The 50 Best Catch Phrases of the Decade

By 12.17.09

[inline:fe]It’s been 10 years since the over-hyped anti-climax of Y2K. Over the course of the past decade, Hollywood and other entertainment producers have bestowed a delightfully heaping platter of movies and TV shows upon the popular culture. However, only a select few can lay claim to an addictive catch phrase or razor-sharp one-liner that’s actually worth reciting — repeatedly — to your happy-hour buddies over a couple of beers.

In the event you just woke up from a 10-year coma, here are the top 50 catch phrases, quotes, and one liners that have hurled themselves into our national conversation during the 2000s. There’s a pretty good chance you have most of these memorized by heart. Although some are more memorable than others, all have made a blip on the pop culture zeitgeist between 2000 and 2009. When compiling this list, cliche Internet memes such as “fail” and “FML” were ignored, as were sappy chick flick quotes, wrestling slogans, and obnoxious shticks (read: “Get ‘er Done”). Some are iconic and many are humorous, with lots of NSFW F-bombs embedded into the accompanying videos, so it might be wise to stick the ear buds in if you’re at the office or library. One last thing: even in this age of wall-to-wall YouTube, there are a few worthy nominees that didn’t make the list simply because we couldn’t find the appropriate clip to embed. Feel to add your own favorites in the comments, but just remember that this story is presented over 5 pages, so hold your complaints until you see the complete list.

50. “Shake and bake…”

Origin: “Talladega Nights”; 2006

Who Said It: Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly)

Notes: When you got a message for someone talking trash, telling them to “shake and bake” may blow their mind.

49. “But why is the rum gone?”

Origin: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”; 2003

Who Said It: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)

Notes: If you’ve ever run out of liquor on a family vacation, you’ve probably dropped this line. Alternate “Pirates” quote, used in many a spring break: “Welcome to the Caribbean, love.”


48. “Earmuffs!”

Origin: “Old School”; 2003

Who Said It: Bernard ‘Beanie’ Campbell (Vince Vaughn)

Notes: Quote starts at the 57 second mark. By using “earmuffs,” you can say whatever you want.

47. “Victory!”

Origin: “Entourage”; 2004

Who Said It: Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon)

Notes: Only in the meta-fantasyland of “Entourage” would a catch phrase from a ficitious cult teleivison series called “Viking Quest” carry so much clout. Must be said with fists extended in the air.

46. “Yeah! Crabcakes and football. That’s what Maryland does!”

Origin: “Wedding Crashers”; 2005

Who Said It: Flip (Carson Elrod)

Notes: Arguably the most bro tourism slogan the state of Maryland has ever had.

45. “Truthiness.”

Origin: “The Colbert Report”; 2005

Who Said It: Stephen Colbert

Notes: Roughly defined as “something someone knows from the gut,” Stephan Colbert’s ingenious bastardization of the English language debuted during the “Colbert Report” ‘s very first episode. The word was immortalized by the “elitist” linguistic arbiters at Merriam Webster as the “Word of the Year for 2006.” He’s been “feeling the news at you” ever since.

44. “Imma let you finish…”

Origin: MTV’s Video Music Awards; 2009

Who Said It: Kanye West

Notes: If you’re an attention hoe who feels the need to butt in at inappropriate moments and have your say, shout out a slurred “Imma let you finish” a la Kanye. Also, sorry this video is a little weird. We’re looking for a better one.

43. “I’m a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude.

Origin: “Tropic of Thunder”; 2008

Who Said It: Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.)

Notes: Robert Downey Jr.’s shining moment.

42. “Five inches but it’s thick.”

Origin: “30 Rock”, Season 1; 2006

Who Said It: Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin)

Notes: Eloquent, successful, and smooth with the ladies, Jack Donaghy is arguably the ultimate bro of prime time television in this decade.

41. “Child, please.”

Origin: “Hard Knocks”

Who Said It: Chad Ocho Cinco

Notes: When someone is disrespecting you by saying something you already know, throw out a “Child, please” and walk away. Just ask the NFL’s most quotable wide receiver. Another Esteban gem: “Kiss da baby.”

Click here to see #40 through #31 of the 50 Best Catch Phrases of the Decade…


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