I was bored today and decided to power rank my favorite Seinfeld catchphrases and why they are so iconic:
10. “Master of my domain” (The Contest, 1992)
Although arguably the most famous plot in the show’s history (when the gang attempts to “hold out” as long as they can) the episode’s top soundbyte isn’t quite as easily applicable to daily life as the rest of the entries on this list.
9. Spongeworthy (The Sponge, 1995)
Elaine’s criteria for determining a beau’s value, this term proved a perfect example of Seinfeld’s ability to push the envelope.
8. The Bro/Manssiere (The Doorman; 1995)
Frank and Kramer just couldn’t agree on which was better, so neither can I. Nevertheless, this piece of clothing remains the second most iconic in the show’s history….
7. The Puffy Shirt (The Puffy Shirt, 1993)
I debated whether or not this item actually constitutes a “catchphrase” considering it’s a pretty generic description of a piece of clothing, but given it’s place in the Smithsonian, it’s justified as a catchphrase.
6. “Not that there’s anything wrong with it” (The Outing, 1993)
Much like Number 10 on this list, this catchphrase isn’t terribly universal, but given how it became the theme of that episode, I couldn’t leave it off this list.
5. Shrinkage (The Hamptons; 1994)
Who knew that one simple word could be so a) memorable, b) descriptive, and c) uncomfortable
4. “No soup for you!” (The Soup Nazi; 1995)
Despite its use on SportsCenter (for robbing someone of a home run or striking out a batter) this catchphrase didn’t need any help joining the popular lexicon.
3. “They’re real and they’re specatacular” (The Implant; 1993)
Not only did this statement offer the perfect climax and punctuation to an episode, it was one of the most famous in the history of television.
2. “Hello Newman” (Multiple, most recent, The Finale; 1998)
The oft-repeated forced greeting for Jerry’s nemesis, it perfectly captured his hatred for Newman. Still, the best usage might have been the episode (The Raincoats) where Jerry’s mother welcomes the infamous postal carrier with it.
1. “Yada, Yada, Yada” (The Yada, Yada; 1997)
I’m not sure how many people (if any) used this verbal ellipses prior to April 24, 1997, but one thing is for certain: in the decade and a half since, millions have.