Hi Students and Teachers!
I thought I must do an article about the phrase that my students have come to know that I like to use a lot in my language workshops.
At the end of this post there are links to more information on catchphrases and the origin and meaning of one of my favourite ones - 'Cool bananas!'
Catchphrases can be lots of fun and are a great way to build up a naturally buoyant and fun atmosphere in a class and also can be fun when they arise when you find yourself working as a team with new people. More on that later in this post.
To which we often laughed when they all replied to indicate the affirmative, 'Cool bananas, Lawrence!'
It has come to be my catchphrase in a sense. A 'catchphrase' is a noun which describes a well-known sentence or phrase, especially one that is associated with a particular person.
'A way to form solidarity with others!'
I read more about catchphrases on wiki. Please also see link to this article in resource links below.
'According to Richard Harris, a psychology professor at Kansas State University who studied why people like to cite films in social situations, using film quotes in everyday conversation is similar to telling a joke and a way to form solidarity with others. "People are doing it to feel good about themselves, to make others laugh, to make themselves laugh", he said.'
Often when you are on holiday, and especially with some people that you don't know, you may noticed that someone may say something amusing and that becomes the holiday's catchphrase which draws you all closer together whenever you use it.
It has been delightful watching the students from all over the world forming wonderful - and what I am sure will become lifelong friendships - during the time they have been studying together.
I know wherever they are in the world, that in the future when I hear them say,’Cool bananas!' we will all laugh and it will always take us back to the fun times that we all had in London together last year.
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Here's a link from Urban Dictionary with more about the meaning and history of the phrase, 'cool bananas' http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cool%20bananas
Links to wiki article on catchphrases http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_phrase
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