This 7 days, in 1984, the extremely final episode of Happy Times aired. That ‘70s display about 1950s nostalgia ran for an epic 11 seasons and spun off several sequence including Laverne & Shirley, Joanie Enjoys Chachi, and Mork & Mindy (the present-day location of which was spelled out by Mork’s time traveling talents).
What Delighted Times also gave us was a litany of catchphrases and slang that are now an integral portion of our pop culture lexicon. Below are 11 that are significantly perfectamundo.
Designed by author and producer Bob Brunner, the show’s most famous catchphrase may possibly be an alteration of sit and spin or sit and rotate, which implies a single really should go sit on one’s thumb and rotate, a rather cleaner version of shove it up your ass.
“What’s a Fonzie?” asks Howard.
This nickname for Arthur Fonzarelli was a further Bob Brunner creation. Even so, the Fonz was originally intended to be the Mash, as in Masciarelli, show creator Garry Marshall’s true surname. Having said that, producers assumed the Mash was too equivalent to the title of another well-known show at the time.
Now a Fonzie is applied to refer to anybody interesting, as was the situation in Pulp Fiction
[Jules]: “We’re gonna be like three Fonzies. And what is Fonzie like?”
[Yolanda]: “He’s awesome?”
A Fonzarelli epithet, exactamundo is a blend of specific and the suffix intensifier –amundo, which might occur from the Spanish mundo, that means “world.”
While exactamundo might feel like the most preferred –amundo blend, it was not Fonzie’s very first. A dedicated poster at Sitcoms Online has compiled a extensive record of “AMDUNDO SPOTTINGS” in the clearly show. (You can find also this fantastic supercut.) Congratsamundo seems to be the to start with usage, even though other variations include coolamundo, fabamundo, and dumpamundo.
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aficionados will bear in mind that Joanie and Richie the moment had an more mature brother named Chuck. Alas, weak Chuck was dropped soon after a mere nine episodes, and neither his ephemeral presence nor his unexpected departure have been ever acknowledged or described.
At least he had a Television set trope named just after him: the Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, in which a character disappears from a clearly show with no explanation. Associated is The Other Darrin trope, named for the unmentioned substitution of the actor who performed Samantha’s partner in Bewitched. That trope can also be noticed in Roseanne, with the swapping of Beckys, in Mad Adult men, which altered Bobbies, and in The Refreshing Prince of Bel-Air, which changed the unique Aunt Viv.
Richie Cunningham’s go-to insult, bucko is nautical slang that originated in the 1880s and referred to an blustering, bragging type of fellow. The word will come from buck, utilized to antlered male animals.
A further Richie maxim, yowsah signifies standard enthusiastic acceptance while yowsah yowsah yowsah signifies a few occasions as considerably. It was also originally the catchphrase of 1930s jazz musician Ben Bernie and most likely the place the show’s writers received their inspiration.
Talking of which, let’s not fail to remember the gang’s makeout desired destination, Inspiration Stage. There are at minimum a couple of genuine-daily life Inspiration Points, like a viewpoint at Bryce Canyon in Utah and the Inspiration Issue Shelter on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York.
In a season 7 episode, the smooching spot was nearly closed to make way for an expressway off-ramp, but in the end was saved for long term neckers.
“Mom, it is challenging to neck with a beak,” claims Joanie when her mother suggests that she go as Donald Duck to a costume social gathering.
A most loved pastime of the show’s teenagers, the term necking seems quintessentially ’50s. Nevertheless, it truly originated in the early 19th century and intended to hug a person around the neck (and, by extension, to fondle, caress, and kiss in normal).
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“You’re these kinds of a Potsie!” Ralph Malph states to Warren “Potsie” Weber when he’s staying unique Potsie-like.
On the display it is discussed that Potsie acquired his nickname since of his childhood affinity for clay and Enjoy-doh. (Presumably, he gifted his mom a good deal of pots?) In fact, Potsie was named after a buddy of Garry Marshall’s spouse.
Potsie also appears a great deal like patsy, another person easily duped, which Potsie typically was.
Charles “Chachi” Arcola was introduced as Fonzie’s younger cousin in the show’s fifth time, and later grew to become Joanie’s adore interest. Sitcom legend suggests that Delighted Times spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi was a strike in Korea because Chachi interprets from Korean as “penis”—hence, Joanie Enjoys Penis.
Nonetheless, this could only be legend, at minimum according to Snopes. Even though Chachi is equivalent to a Korean slang term for penis, jaji, Snopes argues that most Koreans would not have even viewed the show as it was aired only on the American Forces Korean Network, which broadcasted American systems completely to U.S. armed forces personnel. Evidently, the Joanie Loves Penis rumor was propagated by Garry Marshall and Scott Baio throughout interviews advertising the exhibit.
We can thank author and producer Bob Brunner for the notorious jump the shark storyline, formally titled “Hollywood.” Fonzie has been enticed to make a go of it in the videos, only to be thwarted by the obnoxious California Kid. This West Coastline rival difficulties Fonzie to a drinking water snowboarding duel, as one particular does, which obviously consists of some tiger shark-jumping. The Fonz (becoming the Fonz) beats the Cali Kid, and in the course of action, gives us a pop tradition phrase for the ages.
Referring to when a preposterous or more than-the-leading party marks the decline of a Tv sequence, jump the shark was extra to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006, whilst it has been in use because at the very least 1998.
(The reverse of bounce the shark might be Riker’s beard, when a show quickly receives superior. This will come from a supporter theory that Star Trek: The Upcoming Generation improved immediately after Commander William Riker grew a beard.)