There are a few phrases that practically every English person knows (and possibly loves) that tend to stick in your mind. I have a few and they've nearly all come from adverts, or at least off the telly. Here's a few I use all the time.
|I think we actually had this television.|
When something’s going brilliantly or you find something you’re looking for in the first place you look thats, well, handy. I use this phrase all the time, mostly without even thinking about it. The first couple of hundred times, the mister would look at me like I was mad, but it’s apparently made an impression because I’ve once or twice heard him mutter it too. [Sometimes I even add the "stick it in the oven"]
Ahh…. The immortal words of Del Boy. I’m sure there’s nobody who hasn’t uttered this once in a while. Luvley Jubbly just about sums up any brilliant moment. In my case, this one usually refers to food. I’m not sure if there is an American equivalent of this phrase – perhaps “Awesome” but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
Oh and obviously, you have to rub your hands together while saying it.
OooEee Mr. Shifter
I am ashamed to say that I have actually used this phrase a few times. Funnily enough, it's generally when we're trying to get a particularly large item of furniture up the stairs. [Sounds like we do that all the time, doesn't it? ... we don't] I always tend to end up on the back end and panic when I think I'm going to be squished.
Can ya Ride Tandem?
These monkeys apparently made a great impression on my during my youth. I have no idea why I say this, except maybe it's just funny, oh and the mister rides a bike. Not a tandem, mind you, a bloomin' great Harley Davidson, so it just tickles me just a bit.
I know these two adverts aren't politically correct nowadays, what with all the animal rights activists and PETA, but you've got to admit that in their time they were brilliant.
Does anyone else have a long forgotten phrase they use frequently? If so, remind us....