1. Come on down!
Whether it was Johnny Olson, Rod Roddy, Rich Fields, or, more recently, George Gray shouting these words, anyone hearing them knows that The Price is Right is under way. It's only fitting that our favorite game show catch phrase should come from the longest-running game show in North America.
2. I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat.
Even people who don't watch Wheel of Fortune (and yes, apparently there are some people who don't!) know this phrase - and use it. Whether you're doing a crossword puzzle or reading something in Welsh, buying a vowel would be a handy option for many of us.
3. Big bucks, no Whammies!
Heard often at casinos, this gem from Press Your Luck has become a household phrase. Those of us who are old enough to have watched the show during its original run will likely also hear the beeps and boops of the electronic game board in our heads as this one is being uttered. Whether or not you add the "Stop!" at the end is completely your call.
4. Survey says...!
Unless you're the host of Family Feud you're probably not referring to the average responses of 100 people surveyed when you belt out, "survey says!" Still, it's a handy phrase when you're revealing an answer to, well, just about anything. And everyone will get the reference, which is another plus.
5. I'd like to phone a friend.
There are potentially two catch phrases from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that could have landed on this list: The one we chose, and "Is that your final answer?" We went with "I'd like to phone a friend" because it's appeared often in popular culture, from movies to viral jokes and more. Even though Phone-A-Friend has been discontinued as a lifeline on the show, it's still fondly remembered.
6. Deal, or no deal?
Sometimes the title of a game show becomes its catch phrase. Deal or No Deal was a huge sensation in prime time and Howie Mandel's question at the end of each round has become one of the most popular catch phrases in recent memory. Even though the show is no longer running, you'll still hear people asking, "Deal, or no deal?"
7. I'll take ___ for $1000, Alex.
Jeopardy!, like most long-running game shows, has several catch phrases to choose from. This one, though, leaves no question as to its origin, and anyone using it is likely also visualizing the game board. There's no doubt who the "Alex" in the phrase is, either. Stop by trivia night at your local pub and find out for yourself how often this phrase gets thrown around.
8. Will the real ___ please stand up?
Whether or not you're aware of the game show To Tell the Truth, you've probably heard this catch phrase. It's been dying out somewhat as new and more hip phrases take its place, but it's still a classic and it's still just as relevant today as it was when it was current. If you've not heard this one, check out the late-night lineup on GSN and become familiar with the context - I guarantee you'll be entertained, and will pick up a new catch phrase in the process.
9. You are the weakest link. Goodbye.
Many people found this particular game show catch phrase to be insulting and demeaning. Others thought it was a great hook. Whatever your opinion of The Weakest Link and its dimissive phrase, you have to admit that the line caught on. It was even more delicious delivered by Anne Robinson, who played the domineering host to a tee.