Definitions

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  • n. A group of words, often originating in popular culture, that is spontaneously popularized after widespread repeated use
  • n. A signature phrase of a particular person or group.

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  • n. a phrase that has become a catchword

Etymologies

From catch + phrase. Of the notion that the phrase will catch in the mind of the user. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Elisabeth Mason: There's a news station in New York whose catchphrase is "Give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world."

    Greatest Person Of The Day: Elisabeth Mason, CEO and Co-Founder of Single Stop

  • Still, misappropriation of a catchphrase is misappropriation of a catchphrase, and three years later, I'm pleased to report that Hilton, who trademarked the phrase "That's hot!" in 2004 (yes, yes she did), has settled her half-million dollar lawsuit out of court, claiming that the company was "wilful, malicious and oppressive" and "invaded [her] right to privacy".

    Up front: Eva Wiseman

  • June 9th, 2009 LONDON - Homer Simpson's classical abuse 'd'oh' has been voted as a favourite catchphrase from a children's TV programme in a brand brand brand new poll.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • First, the fictional mammal released his autobiography; now "simples!", his catchphrase from the comparethemarket. com advert, has made it into the Collins English Dictionary.

    Simples! Aleksandr the Meerkat gives the dictionary his word

  • Robert Kaplan notes that the current military catchphrase is boots on the ground.

    Hulls in the Water « Isegoria

  • The nicest bad translation I read (if that isn't an oxymoron) was of a catchphrase from a UK TV gameshow, where the lugubrious host used to say to the losers, "Come and have a look at what you would have won."

    Lost in Translation

  • And as #3 stated, if you think that that catchphrase is funny, then you obviously know nothing about comedy and that explains why you would like this garbage in the first place.

    Check This Out: Badass Ping Pong Playa Poster « FirstShowing.net

  • The current catchphrase is boots on the ground; in the future it could be hulls in the water.

    America’s Elegant Decline

  • Update: Dan created these motivational postcards modelled on my favorite catchphrase from the geek sit-com The IT Crowd.

    Boing Boing: May 14, 2006 - May 20, 2006 Archives

  • I coined the catchphrase New Asia (before the Singapore Tourism Board took the phrase and ran a marketing campaign with it).

    TODAYonline

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  • six consecutive consonants (excluding y). There are only a few.

    December 28, 2010

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    August 20, 2008