Have you ever said a catch phrase to your kid and they just looked at you like you were speaking another language? Having been born in the early 80’s and growing up in the 90’s, I find myself continuously saying popular TV or movie related expressions from those eras. Whether I’m asking the kids to do something or responding to one of their many requests, these expressions come out like second nature. They make sense in my mind, however, my puzzled-looking kids, would say otherwise.
Here’s the most common 80’s and 90’s pop catch phrases I say to my kids:
1. “Hello McFly” – I say this one when I am talking and talking and my kid just isn’t listening to me. My son just usually laughs and asks me where the fly is.
2. “I don’t think so, Tim” – This is my way of saying a definite “no” to something my kids are asking for. Their reaction? “Mommy, who is Tim?”
3. “Look up ….waaaaay up” – Friendly Giant, right? This TV show aired way before my time, however, I grew up watching enough reruns that is became part of my TV culture. I tend to use this one when I am washing the kids’ hair in the bath and it’s time to rinse. They get a good laugh, especially when I use the voice.
4. “Serenity Now!” – You know that moment when you are just bubbling, right before you reach your tipping point? Try yelling this out, Costanza-style, to calm your nerves. It really does help.
5. “What you talking about Willis?” – Again, something before my time, but I think my exposure to it, perhaps even through my parents’ use of the phrase, has worked its way into my regular vocabulary. Poor kids again have no clue who Willis is. Neither did I for that matter.
6. “Hellooooooo” – La la la. Can you tell I’m a huge Seinfeld fan? I definitely do Jerry’s voice when I say this one to my kids. Again, they get a pretty good laugh.
7. “Navigator” – Please tell me you just read that in the Navigator voice. I particularly like to say this one when we’re in the car and I start the navigation system.
8. “Don’t make me run, I’m full of chocolate” – I’ll say this to my 3 year old daughter after she’s eaten a piece of chocolate and is running around on a chocolate high.
9. “Alrighty then” – This is when I finally cave into my kids’ demands. My Ace Ventura comes out without even trying.
10. “Houston, we have a problem”– My daughter spills her milk or we ran out of toilet paper. We have a problem.
11. “Exsqueeze me?” – When my kid’s say something perhaps they should not have said. I seriously hope my mispronunciation of the word “excuse”doesn’t impact their English vocabulary moving forward.
12. “Do you understand the words that are coming out my mouth?” – I try also to say it in Chris Tucker’s voice. Not much success on that one though.
One day my kids will be saying their own odd and incomprehensible expressions to their kids (“Just keep swimming” or “To infinity and beyond” perhaps?), and the circle of TV/Movie influences shall continue.