TV fans can now test their knowledge of popular TV catchphrases in this new quiz.
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Wel, a new quiz has been put together 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.
'n Peiling van 2,000 adults saw the iconic line, spoken by Richard Wilson in One Foot in the Grave, top the list of the 50 TV sayings which have become part of daily conversations.
A second line from the hit comedy, “You plonker”, also made it into the top ten.
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Vergeet die sewe jaar jeuk 80 per cent of adults use TV catchphrases in everyday conversation, en 76 per cent of those even use sayings from shows they’ve not actually watched.
Following the findings, a quiz has been created to test viewers’ knowledge of who said what.
Michelle Wilding-Baker, spokesperson for Freesat, which commissioned the study and quiz said: “TV has a huge influence on our lives, and what at first seems like a fairly basic line can very quickly become part of everyday language.
TOP 50 TV CATCHPHRASES USED IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- I don’t believe it – One Foot in The Grave
- Computer says no – Little Britain
- Lovely jubbly – Only Fools and Horses
- Here’s one I made earlier – Blue Peter
- D’oh – The Simpsons
- Am I bovvered? – Catherine Tate Show
- You plonker – Slegs Dwase en Perde
- I have a cunning plan – Blackadder
- Just like that – Tommy Cooper
- I’ve started so I’ll finish – Corrie se Richard Fleeshman lyk onherkenbaar
- 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’ 'n laggie? – 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! -maar ek wil 'n bietjie kleiner gaan
- 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 – Dienslyn
- Pivot – Friends
- Ooh I could crush a grape! – Crackerjack
- Could I *be*…… – Vriende
- Bazinga! – Big Bang Theory
- Pity the 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
- Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast – Red Dwarf
- Oh my Christ! – Gavin and Stacey
- What a sad little life, Jane – Come Dine With Me
- You should wash your hands you detty pig – Seks onderwys
“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.”
The study also found those who repeat lines from a TV show do so an average of twice a week.
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More than seven in 10 of those (71 persent) use them when talking to friends and family, terwyl 28 per cent get them into conversation with colleagues or their boss.
Others utter the iconic phrases in text messages – 24 persent -, sosiale media (18 persent) and even in work emails (nine per cent).
While more than one in 20 – seven per cent – have used them in a job interview.