And not a verbal tic or just something they unintentionally said a lot like “like”, but they deliberately went out of their way to have a catch phrase like somebody in a sitcom.
When I was in college I knew a guy who would use “Spank You Come Again” as his way of ending conversations. You’d have a normal conversation but then he’d end it always with “Spank You Come Again” instead of “Later” or “Bye”. He would even sometimes drop it in the middle of conversations. He was still doing it when I left college, everyone else I knew who interacted with him thought he was weird, but he smoked a lot of weed so maybe that explained it.
My oldest friend, the only person from High School I still keep in regular contact with, has a saying that he lives by: “say what you mean, and mean what you say”. It’s one of the reasons why he’s my oldest friend.
And that’s the key. Although I’d put the first number lower.
I thought it was clever the first time they were at a fancy cocktail party and my dad introduced my mom: “And this is my first wife, Marie.” Back in the early 60s, it caught people off-guard, moreso than now.
The second time, still amusing, third time old news. Fourth time, mom and us kids said “Geez, Dad, get a new line!”
[So he switched to introducing her as his mother. And persisted with that way past its expiration date]
Oh, Dad did have a catchphrase. He started it when we were little, after he’d read it to us in a kids’ book. We’d walk outside on a nice day and he’d bellow “‘Goooood morning, world’ said Buffin Bear.”
He kept that up for seventy more years, and now his kids carry it on. I said it just yeasterday when it was sunny and above zero!
I worked with a guy who often made this observation: “You’ll have this in a small town with no Sheriff.” Random situations would arise, and that’s what he would say. Sometimes he would say it just in passing, with no context at all. I assumed it came from a movie, but I’ve never found it anywhere, and when asked, he didn’t even know where he picked it up. But at least once or twice a day, he said it.
Can’t think of anything original some one says. I have met a lot of people that use really outdated stuff like “Pleased to meet ya, wouldn’t want to be ya”. Almost always an old white guy that thinks he’s a laugh riot.
I laughed the first time you posted that and I still think it’s funny now. So according to your schedule I should be ready to put you on ignore the third time.
When our father worked at the Alaska-Juneau Gold Mine as a blaster, my brother would go there to meet him when he came off shift. He would always tell his relief “Tap 'er light”, which I’m assuming means something in the blasting business. My brother picked it up and always said that to people when he parted with them.