Welcome to The Short List. Each week we'll pick a topic and share our favorite – or, in some cases, maybe our least favorite – things.
With "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, we're talking game shows and the catchphrases they launched into the popular lexicon. Who hasn't waited in anticipation when you heard those words "Come On Down!" even though you were sitting on your couch at the time.
Here are our five top game show catchphrases:
"Survey says!" – Ever heard someone shout "survey says!" as they're Googling some obscure fact, waiting for the results? It's so ingrained in our culture it even has its own entry in Urbanddictionary.com. During "Family Feud," host Richard Dawson would call to the board to reveal the most popular answer to a question after he gave grandma a big smooch, of course.
"I'd like to use my lifeline" – It's doubtful there's another phrase on this list that has inspired more viewers to yell at their TV sets as much as this one from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (a lifeline already?? too soon!), but sometimes we all need a best friend to call for help – or maybe just some guy from work who knows hockey trivia.
"Big money, no whammies" – The most memorable thing about the early '80s show "Press Your Luck" were the evil, prize-stealing "Whammy" characters. We're still not sure exactly what a Whammy was, though they looked sort of like the Looney Tunes Tazmanian Devil in superhero capes, but contestants were very vocal about not wanting them.
"You are the weakest link. Goodbye." – We don't even recall the rules of "The Weakest Link" but who can forget the Queen of Mean host Anne Robinson? The tell-it-like-it-is host became a parody favorite on "Saturday Night Live" and "MADtv" and launched that game show's catchphrase into a pop culture phenomenon.
"I'd like to buy a vowel" – Although some criticize "Wheel of Fortune" for appealing to homespun viewers who may not know much about alphabet nuances, there's no question this ubiquitous line is remembered as much as Vanna White pointing to or turning letter squares.