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A catch phrase is a word, phrase or expression that is associated with a particular person or fictional character. A catch phrase is recognized as such by its repeated utterance by said person or character on an almost exclusive basis. After the catch phrase is recognized as such by the public, it is often co-opted into everyday vernacular. Also called a memetic phrase, a catch phrase often originates in popular culture and the arts, and typically spreads through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some catch phrases become the de facto "trademark" of the person or character with whom they originated. Look up Vernacular in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This is a list of memetic phrases that are not quite idioms or figures of speech (usually pop culture references) but that are so widely used outside of their original environment that people who dont know their origin can be expected to encounter them. ... Popular culture, sometimes called pop culture, (literally: the culture of the people) consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... The arts is a broad subdivision of culture, composed of many expressive disciplines. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... This article is concerned with the production of books, magazines, and other literary material (whether in printed or electronic formats). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... For the Ludacris album, see Word of Mouf. ... De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without...

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The following is a list of political catch phrases, that is distinctive statements uttered by political figures that have gone on to become well-known, or infamous sayings. ... The term meme (IPA: , rhyming with theme. Commonly pronounced in the US as , rhyming with gem), coined in 1976[1] by the biologist Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information which can propagate from one mind to another in a manner analogous to genes (i. ... Snowclone is a neologism used to describe a type of formula-based cliché which uses an old idiom in a new context. ...


  • Partridge, Eric (1894-1979) ed. Beale. A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, American and British, from the sixteenth century to the present day (enlarged trade paperback edition) Lanham, Maryland: Scarborough House, 1992 ISBN 0-8128-8536-8

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Catch Phrases (401 words)
First, consider the phrase "when all is said and done." Once, this phrase was clever and original, but so many millions of writers and speakers have used it so many times over so many years that the phrase has become automatic and nearly meaningless.
This type of worn-out phrase is called a catch phrase, and you should always avoid it in your writing, unless you are quoting someone else: you own, original words are always more interesting.
A particularly stale catch phrase -- especially one which was once particularly clever -- is a cliché.
Catch phrase (655 words)
A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is spontaneously popularized after a critical amount of widespread repeated usage in everyday conversation (i.e., it "catches" on).
The term "Manifest Destiny", for example, was a catch phrase of the mid-nineteenth century, coined by journalist John O'Sullivan in an editorial in 1845.
In the professional wrestling arena, catch phrases are often essential to a wrestler’s gimmick.
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