Grandma's Tales

December 10, 2006

One-liners you can’t forget

Filed under: Language — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 9:55 pm

TV Land has compiled a list of the most enduring one-liners on American news, TV shows and ads in the last 60 years. Interesting. Some of them are known to people all over the world. You’ve certainly heard (and used) the following.

  • One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.
  • You are fired! (Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
  • Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what ….
  • Yabba dabba do! (Fred Flintstone)
  • I’m not a crook. (Richard Nixon)

The report doesn’t mention it, but I’m sure other memorable lines would include

  • I’ll be back…
  • Play it again Sam.
  • Tomorrow is another day.

If we were to put together a list of Indian one-liners, “Unity in diversity” should top the list. Never mind the unity is maintained with help from lathi charge, water treatment and teargas shells.

May be we ought to compile a list of one-liners and catchphrases from Indian sitcoms.  I’ll do that right away.



  1. ‘Play it again, Sam’ must be the most famous misquoted line. Bogey just said ‘Play it’. It was Woody Allen who said ‘Play It Again, Sam’.

    Comment by Gnome Chompsky — December 11, 2006 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Gnome (you mean gnome as in …?)
    Thanks for stopping by. And thanks for the info. Any one-liners you want to add to this list?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 11, 2006 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

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