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Catchphrases

Postby Robin S » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:11 pm UTC

I wasn't quite sure where this belonged, so I settled for General.

Basically, I've noticed for a while that even though some people's catchphrases (often lecturers') are far more noticeable than others', everyone seems to have certain words or phrases that they use more often than others, such that if you know a person well enough you can recognize them from something they've said or written. In fact, there's probably a huge amount of information about a person that could be deduced from a sufficiently large sample of their spoken (or, more easily) written language.

Now, I am the sort of person who likes to keep records of things, and therefore keep a diary as well as logs of my instant messenger conversations. What software could I use to find out interesting things about my own peculiar use of the English language, and that of my friends?

This thread is also for general discussion of the catchphrase phenomenon, written and spoken "style", and frequency analysis.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:44 pm UTC

Hm, well, personally...

I've grown to love the word "patently". Fun to say "my opponent's assertion is patently false" in debate. Patently ridiculous is even better.

I frequently use the "True story" meme. (Dunno how much it counts as a meme, I don't see it very often.) Someone will note that something has a characteristic, I'll say something outrageously exaggerated, then say "True story."

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Antimatter Spork » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:01 pm UTC

I once had a music teacher who liked to say things like "playing loud is just like playing soft, except loud". (Substitute any two other things that are generally considered opposites for "soft" and "loud")
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby DYRE » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:06 pm UTC

I tend to say (entirely too often), "And by [something I just said], I mean [something else]."
Also, I frequently say, "I might [do something]. Unless I don't. Then I won't. But I might. Maybe," or variations of that.

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Bassoon » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

I've caught onto "stuff" recently. I'll just throw it in places in idle conversation where it needn't be. A while ago, I was using random.

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby ThorFluff » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:55 pm UTC

"the thing is..."
It annoys the hell out of me that i overuse it so.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby AngrySquirrel » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:14 pm UTC

I blame my boytoy for making me say "basically..." every time I explain something. Even when I'm not talking English :(
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Sour Apple » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:16 pm UTC

I say "essentially" and "probably" too much when I'm trying to get out of saying yes or no.

My English teacher says "Yes/no?" randomly in class when she thinks no one is paying attention, which always makes me think of those text adventures wanting you to confirm input. "Y/N"
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Azrael001 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

I have a bunch, though I usually can't remember them until after I've said it. My current one is "the solution is nukes."

Some of mine have rubbed off on one of my friends, and some of his have rubbed of on me.

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I have just remembered another. When ever I leave but plan on returning, I announce "I will return!" followed by "I have returned!" when I finally do come back. If I remember more I will put them here.

Edit: Another that I just remembered that I have stopped using as much because one of my friends has ruined it for me is "Time to die... For you."
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Quadropus » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:50 pm UTC

I've recently found myself saying "'ll be back!" whenever I go anywhere. Even if it is just to the next room. I also announce my return with "I have returned!".
Most people don't seem to really care.

I also find myself saying Touché a lot.


Another thing I do is when I find a word I like, I'll use it profusely. (<-- word of the while).
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Dr. Canadian Ninja » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:58 pm UTC

I am going to cater to a stereotype here and say that my catchphrase is 'eh?'
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby tryptanymph » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:18 pm UTC

"Technically..."

"Oo-er!"

"That was as {{adjective}} as {{Fictional/Historical Character}} on a {{expletive}} {{noun}}!"

"Not... funny."

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Postby SecondTalon » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:22 pm UTC

...

I have no idea what you're talking about.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby SneakyMongo » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

One hooker with a heart of gold later ....(take from machall)
I use it in movies, or TV shows when the characters magically appear in a completely different place instantly, or in real life when the path isn't obviously clear (One hooker with a heart of hold later.... the solution is, obviously, 4).

The only other one is skittely tacs (as in skittles + tacs), which everyone around me mentions in reference to an imfamous project I presented in 10th-grade Science.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Kithplana » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

"Oh, they only [did something stupid, annoying, or similar]... but I'm not bitter :D"

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby parthenos » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:32 pm UTC

my catchphrase might be "what?" it seems to take up quite a percentage, maybe 15%, or my conversations sometimes.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Master Gunner » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:37 am UTC

(After finishing a random long-winded speech/rant that I like to break into in the middle of class)"...and I have absolutely no idea what I just said."
Basically whenever I have occasion to go on any lengthy explanation or rant, which I often do, I'll immediately afterwards state that I have have no idea, or indeed, ever have an idea of what I was saying. Particularly humourous when people manage to ask me to repeat something I said in it or to explain further before I have a chance to catch my breath and deny any and all knowledge of what just came out of my mouth (or any other orifice the occasion may call for).

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby ThorFluff » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:42 am UTC

"Forbattlewise"
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Upsilon » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:43 am UTC

I answer all "Why" questions with "Why not?".
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Azrael001 » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:16 am UTC

"Indeed".
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby athelas » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:22 am UTC

"Ah, yes. Just so." (usually sarcastically) and "because, you know, that's how it works."

