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Good times!
spikey eye bw
I don't write much here these days, do I? Must fix that.

So, here's a query. I'm hearing the phrases "good times", "bad times" and "sadface" a lot of late. Why? Do they come from some TV show or something?

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"Good times" has been around a long time -- longer than I've been alive. Usually said in a sort of reminiscing tone and it goes in and out of fashion. Sometimes used in an ironic sense "...that was during the war. Bombings, gunning down hundreds of young soldiers, atrocities... ah,good times. Good times."

I'd presume "Bad times" is just an inversion.

"Sadface" is a verbalizing of the :( emoticon, so it's more common now that people are texting/IMing enough for that kind of emoticon to reach the general consciousness.

Well, yes, but it's become a LOT more common in recent months and used in a slightly different way, such as:

"We were at the pub last night. Good times!"


"It's nearly summer, good times!"

It's being used more as an equivalent of "It was great" than "They were great days". And while I can easily see the meaning of "sadface" the fact that it's suddenly so common suggests there's some cultural focus that it stems from, in the same way that adding NOT to the end of sentences came from Wayne's World.

I only hear sadface from Alex. I blame her.

I'm hearing it all over the place. Googling "Oh. Sad face" gives over 5000 hits, "Oh. Sadface" gets over 1000. Definitely a phenomena of sorts, though possibly only a small one.

True, there's probably a trigger that surges popularity. Though these things are all older than we think. The "Not!", for instance, I was startled to run across when I was reading "Pigs is Pigs", which dates from 1905.

I thought that was made popular by Waynes World though. Or was that just reflecting an expression from a more localised culture that became more mainstream as a result?

I've noticed 'Good Times' a lot recently. My son's friends' use it in a slightly ironic way.

The one I'm hearing a lot is "it's [now | so | not even] a thing"

First noticed blazingskies saying it, but I've heard others pick it up.

The one that gets me most is the Scarf-done-up-as-slip-knot thing. No one seems to know anyone who did before 2002, and now everyone in London does it, and the wrap around thing looks weird when you see an out of towner.

I'm not sure where the scarf thing came from either - I got taught it in about 2004/5 by a friend who worked for a clothing retailer. It's all well and good for not unravelling, but useless when you want to keep your ears warm!

Good times/Bad times have been the catchphrases of TV presenter Justin lee Collins for years. So maybe it's from him?

I don't know about those particular phrases but I do see a green sad smiley face which is often called "Mr Yuck"

I've been using both for ages and I conclude that people are obviously finally following my example! :D

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