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Arrested Development Wordplay

Posted on the 14 June 2013 by Expectlabs @ExpectLabs


Arrested Development has its own distinct language that most viewers can only fully comprehend with one finger constantly on the remote. Layers of hilarity are woven into every scene in a way that seems like the show’s writers aren’t concerned if you get the joke or not. While Arrested Development didn’t produce as many new words as The Simpsons or Seinfeld, it did create a dictionary of recurring catchphrases. Each phrase is stretched to its breaking point (and then some), and works to define each character in the show.

Here are some of our favorites:

“Marry me!” A quick comeback used to make people forget what they were talking about.

“There’s always money in the banana stand.” An extremely literal term to be used when a banana stand is lined with copious amount of cash.

“That was a freebie.” Used to announce a lucky break.

“You’re gonna get some hop-ons.” “Hop-ons” are pedestrians who climb aboard big cars.

“I’ve made a huge mistake.” A phrase used to acknowledge a huge mistake, which helps make it less of a mistake.

“It’s an illusion.” An “illusion” is a more serious and artful form of a magic trick.

What other phrases has Arrested Development introduced into our lexicon?

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