TV enthusiasts can now take this quiz to test their knowledge about popular TV catchphrases.
Can you distinguish the Bridgerton lines from the Simpsons lines? Which characters were the ones to utter these famous phrases?
You can be sure that it is. A new quiz has been created after a survey revealed the TV catchphrases people use most in everyday life, with Victor Meldrew’s “I don’t believe it” coming out on top – more than 30 years after it was first aired.
A poll of 2,000 adults found that the iconic line, which Richard Wilson used in One Foot in the Grave was the most popular of the 50 TV sayings.
Little Britain’s “Computer says no” took second place, followed by Del Boy’s classic line from Only Fools and Horses, “Lovely jubbly”.
The second line of the hit comedy. “You plonker”Also, he made it to the top ten.
Other popular phrases used in real life conversations included Homer Simpson’s “D’oh”, Catherine Tate’s “Am I bovvered” and Joey’s “How you doin’?”From Friends.
It also emerged 80 per cent of adults use TV catchphrases in everyday conversation, and 76 per cent of those even use sayings from shows they’ve not actually watched.
A quiz was created following the findings to assess viewers’ knowledge about who said what.
Michelle Wilding Baker, spokesperson for Freesat which commissioned the study, said that TV has a significant influence on our lives. What may seem like a simple line at first can quickly become part and parcel of our everyday language.
TOP 50 TV CATCHPHRASES USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- It’s unbelievable – One Foot in the Grave
- Computer says no – Little Britain
- Lovely jubbly – Only Fools and Horses
- Blue Peter is the one I made before.
- D’oh – The Simpsons
- Am I bovvered? Catherine Tate Show
- You are a plonker. Only fools and horses can do that.
- Blackadder, I have a cunning strategy
- Tommy Cooper: Just like that
- Mastermind: I started so that I could finish.
- How you doin’? – Friends
- Is that your final answer? – Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
- How very dare you – The Catherine Tate Show
- Nice to see you, to see you nice – The Generation Game
- You havin’ a laugh? – Extras
- Good night John Boy – The Waltons
- Okely Dokely – The Simpsons
- It’s a no from me – Simon Cowell/ X Factor/ BGT
- What’s occurring? – Gavin & Stacey
- Listen I will say zis only wunce – Allo Allo
- Suits you sir – The Fast Show
- Say what you see – Catchphrase
- Can I have a P please, Bob – Blockbusters
- No no no no no no yes – The Vicar of Dibley
- Our survey says – Family Fortunes
- You’re fired! -The Apprentice
- Winter is coming – Game of Thrones
- What you talkin’ bout Willis? – Diff’rent Strokes
- Yabba-Dabba-Doo – The Flintstones
- Hi Di Hi Campers – Hi Di Hi
- Get outta my pub – EastEnders
- That’s what she said – The Office
- It’s good night from me and good night from him – The Two Ronnies
- Back of the net – Alan Partridge
- Mother of God – Line of Duty
- The truth is out there – X-Files
- Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey – Line of Duty
- Pivot – Friends
- Ooh I could crush a grape! – Crackerjack
- Could I *be*…… – Friends
- Bazinga! – Big Bang Theory
- You are a fool! – Mr T in the A Team
- Yada, Yada, Yada – Seinfeld
- I’ve got a text! – Love Island
- Boyakasha – Ali G
- Excuuuuse me! – Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live
- Red Dwarf, Smoke me an a kipper. I’ll return for breakfast.
- Oh my Christ! – Gavin and Stacey
- Jane, it’s a very sad life. Come dine with us!
- Wash your hands dettypig – Sexual Education
“It’s great to see that UK shows have done so well, while comedy also seems to be very successful at introducing lines into people’s language.
“It just goes to show how important it is for a catchphrase to make us laugh in order to make it memorable.
“We’re also pleased to see the mix of shows – some older quotes as well as more modern lines have made it into the top 50.”
According to the study, those who repeat lines from a TV series on average do so twice per week.
71% of them use them to talk with friends, and 28% use them to have conversations with their bosses or colleagues.
Other people use the famous phrases in text messages (24 per cent), social media (18%) and work emails (99%).
Seven per cent of job applicants – more than 20 percent – used them for a job interview.
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