I have several "catch phrases" that I find myself using frequently, and if people are around me long enough, you will definitely hear them. Some of them are definite Vinsonisms: prime example: when I tell a lame joke and nobody responds, I'll say I make joke; you raff (that phrase came from a Vinson family vacation some 20+ years ago).
There are some sayings that I've picked up over the years, and you might recognize them if you're a fan of The Blues Brothers (don't look like no expressway to me!), Better Off Dead (Greendale is a bodaciously small town...), or the Princess Bride (you've fallen victim to one of the classic blunders...).
But the other day at church between services, my day was made. The band was doing their soundcheck, and the sound guy asked the drummer to check his microphone. He said, "Check" in it a couple of times, to which I responded, "Check, baby, check, baby one, two, three, four."
Now if you were in my fraternity at the time I was, you knew that Sherman, the cook, always played WGCI radio, a station which concentrated on Soul, R&B, rap, and hip hop music. So if you were in the house when he was cooking, you usually heard the same songs every day. So naturally they became part of our vocabulary.
But I wasn't expecting the church member who was standing next to me to immediately come up with the next line.
It was a great moment.