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American sitcoms, Indian 'Slanguage'

Lines from shows like How I Met Your Mother enter colloquial lingo.

entertainment Updated: Feb 07, 2010 17:27 IST

When I’m sad, I just stop being sad and be awesome instead.”

Catchphrases like these from the American sitcom, How I Met Your Mother have helped the show complete 100 episodes and successfully score a 5th season.

The hysterics of the show’s most popular character —Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) — have helped translate his lingo into daily conversation.

His ‘Legen..wait for it…dary’ ways and his campaigns to ‘suit up’ are a major hit among all fans.

And How I Met Your Mother isn’t the only show to introduce a new wave of ‘cool’ lingo to college kids and pub regulars.

Adult cartoon show South Park’s uncensored humour became a hit long before the show became a regular feature on music channel VH1.

Teen drama Gossip girl’s ‘XOXO’ sign off is echoed by college kids while FRIENDS character Joey Tribiani’s famous pick-up-line ‘How you doing?’ has also become a hit.

“At the risk of sounding like a ditsy blonde, I swear by Gossip Girl’s ‘xoxo’. I use it all the time when talking to friends, on online chats and even while signing off on my blog. Most of my girl friends are hooked on to using it too,” exclaims Karishma Rajani, a student from KC College.

Nihit Bhave, another sitcom-addict says, “I think Joey’s ‘How you doin’?’ is the ultimate pick-up line. Whether it works or not, it definitely makes you sound cool.”

Abhijeet Gandhi, a software engineer, adds, “A lot of the American lingo is part of our normal vocabulary. From Stephanie Tanner’s ‘How rude!’ in Full House, to Chandler’s rhetorical statements in F.R.I.E.N.D.S… it’s an ‘awesome’ way of chatting with your mates.”

Yada yada yada

Gossip Girl - ‘You know you love me. XOXO’
Friends - ‘How you doin?’, ‘Oh my god!’
Seinfeld - ‘Yada yada yada’
South Park - ‘Respect my authoritah!’
The Simpsons - ‘D'oh!’, ‘Woohoo!’
Sex & The City - ‘Woulda, coulda, shoulda’, ‘He's just not that into you’
The Big Bang Theory - ‘Holy crap on a cracker!’
Full House - ‘You got it, dude’
How I Met Your Mother - Haaaaaave you met Ted?
Six Feet Under - ‘Narm’
The apprentice - ‘You're fired’