12 Catchphrases So Common You Almost Forget They Originated On TV

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I understood that reference Captain America


TV is amazing, and if you watch enough of it, things start to seep into your brain and never leave, until you're just a walking, talking encyclopedia of references. What's even better is when those references become so common and used by so many people in everyday speech that you hardly recognize them as references anymore. It's just the way people talk.

The true sign of a classic TV series is one that provides you with a catchphrase so wonderfully suited to life's situations that you almost forget it originated on a TV show in the first place. This post is a tribute to those shows and their fabulous quotes.

1. Treat Yo Self, Parks and Rec



This is now my mantra. I want to order a second serving of fries at McDonald's? Treat yo self. I feel like curling up in a snuggie and falling asleep to the sounds of QVC on a Saturday afternoon? Treat yo self. I want to binge-watch Parks and Rec all day? Treat yo self.

2. I Want To Go To There, 30 Rock


I doubt a day goes by when I don't at least think this about something. And what's great about it is that it doesn't have to be used to refer to a physical place. Sometimes I say it in reference to someone else's food at a restaurant or a photo of Ryan Gosling.

3. How You Doin'?, Friends


Be honest. Have you ever joke-flirted with someone and not used this phrase in Joey's tone of voice? I didn't think so.

4. Legen… Wait For It… Dary, How I Met Your Mother


Just the “wait for it” part has taken on a life of its own, and people put it in the middle of any word or situation imaginable. If I'm being honest, it annoys me to no end. If I'm not being honest, it's awesome and everyone should say it all the time.

5. Hug It Out, Entourage



I never even watched Entourage, and use this phrase all the time. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was using it for at least a year before I finally realized what it was from. That's a sign of a really far-reaching and accessible catchphrase.

6. Make It Work, Project Runway


This is the ultimate motivational thing to say to someone, and it can be used in any situation, not just if you happen to be on a reality show competing with other fashion designers.

7. Yada, Yada, Yada, Seinfeld



It's just the perfect phrase to use when you don't want to go into certain details of a story. A verbal ellipsis, if you will.

8. How Rude, Full House



There really is no better way to tell someone they're being a douche… without, you know, actually calling them a douche.

9. D'oh, The Simpsons



I stubbed my toe on the foot of a table? D'oh! I said something really embarrassing on a date? D'oh! I want to tell you that you what you did was dumb? D'oh! The thing you use to make chocolate chip cookies? Dough. That one's different.

10. Did I Do That?, Family Matters



It takes me at least a full minute to even remember the title Family Matters (because I just think of it as the show with Urkel), so to remember this phrase and the way it's said came from a show at all isn't always easy. But I still use it all the time.

11. Is That Your Final Answer?, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?


Also known as the most stressful phrase in the history of television, it can be used to clarify your friend's order when you go to pick up takeout, make sure that someone is being serious when they say they want to go out with you, or just generally freak an indecisive person out.

12. You Are The Weakest Link, The Weakest Link


Anyone else remember when this was a show? I don't think I ever watched it, and yet I still sometimes adopt a British accent and say it to my friends when they lose at board games.