Catch phrase


Catch phrase

A catch phrase (or "catchphrase") is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Such memetic phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some catch phrases become the de facto "trademark" of the person or character with whom they originated, and can be instrumental in the typecasting (beneficially or otherwise) of that actor. This is especially the case with comedy actors.

ee also

* List of political catch phrases
* Meme
* Snowclone

References


*Partridge, Eric (1894-1979) ed. Beale. "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, American and British, from the sixteenth century to the present day" (enlarged trade paperback edition) Lanham, Maryland: Scarborough House, 1992 ISBN 0-8128-8536-8

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