Anonymous:
I need to write a student's essay on the subject of modern catch phrases from TV programs, political speeches, i.e. phrases which have come into use recently. There are old catch phrases like "time is money"(Franklin) or "knowledge itself is power" (Bacon). But I'd like to ask if you know the following (modern) catch phrases (which ones?) and if they are frequently used by English speakers:
"Nip it!" (Barney Fife, "The Andy Griffith Show")
"Yeah, that's the ticket" (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, "Saturday Night Live")
"God'll get you for that" (Maude, "Maude")
"I love it when a plan comes together" (Hannibal, "The A-Team")
"This is the city ..." (Sgt. Joe Friday, "Dragnet")
"Time to make the donuts" ("Dunkin' Donuts" ad)
"Resistance is futile" (Picard as Borg, "Star Trek: The Next Generation")
"Mom always liked you best" (Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour")
"Here it is, your moment of Zen" ("The Daily Show")
"Just one more thing ..." (Columbo, "Columbo")
"The truth is out there" (Fox Mulder, "The X-Files")
"Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, "The Jack Benny Program")
"The tribe has spoken" (Jeff Probst, "Survivor")
"Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal")
"I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes")
"Good night, John Boy" ("The Waltons")
"Let's be careful out there" (Sgt. Esterhaus, "Hill Street Blues")
"Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle)
"Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon ad)
"Tell me what you don't like about yourself" (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, "Nip/Tuck")
"Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter")
"Makin' whoopie" (Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game")
"Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" (Trix cereal ad)
"Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son")
"Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics)
"What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, "The Flip Wilson Show")
"Never assume ..." (Felix Unger, "The Odd Couple")
"You rang?" (Lurch, "The Addams Family")
"Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire")
"Two thumbs up" (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert")
"Good night, and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now")
"Sock it to me" ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In")
"Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, "Saturday Night Live")
"Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, "In Living Color")
"No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, "Seinfeld")
"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" (Jim McKay, "ABC's Wide World of Sports")
"Smile, you're on 'Candid Camera' " ("Candid Camera")
"Whassup?" (Budweiser ad)
"Live long and prosper" (Spock, "Star Trek")
"And that's the way it is" (Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News")
"Where's the beef?" (Wendy's ad)
"Ask not what your country can do for you ..." (John F. Kennedy)
"One small step for man ..." (Neil Armstrong)
"Here's Johnny!" (Ed McMahon, "The Tonight Show")
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Anonymous:
Thank you. But do English speakers use the catch phrases above just in everyday life?
"Nip it!" (Barney Fife, "The Andy Griffith Show") Never.
"Yeah, that's the ticket" (Jon Lovitz as the pathological liar, "Saturday Night Live") I've heard it, but rarely.
"God'll get you for that" (Maude, "Maude") I've heard it, but rarely.
"I love it when a plan comes together" (Hannibal, "The A-Team") Yes. Rarely.
"This is the city ..." (Sgt. Joe Friday, "Dragnet") No.
"Time to make the donuts" ("Dunkin' Donuts" ad) Never.
"Resistance is futile" (Picard as Borg, "Star Trek: The Next Generation") I've heard it, but rarely.
"Mom always liked you best" (Tommy Smothers, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour") No.
"Here it is, your moment of Zen" ("The Daily Show") Never.
"Just one more thing ..." (Columbo, "Columbo") Never.
"The truth is out there" (Fox Mulder, "The X-Files") Never.
"Now cut that out!" (Jack Benny, "The Jack Benny Program") "Cut that out!", yes, but not the way Benny used to say it.
"The tribe has spoken" (Jeff Probst, "Survivor") No.
"Denny Crane" (Denny Crane, "Boston Legal") Never.
"I know nothing!" (Sgt. Schultz, "Hogan's Heroes") I've heard it, but rarely.
"Good night, John Boy" ("The Waltons") Never.
"Let's be careful out there" (Sgt. Esterhaus, "Hill Street Blues") Never.
"Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" (Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle) Never.
"Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" (Grey Poupon ad) Never.
"Tell me what you don't like about yourself" (Dr. McNamara and Dr. Troy, "Nip/Tuck") Never.
"Up your nose with a rubber hose" (Vinnie Barbarino, "Welcome Back, Kotter") I might have heard it years ago, but never within the last 20 years.
"Makin' whoopie" (Bob Eubanks, "The Newlywed Game") Never.
"Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids" (Trix cereal ad) No.
"Elizabeth, I'm coming!" (Fred Sanford, "Sanford and Son") Never.
"Do you believe in miracles?" (Al Michaels, 1980 Winter Olympics) Never.
"What you see is what you get!" (Geraldine, "The Flip Wilson Show") Yes, occasionally.
"Never assume ..." (Felix Unger, "The Odd Couple") Never.
"You rang?" (Lurch, "The Addams Family") Yes, occasionally.
"Is that your final answer?" (Regis Philbin, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") Rarely.
"Two thumbs up" (Siskel & Ebert, "Siskel & Ebert") No.
"Good night, and good luck" (Edward R. Murrow, "See It Now") No.
"Sock it to me" ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In") Years ago. Now very out of date.
"Well, isn't that special?" (Dana Carvey as the Church Lady, "Saturday Night Live") Rarely.
"Homey don't play that!" (Homey the Clown, "In Living Color") Never.
"No soup for you!" (The Soup Nazi, "Seinfeld") Never.
"The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" (Jim McKay, "ABC's Wide World of Sports") No.
"Smile, you're on 'Candid Camera' " ("Candid Camera") No.
"Whassup?" (Budweiser ad) No.
"Live long and prosper" (Spock, "Star Trek") No.
"And that's the way it is" (Walter Cronkite, "CBS Evening News") No.

"Where's the beef?" (Wendy's ad) Rarely. Out of date.
"Ask not what your country can do for you ..." (John F. Kennedy) No.
"One small step for man ..." (Neil Armstrong) Never.
"Here's Johnny!" (Ed McMahon, "The Tonight Show") No.

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Anonymous:
Thank you very much!
Now I see that these phrases are not useful for essay. Please, can you write any catchphrases from shows or political speeches, which American people really use?
They change from week to week and month to month -- very limited shelf life -- so it's hard to say what people are using today, especially since I don't watch a lot of commercial TV.

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Anonymous:
I think it may be an age thing. I was very interested to see someone else answer "NO" to almost all your listed items. I would have listed yes to almost all of them, but I am over 50. From Dragnet, though, my husband and I are always going "just the facts, Ma'am" which is a different quote, but we use it all the time. LOL Some of them I used more when the shows were hits and don't use much now. But, I really think with that list, being older will get you a more positive response.
Anonymous I would have listed yes to almost all of them
The question was whether these are frequently used by English speakers (today), not whether we can recognize them. Do you really think that those phrases are "frequently used" these days? Just curious. Emotion: smile

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Methinks the lady doth protest too much! (Hamlet act 3, scene 2)
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