- 7+ 46- 27
Pardon me, do you have any grey poupon?
An 80s advertisement for mustard, as seen in the video to the left. Two Rolls Royces pull up next to each other, one passenger asks the other if they have any Grey Poupon, and the other says "but of course".
A slogan that was used for Grey Poupon for MANY years to follow, it also penetrated pop culture by becoming a staple joke of the upper class.
- 8+ 38- 28
Gag me with a spoon!
From Moon Unit Zappa's Valley Girl
Basically, something is gross. This was used regularly in the 80s, and still occasionally, when someone finds something disgusting. It's often said (in comedy) when someone does something overly mushy or when something romantically undesirable is proposed.
- 9+ 46- 37
By the power of greyskull!
The He-Man series, Masters of the Universe, features the main character (He-Man) declaring the phrase during the credits. It is one of the most memorable lines from any 80s cartoon show.
In the show, it's as a declaration of power. It's since been used in many comedy movies and spoofs as an exclamation or as a nerdy showing of a newly found power.
- 10+ 42- 34
I want my mtv
An original slogan for MTV to convince audiences to demand their cable companies to pick up the channel. The edgy music video channel launched a new era of music videos, VJ's, and "live" music news (and remember when MTV actually played music?).
It was a call to musical action for an entire generation. The same way the campaign in the video to the left said it, people would say it in sitcoms, in real life, and in various places in pop culture to give young people a voice through their TV channel.
That concept is now moot.
- 11+ 32- 30
Pump *clap* you up!
Hans and Franz - two Austrian weight-lifting gurus lampooning Arnold Schwarzenegger's drive to make people fitter in America. At the time, Arnold was known primarily as the Terminator and for being really, ridiculously buff. As part of the Saturday Night Live sketch, Hans and Franz would say the catchphrase as part of their workout videos (the primary purpose of the sketches, as they always addressed the audience).
It was the catchphrase of the sketch, but was later used by Arnold himself in a few foundations he started for fitness, and more recently used while he was campaigning for governorship of California in reference to the budget crisis.
- 12+ 37- 36
... you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
The TV series, The Incredible Hulk, featuring David Banner (the Hulk's alter ego in the show) telling people they wouldn't like him when he's angry. It was always a great moment between the character and the audience -- a tension and a joke that was not apparent to the characters other than Banner, but crystal clear to the audience.
It's a threat used by dominate people asserting their power over others.
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