15 Overused Pop Culture Catchphrases That Should Never Make A Comeback

By 01.17.13

Anyone reading this between the ages of 21-30 should call your parents later tonight to apologize for how often you ran around the house as a kid screaming lines from Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls at the top of your lungs for hours on end. Or maybe that was just me. Sorry, mom and dad.

Growing up, Jim Carrey was a goddamn hero, not only for playing pet detectives and yellow-suited tricksters, but also for his rubberfaced roles in Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, and In Living Color (all between 1994-1997.) Then he turned “serious” with The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, and became good in a different way. But to me, he’ll always be the guy who talked with his ass and said “somebody STOP me.”

That’s both good and bad — the good, the ass talking (still funny); the bad, the multitude of catchphrases that have long since lost their ability to make anyone laugh, whether ironically or sincerely. In honor of Carrey’s 51st birthday today, here are 15 pop culture catchphrases that should never make a return to the lexicon.

Ace Ventura


Michael Jackson



As Comedy Bang Bang fans know, “my wife” is still funny, though. (Via)



Pinky and the Brain


Austin Powers

Feel free to quote The Love Guru at will. (Via)

Dog Day Afternoon

Because it should be shouted as “GATTACA” instead. (Via)

Paris Hilton


The Weakest Link


Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

We don’t need to go back there. (Via)



Forrest Gump

I’m happy we’re at a point in time where I can say, “Forrest Gump is bad,” and people won’t throw their feces at me. (Via)

Jerry Maguire

It’s almost reached peak irony, but not quite there. You just know there are hundreds of banker types who motivate themselves by reciting Jerry Maguire quotes in the mirror every morning. (Via)


Once the New York Mets started using this quote to pump up fans in the fifth inning of a blowout, it kind of lost its power. (Via)


OK, “Cowabunga” is still perfect. (Via)

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