Greatest Catch Phrase Artists of All Time

  1. 1.
    William Shakespeare ...
    "All the world's a stage." "To be or not to be." The word "puke." Many others. Harold Bloom says he invented the human; I say he also invented the catch phrase.
  2. 2.
    Mike Meyers ...
    Austin Powers AND Wayne's World. I almost left him off this list... NOT!
  3. 3.
    God & the committee that translated the King James Bible
    How much of a catch phrase is content, and how much is phrasing? I'll leave that to the theologians and credit the team here. (Some speculate that Shakespeare was one of the King James translators; this would only strengthen his position at #1 and put more distance between him and Meyers.)
  4. 4.
    The writing staff of The Simpsons ...
    The T-shirt phrases have come and gone for decades, and that is impressive. But the impact of the invention of "D'oh!" alone is staggering. Inventing an involuntary exclamation? Next level in terms of infiltrating a national consciousness.