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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by KILO NOVEMBER, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Or as Mr. Benny might say, "Yiiiipe!"
  2. The challenge my wife and I occasionally throw at each other: "Curse like you're in a Walt Disney movie!"

    Oh, gee.

    Darn it.


  3. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Spelled different, but still 1940s! [​IMG]
  4. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    A saying that is making a come back, Yippie kay yay! Bruce Willis uses an R rated version in some of his movies, but I have heard the G version in some Disney shows lately!
  5. Stearmen

    Stearmen I'll Lock Up

    Really, spelling police on slang?
  6. The deuce you say...
  7. p51

    p51 Practically Family

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  8. BlueTrain

    BlueTrain Call Me a Cab

    "Gosh, Nancy! I mean, GOSH!"

    Line from a Nancy Drew movie.
  9. "Jumpin' Jiminiy Gee Whiz, Jack!"
    "Quiet Billy, there's no time for that!"
    -- Jack Armstrong, the All American Boy
  10. "Good grief Charlie Brown!"

    Is there no end to this thread? :(

    (I say the first part to my friends
    in mock desperation on trivial things and they get the point without really offending them)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
  11. I need "Peanuts" to stay relevant as I use variations of the "Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown" metaphor in my writing all the time - I need that crutch.
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  12. ^^^^^

    "Put 'em up...put 'em up...
    I can beat ya with one paw
    tied behind my back!"

    Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion)

    When I'm backed into a corner in
    an argument which I'm loosing,
    imitating Bert Lahr.
    Other times, it's W.C.Fields..

    "Godfrey Daniels!"

    (Always breaks the tension) :)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
  13. Inkstainedwretch

    Inkstainedwretch Practically Family

    Ultimate W.C. Fields euphemism:
    "There's a Ubangi in the fuel supply."
    Even the euphemism would get you banned today.

  14. Mostly if Ubangi much in public!
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  15. In addition to "Peanuts" the "Wizard of Oz" is a fount of metaphors and cultural references that I use all the time. There are so many that it is always easy to "pull one in" to add a small spark to an article.
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  16. When sportswriter Red Smith wrote a column in the mid-1940s wondering whether some of the dark-complected "Cuban" ballplayers then being signed by the Washington Senators might actually originate from a bit further north, he suggested that "a Senegambian might be lurking in the batpile."
  17. My favorite....drives 'em nuts! :D
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  18. One of my favorites is when my wife asks me to remind her of something. "Would you remind me to 'fill in the blank'?" I pause, then say "Hey Toots, don't forget to..." Of course, over the 35+ years we've been married she's gotten wise to this and will often preface her request with, "Don't do it now, but remind me to..." When she does that, I just make that pause a little more pregnant. :cool:

    Another favorite is a riff on a Groucho Marx routine in Horse Feathers. Someone will say something to me, and I'll reply with, "What?" They repeat what they said, and I'll reply with, "You just said that. Do you know you're repeating yourself?" Sometimes that gets them so confused that they forget what they were trying to tell me. :D

    Of course, in both cases the trick is in the timing, and knowing when to do it and when not to. ;)
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