movie quotes The Greatest 80s Catch Phrases  

Alan Lewis
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List of the greatest, most memorable, and most popular catch phrases from 80s. Sayings and catch phrases are a fixture in pop culture, and the generation that came of age during the 1980s should get a rush of nostalgia from revisiting these "pre-Internet memes" and jokes from 30 years ago or more.

A number of these catch phrases have remained popular, or have undergone a renaissance in recent years. Mr. T's memorable quote, "I pity the fool" has remained his most recognizable routine, and figured in to the recent big screen adaptation of the show "The A-Team." Al Pacino's delivery of the key line from Brian De Palma's "Scarface" remains a frequently parodied and iconic movie moment. This just goes to show that 80s quotes are more easily remembered if they are regularly repeated and resurfaced... so, by all means, feel free!

Though catch phrases are often depicted as hacky or mocked as a low-brow form of comedy, no matter how witty they are, it's undeniable that they have the power to connect millions of people around a humorous phrase or observation. What are the best catch phrases from the 80s? Tell us: what's your favorite 80s saying? Below are 20 of our favorite examples. Vote for your favorite catch phrases from the 80s and leave other funny suggestions in the comments!
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Pump *clap* you up!


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ORIGIN:
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).

USE:
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.
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Clap On!


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ORIGIN:
The clapping lightswitch, The Clapper! The commercial for the prodcut was super catchy.

USE:
The phrase has taken a more sinister meaning. It now means when someone performs a drive by or runs up and shoots a rival. Clap Off! indeed.

It's also been used largely as a joke for various electronics being turned on by a clapper. The joke continues to this day and the very "clap" itself is the catchphrase of this very, VERY 80s device.
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I kill me


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ORIGIN:
Alf's catchphrase.

Alf is a cat-eating alien from the Melmack, a faraway planet. A human family adopts 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 makes themselves laugh.
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... and knowing is half the battle!


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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 a friend is in danger.

USE:
After the Joes were done teaching their unsolicited lesson to the unsuspecting, 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.

G.I. Joooooooooooooe