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"Yabba, Dabba Do!" - Famous catchphrase of jubilation howled by Stone Age caveman Fred Flintstone on the prime time cartoon sitcom THE FLINTSTONES/ABC/1960-66. Weird Al Yankovich composed an homage to the this phrase in a song called "Yaba Daba Do, Now" (Bedrock Anthem/Alapalooza).

"Yo, ho, Rinty!" - Command calling to action Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd dog on the ADVENTURES OF RIN TIN TIN/ABC/1954-59. Rin Tin Tin (a.k.a. "Rinty") belonged to Corporal Rusty (Lee Aaker), a young boy adopted by the Blue Devils, a cavalry troop stationed at Fort Apache, Arizona in the Old West.

"You bet your sweet Bippy!" - Silly word used on the comedy variety ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/ 1968-73. During one episode of the program, the audience got some insight as to what a "Bippy" was:
 
Dick:
May the Good Fairy sprinkle stardust on your bippy.
 
Dan:
Just a minute now. I've been meaning to ask you; what's a bippy?
 
Dick:
It's a baby bip.
 
Dan:
Then what's a bip?
Dick:
It's a big bippy.
 
Dan:
Are you sure?
Dick:
You bet your sweet bippy, I'm sure! 

The "Bippy" word later inspired the title of a Rowan & Martin film The Maltese Bippy (1969). Once Liberace said "I bet my sweet bippy and lost it!"

"You big DUMMY!" -On the sitcom SANFORD AND SON/NBC/1972-77 Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx), a 65-year-old Watts junk dealer often directed the phrase "You big DUMMY!" at his grown son, Lamont (Demond Wilson) and at anyone else not sharing his (Fred's) opinion. Fred's other favorite sayings included "Oh! This is the big one! Elizabeth..."; "How'd you like five across yo' lips???"; and "Esther, you so ugly ______..." His sister-in-law Esther Anderson (LaWanda Page) referred to Fred as an "old fish-eyed fool" and responded to Fred's insults with "Watch it, sucka!"

"You done good" - Words of praise spoken by Earl Eischeid (Joe Don Baker), the Chief of New York City detectives on the police drama EISCHEID/NBC/1979-83.

"You got it, dude" - Expression of the precocious Michelle Tanner (Mary-Kate & Ashley Fuller Olsen), the youngest member of the family on the sitcom FULL HOUSE/ABC/1987-95. Her older sister Stephanie (Jody Sweetin) used the catchphrase "How Rude."

"You look Mar-r-r-velous!" - Complimentary catchphrase that became popular when comedian Billy Crystal hosted and starred on the NBC weekend comedy satire SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE during the 1980s. One of his character's was Fernando, a vain white-haired Hispanic man fashioned after the late Fernando Lamas, who hosted a talk show in a small cafe called Fernando's Hideaway. He asked very shallow questions and was more interested in his guest's hygiene than their career. Summing up his philosophy on life, Fernando would rather "look good than feel good."

"You really know how to hurt a guy" - Catchphrase made popular by comedian Don Adams when he appeared on THE PERRY COMO SHOW for two years in the late 1950s.

"You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" - What Dr. David Banner (Bill Bixby) said to anyone who was on the verge of hurting or upsetting him on the adventure THE INCREDIBLE HULK/CBS/1978-82. Exposed to Gamma radiation Banner's body mutated into a muscular green monster named the Hulk when someone angered him. Searching for a cure to his predicament, Dr. Banner wandered incognito across the USA and woe to anyone who got in his way.

"You're right, you're absolutely right!" - Response of emcees Hal March, Bill "Sony" Fox, or Ralph Story when contestants answered correctly on the game shows THE $64,000 QUESTION/CBS/1955-58 and THE $64,000 CHALLENGE/CBS/1956-58.
 

 

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