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For other uses, see Catch phrase (disambiguation). Catchphrase_sentence_0

A catchphrase (alternatively spelled catch phrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Catchphrase_sentence_1

Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through word of mouth and a variety of mass media (such as films, internet, literature and publishing, television and radio). Catchphrase_sentence_2

Some become the de facto or literal "trademark" or "signature" of the person or character with whom they originated, and can be instrumental in the typecasting of a particular actor. Catchphrase_sentence_3

Culture Catchphrase_section_0

According to Richard Harris, a psychology professor at Kansas State University who studied why people like to cite films in social situations, using film quotes in everyday conversation is similar to telling a joke and a way to form solidarity with others. Catchphrase_sentence_4

"People are doing it to feel good about themselves, to make others laugh, to make themselves laugh", he said. Catchphrase_sentence_5

He found that all of the participants in his study had used film quotes in conversation at one point or another. Catchphrase_sentence_6

"They overwhelmingly cited comedies, followed distantly by dramas and action adventure flicks." Catchphrase_sentence_7

Horror films, musicals and children's films were hardly ever cited. Catchphrase_sentence_8

History Catchphrase_section_1

The existence of catchphrases predates modern mass media. Catchphrase_sentence_9

A description of the phenomena is found in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds published by Charles Mackay in 1841: Catchphrase_sentence_10

See also Catchphrase_section_2

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