Phrases, jokes, and even words themselves have been going viral long before “going viral” was ever a phrase. For example, the term “bite the bullet” originated when anesthesia was in short supply, and old school doctors literally asked soldiers to bite down on a bullet before whatever barbaric “surgery” they’d perform. Hey, there’s another one. Barbaric: Savage, and exceedingly brutal, ya know, like a Barbarian. Anyway… We like to toss around fun little terms and phrases like this to put a little spice in our descriptions, but some of the most popular ones today actually originated in TV and movies.
That’s some good writing right there. A screenwriter, or in some cases, a good improviser, conjured up a word or two that described something so perfectly that it went “viral” in our day to day vernacular. In many cases, Websters and/or The Oxford English Dictionary gave them official definitions, and that’s just “radulicious.” Feel free to take radulicious and run with it! Till that clearly takes off, here are 13 common phrases popularized by movies and TV shows.
Want to do that before you croak? Put it on your bucket list.
Nice name, Poindexter!
No, it did not originate in Canada. Although, they definitely adopted it.
Think it’s a new term? Think again.
Take an improv class, kids. You might change the English language.
When it came to the phrase's lasting impact, Alicia Silverstone was clueless. Sorry.
Bryan Cranston was the world’s first “regifter.”
Technically, while watching Friends, we’re all in “the friend zone.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first to use Google as a verb. Google it.
Five-0 caught on because of, you guessed it, Hawaii Five-0.
Those whiskery little fakers.
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It did already mean “the whole thing” but now we know it as “the whole thing.”