As I have mentioned before, I really enjoy the TV show, How I Met Your Mother. (Although, I just searched my site for mentions and realize that I mistakenly left it off my list of TV shows I love!) For me, it’s a show that makes me feel like I’m watching a bunch of my friends. Like Ed, another one of my favorite (though no longer on air) shows, HIMYM has characters that seem real to me. Not that I think they are real (I may love TV, but I haven’t truly lost my grip on reality!), but if they were real people, they would be the kind of people I’d want as my friends.
So it should come as no surprise to me that some of the phrases used on HIMYM have started to creep into my own vocabulary. After all, when Ed was on the air, my husband and I started pronouncing lettuce “leh-TOOS,” thanks to a running gag on that show. And even today, we’ll say it, primarily during otherwise boring grocery store trips.
It turns out that I’m not the only person to adopt television phrases, specifically ones from HIMYM, as my own. This article lists the phrases the show has introduced to us, including “Legendary,” “slap bet,” and “Suit up!”
Are there phrases you use that originated with a TV show or movie? I’m sure there are tons – share your favorites!