[Ads-l] Famous Quotations from Comic Strips

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 31 15:28:18 EDT 2017

Keep those suggestions coming.  Note that I am looking for very well-known sayings, probably from classic comic strips rather than from more ephemeral recent comic strips.  They could be phrases from narration.

Fred Shapiro

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Fred asked for quotations-- i.e., as I take it, excerpts from dialog, as
his examples show-- not names of things or phrases from narration.

On Mar 24, 2017 3:37 AM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

*Prince Valiant: the Singing Sword, "Flamberge," sister of Excalibur.
Doonesbury: Walden Puddle Li’l Abner: the whammy*

Hopalong Cassidy: "Scratch gravel, Topper!"

On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 1:46 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:

> Dykes To Watch Out For:  "I only go to a movie if it satisfies three basic
> requirements.  One, it has to have at least two women in it . . . who,
> talk to each other about, three, something besides a man."  (the "Bechdel
> test"; ellipsis original)
> Popeye the Sailorman, aka Thimble Theatre:  Segar liked catch-phrases.  In
> addition to "I yam what I yam and that's all I yam" and "I'll gladly pay
> you Tuesday for a hamburger today," there's "Jones is the name; I'm one of
> the Jones boys" (Wimpy's repeated self-identification, when he did not
> to be known); "I would like to invite you over to my house for a duck
> dinner...You bring the ducks!" (Wimpy catch-phrase); "Well blow me down"
> (Popeye's catch-phrase, although people were saying "blow me down" before
> Segar); "Let's you and him fight" (Wimpy's catch-phrase).  And, from the
> cartoons, there's also "I'm strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach."
> Barnaby:  "Cushlamochree!" (catch-phrase of Mr. O'Malley, Barnaby's fairy
> godfather).
> Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D.:  "Zap" (sound effect).
> Smokey Stover:  Lots of catch-phrases, including "foo", "foo fighters"
> (no, the band did not make it up), "notary sojac", "scram gravy ain't
> wavey" and "1506 nix nix."
> Doonesbury:  "Guilty!  Guilty!  Guilty!"
> Calvin and Hobbes:  "It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy . . . let's
> go exploring!" (ellipsis original)
> Fred didn't ask for comic book quotations, so this is restricted to comic
> strips.  I tried to avoid quotations that are already in YBK, but may have
> missed some.
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society On Behalf
> Of Shapiro, Fred
> Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:50 PM
> Subject: Famous Quotations from Comic Strips
> For the second edition of the Yale Book of Quotations, I would welcome
> suggestions of famous quotes from comic strips.  These could be one-off
> quotes or could be recurring catchphrases (like "leapin' lizards" from
> Little Orphan Annie).  I believe I already have the more famous lines from
> Peanuts and Pogo.
> Fred Shapiro

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