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby DaMullet » Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:26 am UTC

Any time someone initiates a conversation with me, especially if it can't be interpreted to make sense, and especially in the morning, I'll say, "That's what YOU think."

Similarly, I'll say "It happens." any time at all.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Kartoffelkopf » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:33 am UTC

English: I think the closest thing is "It is not a fetish." I have to say this to my boyfriend a lot regarding my love of dragons.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby ishikiri » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:02 pm UTC

My present ones are (and this will get added to when I remember the others):

Wanna make with the nasty?
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Jesse » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:14 pm UTC

I steal my catchphrases from other people

Rachel:
"Oh man"
"Sweet deal"

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby ludw » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:51 pm UTC

On analysing conversations:

Perhaps you could use some kind of word frequency analysis from which you then subtract an average word frequency to obtain the catchphrases? Don't know if it would work, but it sure sounds like it would. Wouldn't be to hard writing such a tool either..

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby SneakyMongo » Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:55 pm UTC

ludw wrote:On analysing conversations:

Perhaps you could use some kind of word frequency analysis from which you then subtract an average word frequency to obtain the catchphrases? Don't know if it would work, but it sure sounds like it would. Wouldn't be to hard writing such a tool either..

How would you get the accuracy high enough to do it in a timely fashion?
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby eijkaibjck » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:43 pm UTC

1.- I tend to end too many sentences with "or the other way around", even when that makes little or no sense.

2.- I use the adjective "personal" very randomly, like "let's go get your personal car" or did you enjoy it personally, etc.

3.- I don't know if this fits, but I tend to stop and remain silent whenever an aproximate calculation is made, in order to calculate it exactly in my head. I usually no longer announce the result, I've learned that is annoying.
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Postby Savoy_Truffle » Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:42 pm UTC

A music theory professor at my school uses the phrase

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Postby Antimatter Spork » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:29 pm UTC

Savoy_Truffle wrote:A music theory professor at my school uses the phrase

"fertilizer for garbanzo beans" -- a fate that awaits us all.

*more to come, he's the most quotable lecturer*

Music theory professors are fun for that sort of thing. I have one who likes to refer to the "missing" time at the end of an anacrusic piece as the "bannanacrusis".
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby The Spherical Cow » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:40 pm UTC

Whenever someone says "sorry" to me for a trivial thing (e.g. stepping on my foot) I, almost without fail, reply "You will be."

It's a disease. I can't help it.

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Bingo Little » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:02 pm UTC

I have a few, I guess:

I tend to use 'seriously, guys, what the fuck?' a lot, when my friends confuse me.

I too use 'why not' as an answer to why questions for why I've just walked down the road dressed as a pirate or spent half an hour turning my friends into the incredible hulk on photoshop. Alternately, I answer these questions with 'because of the duck'.

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Postby Azrael001 » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:09 pm UTC

The Spherical Cow wrote:Whenever someone says "sorry" to me for a trivial thing (e.g. stepping on my foot) I, almost without fail, reply "You will be."

It's a disease. I can't help it.


I always say "You'd better be."
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Quadropus » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:50 pm UTC

Oh yes, I also find myself answering "Why do you ____" with "Why don't you?"
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Postby Sour Apple » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:03 pm UTC

On the same lines, whenever someone says "thank you" to me, I always say "No, thank YOU."

I often say ""What the hell?" with a certain face. Apparently it's unique.
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Postby apricity » Sun Mar 23, 2008 11:03 pm UTC

I say "absolutely" too often. As in, "It was absolutely incredible." I went to Venice on Saturday, and when I got back and was telling my roommate about it, I must have used that phrase 20 times. I also say "That's ridiculous!" a lot, probably since people seem to like complaining to me.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby michaelandjimi » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:17 am UTC

I use "indeed" a lot too. Damn, Stargate.

To OP: you save instant messenger logs? People who do that make me uneasy. I say many things in there that I do not mean / assume the person will forget / are private. Mainly because I spend giant sessions on MSN and lose my grip on reality.

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Re: Catchphrases

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:13 pm UTC

Sour Apple wrote:I often say ""What the hell?" with a certain face. Apparently it's unique.


For some reason my brain understood this as

I often say "What the [i]hell?" with the expression of the person in my sig.[/i]
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby cypherspace » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

lanicita wrote:I say "absolutely" too often. As in, "It was absolutely incredible." I went to Venice on Saturday, and when I got back and was telling my roommate about it, I must have used that phrase 20 times. I also say "That's ridiculous!" a lot, probably since people seem to like complaining to me.

I do that all the time. Although I often change it to "abso-fuckin'-lutely". And "It was fuckin' amaaaaaaazin' ".
I often say ""What the hell?" with a certain face. Apparently it's unique.

My particular faces are better known among my friends than my phrases. My raised-eyebrow-look-of-disdain is probably the most famous, followed by you're-doing-it-wrong-and-you-know-you-are and are-you-fucking-serious.
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Re: Catchphrases

Postby Vanguard » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:28 pm UTC

I use meme's in normal life conversation. Like, "Learn to [something]" and "True story"

Also, I say "Negative/Positive" instead of "No/Yes". I have NO idea why.
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