJzjTw

  • Karl

    I think the “Hey you guys!” catch phrase actually comes from a kids show called “Electric Company.” Try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhhknPnK2JM

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