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I kill meORIGIN:
Alf is a fictional puppet Alien from the planet Melmack who likes eating cats. A human family adopted him and takes care of him... with hilarious consequences.
This phrase continues to wedge itself into pop culture here and there, whenever an egotistical person/character makes themselves laugh.
But where it all started was Alf.
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And the word of the day is...ORIGIN:
In the kids' show Pee Wee's Playhouse, a robot named Conker would always dispense a piece of paper with the secret word of the day. Pee Wee would show it to the audience and his puppet friends. Every time this word was said throughout this episode everyone in the show would scream and a bell would be rung. It was a celebration of the word and would often happen with inopportune words (see clip to the left).
The secret word of the day, as a concept, was one of the few catchphrases that Pee Wee's playhouse actually had. It is still one of the most well-known parts of the show, quoted by people who have never even watched the show. If someone instates a secret word of the day, then that word must be acknowledged in some way shape or form. It's used as a teaching technique in elementary schools sometimes, even, to expand children's lexicons (and miiinds!). It all started with Pee Wee.
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... And knowing is half the battle!ORIGIN:
The original G.I. Joe cartoons would often include public service announcements at the end featuring some of the G.I.Joe crew teaching children important life lessons like first aid, how to swim and what to do if your friend is in danger.
After the Joes were done teaching their unsolicited lesson to the unsuspecting, ignorant/naive children, the children would always say "and now we know!" The Joes, then, would very cockily say to the camera "and knowing is half the battle". This phrase was always followed by the theme song of the show.
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Punky Brewster, the tween scamp that won the hearts of America.
Whenever surprised, shocked, or in disbelief Soleil Moon Frye would yell this Punky Brewster catch phrase, which turned into a great way for other little kids around the country to kind of swear without actually swearing.
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Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats... Hooo!ORIGIN:
The Saturday morning TV show Thundercats featured a triumphant call to action/power as a very phallic and powerful sword would double in size and grant the holder (LionO, the main character of the show) with greater abilities. Every time he needed to fight, he would call upon the power of the sword at its full potential by screaming "Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats... Hooo!"
It was the primary catchphrase of this show and it became a catchphrase in skits and a few lampooning cartoons when references to 80s cartoon shows became popular.
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