Catch Phrases

United States
March 9, 2009 3:59pm CST
Sometimes they are used so often that they become cliche. I don't care, I think they're funny. I use them often when talking on the phone with my friends. I don't usually use them here on myLot but I have been tempted. If for no other reason than just for the sheer humor. It's a fairly innocuous way of poking fun at someone (or yourself) without it sounding insulting. A few of my favorite cliche classics: I think that guy is one fry short of a happy meal. She is definitely one card short of a full deck. I've been told my elevator doesn't go to the top floor. There are so many out there. Do you ever use little catch phrases like these? I'd love to hear your funny favorites?
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@cynthiann (18679)
• Jamaica
10 Mar 09
'A tree short of a forest'. A sandwich short of a picnic. As thick as a 2 X 4. I laughed like a drain; He came the old soldier (made s#xual advances; And then some classics handed down by my Irish side of the family: Tell that to the Marines, Ha ha she said as she waved her wooden leg; Glory be to Paddy and his horse and cart; Well, you can carry me home and bury me decent; Each to his own, said the old lady as she kissed the cow; Do I know the meanings of the Irish ones? No, but I do still use them.
@cynthiann (18679)
• Jamaica
10 Mar 09
Another one is that he/she ia 'away with the fairies'!
• United States
11 Mar 09
Ya gotta luv the Irish and their witty retorts. Thanks so much for those cynthiann, ya made me smile and think of shamrocks.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
10 Mar 09
I have heard the one aobut the elevator but I dont seem to use them. but SIL does all the time.! One he says alot is that efller rides the short bus.
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hi Lakota! That's funny! I haven't heard that one in a very long time.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
10 Mar 09
cool mad ya laugh!
• United States
10 Mar 09
My fave and the one i use most often is..."What do you want me to do?? Dress in drag and do the hula??" I love it and think its funny...even if i did steal it from a cartoon.
• United States
10 Mar 09
Oh wait it thought of another one of my faves...don't get you nickers in a twist.
• United States
10 Mar 09
Those are great pheonix! Around here there's a phrase very similar to your second one. "Don't get your panties in a bunch."
@Darkwing (21591)
10 Mar 09
Lol... this sounds like fun, my friend. I'll give you a couple of my favourites. I don't use them as often as some but I do use them occasionally. He's sixpence short of a shilling. Queer as a nine bob note. (Explanation... we used to have ten-bob notes) Give him an inch and he'll take a yard! If he had brains, he'd be dangerous! That's about all I can think of off the top of my head at the moment, my friend. There are many more, but my brain don't work too well at a quarter to two in the morning. lol. Brightest Blessings. xx
• United States
10 Mar 09
Thanks for joining in my friend! We have an American version of the second phrase but there's a story behind it. When I was in school the phrase was, "Queer as a 2 dollar bill". There actually was a 2 dollar bill but they were incredibly rare, in fact I had never seen one and doubted there existence. Until in our governments infinite wisdom, in 1976 they decided to re-print and distribute the 2 dollar bill! They didn't last long, but long enough for the catch phrase to be changed to "Queer as a 3 dollar bill". Around the same time the word "queer" started becoming the common term for homosexual. To say the least the once classic catch phrase was completely destroyed! I haven't heard anyone under the age of 80 use it in years! Your last one "If he had brains he'd be dangerous!" is still one of my favorites! In fact I've used it several times in the last week, given current events at home.
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@Darkwing (21591)
10 Mar 09
Great minds think alike, huh? Thank you for your explanation about the two and three dollar bills. We still use the phrase here, despite it having different connotations! lol. I guess it isn't said quite as often, but it is still used. I suppose habits are hard to break, my friend!
@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
9 Mar 09
How about..she/he has bats in her/his belfry or not playing with a full deck?
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hey pye, I've been accused of having bats in my belfry before.
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@pyewacket (43961)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Oh I definitely know I have bats in my belfry....heehee
• United States
7 Apr 09
I love one fry short of a happy meal.Classic, I i used I also like using the phrase like having a brain freeze or brain cramp., I use it when I can't remember what I was about to say or do.And when someone is in a rage, they are going postal,
• United States
9 Apr 09
I thought od another phrase I use, " Hitxh In his or her hop a long. It means you are limping but you are still playing or working. I usually use it when I am talking about my favorite players.
• United States
11 Mar 09
oh let's see.. few sandwiches short of a picnic.. pointless as a one legged man at an a** kicking contest noisy as a box of ferrets (refering to kids) dain bramaged
• United States
11 Mar 09
pointless as a one legged man at an a** kicking contest... ah yes, another of my old classic favorites! Thanks scarlet!
10 Mar 09
Hi Jo, That is funny and great, I normally say if one of my friend is told something and she dosen't listen or don't understand, I 'd say hey! you your lights are on but no ones is in or one sandwich short of a pinic basket or nutty as a fruit cake, and another one is mad as a March Hare. LOl! Love and hugs. Tamara xxxxx
• United States
11 Mar 09
Hi Tamara! Those are all fantastic and very funny, thanks!
@underdogtoo (9605)
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
I don't have the gift of coining phrases that makes mundane things sound interesting. There are some people who are talented enough in this regard. Cheers!!
• United States
10 Mar 09
I couldn't believe that there was someone who NEVER used a catch phrase! So I looked at some of your replies to other discussions. You do use them! I found you using "my neck of the woods" and "figment of your imagination", both are very common catch phrases! Gotcha!
@ElicBxn (59545)
• United States
9 Mar 09
not the brightest bulb in the chandlier
• United States
10 Mar 09
Thanks EB that's a good one!
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@drannhh (14760)
• United States
9 Mar 09
Dunno if I have any funny favorites, but yes, I like those sayings, even the corny ones. A friend delights in using some that are politically incorrect and he is so funny that I try not to laugh but always do anyway. The one I use most often is probably "that one appears to be operating without a full deck."
• United States
10 Mar 09
Thanks Ann! I have one of those friends who uses non-pc phrases occasionally too. They always catch me off-guard and I find myself laughing even if I don't agree with their use. I wonder if there's a name for it? There's "nervous laughter" so maybe there's a "shocked laughter" as well.
• United States
20 Mar 09
One brick shy a load is one that I have used besides the ones you have written about. I have used "Way cool" When something is not cool