The repeated use of the word by both Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin, turned a campaign signifier into a running catchphrase for Saturday Night Live's cast.
With Wall Street near ruin, everyone turned to the government to take action. But calling its intervention on behalf of financial services companies a “bailout” angered numerous taxpayers, who would like to see their dollars used to help themselves out of financial trouble as well.
3 Joe the Plumber
The bald pate of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, became the symbol for the hard-working, average American man. Brought up more than 25 times during the final presidential debate and catapulted to media superstardom, Joe's upcoming book, Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream, unfortunately means his 15 minutes aren't quite up just yet.
Despite becoming an item while making the long-forgotten Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a movie released way back in 2005, the media is still talking about the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston love triangle. Can someone else please hook up in a wave of juicy scandal so we can finally move on?
The first time we were fooled into hearing Never Gonna Give You Up, it was funny. But when it makes its way to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, it's time to retire this phrase and the wacky Web antics behind it.