[PW] ? Help Sought on Modern TV Catchphrases (Quotation Query #753)

Burton, Donna burtond at union.edu
Mon Oct 17 13:01:46 PDT 2016


Thanks for clarification, John. I must confess to not be a Dr. Who watcher
so that connection escaped me.


Donna Burton
Reference Librarian
Schaffer Library
burtond at union.edu
Union College
Schenectady, NY 12308

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 3:33 PM, John Henderson <jhenderson at ithaca.edu>
wrote:

> "Resistance is futile" may be a catchphrase from Star Trek: the Next
> Generation, but dates back earlier to Dr. Who. Hitchhikers Guide to the
> Galaxy used the line "Resistance is useless." "Resistance is useless"
> showed up in an otherwise forgettable film, Port of Missing Girls (1938) at
> minute 56, but I suspect villains have been using variations on the phrase
> for a lot longer than that.
>
>
> John Henderson
>
> Ithaca College Library
>
>
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> Subject: Re: [PW] ? Help Sought on Modern TV Catchphrases (Quotation Query
> #753)
>
> I personally like "Resistence is futile." The Borg motto from Star Trek:
> The Next Generation.
>
> Donna Burton
> Reference Librarian
> Schaffer Library
> burtond at union.edu
> Union College
> Schenectady, NY 12308
>
> On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 7:25 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
> >
> > One of my difficult challenges in working on the second edition of the
> > Yale Book of Quotations is to determine the most famous TV catchphrases
> of
> > recent decades (difficult because I haven't watched many of even the most
> > popular shows).  If any of you have watched enough modern TV to be able
> to
> > help, I would welcome any feedback as to which of the following are "top
> > 100 TV catchphrases of all time" material.  Any input on relative
> > fame/cultural importance ranking among these catchphrases would also be
> > very valuable.  And, of course, suggestions of other very famous
> > catchphrases from recent shows would be great.
> >
> >
> > Burn!
> >
> > That 70s Show
> >
> >
> > Pikachu, I choose you!
> >
> > Pokemon
> >
> >
> > Hooraay, I'm useful!
> >
> > Futurama
> >
> >
> > Prettyyyyy, prettyyyy, prettyyyy, pretty good.
> >
> > Curb Your Enthusiasm
> >
> >
> > Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
> >
> > The Wire
> >
> >
> > Hey Brother.
> >
> > Arrested Development
> >
> >
> > Let's hug it out, bitch.
> >
> > Entourage
> >
> >
> > Suit up!
> >
> > How I Met Your Mother
> >
> >
> > Bazinga
> >
> > Big Bang Theory
> >
> >
> > Blerg!
> >
> > 30 Rock
> >
> >
> > That's what she said.
> >
> > The Office
> >
> >
> > Some of these I have never heard of even though I have watched the shows
> > to some extent (That 70s Show, Futurama, Curb Your Enthusiasm).
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> >
> >
> >
> >
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