Thursday, August 03, 2006

The 90's called...

... they want their insults back.

I was surfing along on a message board today, and found that people are STILL using the tired cliché, "the _________ called, he/she/it wants his/her/its __________ back."

Oh don't get me wrong, I've used the shit out of that phrase... it was a good and fairly hurtful insult for a long time. For instance: "Goodwill called, and they want their couch back." (bad tie reference) Or, "Some clowns called and want their car back." (Ford Festiva reference) But the point is, I used it in the early 90's.

Am I all wrong here? Is it still a timely, valid, effective insult? Please feel free to opine, and also leave your favorite one - because if it's still usable, I'm going to get back on this horse for a while.

Or, feel free to share other outdated clichés you've heard lately.

By the way, is that a cell phone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? (that is sooo early 40's)


Susan R. said...

Me and my husband were in a antique/junk shop over the weekend and they had an old tin that said Prince Albert on it, of course that made us remember when kids would call someone and ask them if they had Prince Albert in a can, and if they did to please let him out. I never did it (I was an angel, LOL), but I am pretty sure my husband did stuff like that as a child/teenager.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

All I got are Swifties:

"Tom was outraged, he said furiously."

Blogarita said...

"I've got your outdated cliche right here, baby!"

Michelle O'Neil said...

Maybe this counts? Just last week I witnessed a 45 year old woman pretend to put her finger down her throat in a "gag me" kind of way during a conversation.

I think it had been out of style long enough to be recycled, because it was really kind of funny in a retro sort of way.

Violet said...

Are you making fun of me because I used to drive a Ford Festiva? Listen, I was in college, I couldn't afford much, and it got great gas mileage. So lay off, yo!

Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode:

OFFICE GUY: Hey, George, the ocean called and said they're running out of shrimp.

GEORGE: Oh, yeah? Well, the jerk store called and said they're running out of you!

Amandarama said...

Overused phrases that were mildly funny at one time? You don't have to look any further than rips on the Master Card comercial: "Keyboard: $20; Internet connection: $40; Opportunity to use an overused, hack cliche: Priceless"

Kimmy said...

Uh, Dave?
George Carlin called and he wants his sarcasm back.

It's Me, Maven... said...

"It's like eating an elephant... you do it one bite at a time."

I used this one sometime during THIS year... I'm afraid to admit:)

It's Me, Maven... said...

Oh... and "Cool beans," whatever that means!