My friend Olivia, who happens to be from Poland and named after Olivia Newton-John (her parents wanted to give her “nice American name”), is keen on inserting awkward catch phrases from the early 90’s into regular conversation. Here’s a recent example of her tactic:
Olivia gets a soda out of the fridge, shuts the door and a magnet falls off. She immediately responds by saying “Did I do thaaaat?” in the always-recognizable Steve Erkel voice.
Now, most people would get a nice chuckle out of this. But I for one, did not. You see, Olivia wasn’t even trying to be funny. It just came naturally to her – as if, what else would you say when a magnet falls of the fridge door? I think the explanation for this odd behavior is the fact that the majority of Olivia’s childhood was spent watching crappy TV sitcoms (as it was her only method to truly assimilate into American culture). But it’s kinda growing on me, and I find myself saying “TGIF, getting jiggy with it?” more often that I’d like to admit.
Now, I ask you, loyal readers – to tell me your all-time favorite catch phrase of the 1990’s:
- Did I do that? (Urkel voice)
- Cut it out (Uncle Joey)
- How rude!
- Show me the money
- We were on a break!
- Yada yada yada
- Getting jiggy with it?
- Smelly cat
- bud. wise. er.
- I'm the baby, gotta love me!
- Talk to the hand - cause my face ain't listening!
- Oh no you didn't!
- As if!
- She could be a farmer in those clothes.