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'You'll Get Crabs!' Early Favorite Phrase Of Year
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"You'll Get Crabs!" Early Favorite Phrase Of Year

BOSTON (CAP) - Well, the preliminary voting is done, and unlike the early rounds of the current season of American Idol, there appears to be a clear-cut favorite for most popular catch-phrase of the year. According to exit polls conducted by the Cliche Writers Of America, "You'll get crabs!" is well on its way to cementing its place in the American lexicon.

"The phrase was first overheard by one of our members at a keg party late last year," said CWA President Clive Robard. "A young woman offered the warning to a friend of hers as she snuck into the bedroom with a young man.

"By the time the party concluded some hours later, the catch phrase had been uttered literally hundreds of times, covering every conceivable topic from someone picking their nose to someone who ate a cheese curl that fell on the floor," added Robard.

'You'll Get Crabs!' Early Favorite Phrase Of Year
20-year-old Alexa Hartman, who first uttered the words that are destined to become famous this year

While there's no easy way to put a dollar value on catch phrases, the CWA does plan to register the sentence with the U.S. Patent Office on behalf of the woman who first spoke the words, Boston University sophomore Alexa Hartman. That way if Budweiser does go through with its plans to build an ad campaign around the phrase, the 20-year-old woman will be justly compensated.

"Budweiser, Kotex, Fox News - whoever it is, we just want to make sure she gets paid," said Robard.

Robard said the great thing about the new phrase is that it is versatile enough to be used both in serious situations as well as times when someone couldn't possibly contract the sexually transmitted disease. Unlike the favorite of years gone past, "No, that's my foot!" which has long since been forgotten, Robard feels this year's phrase will have a long shelf life.

"I think we benefited a lot from the Hollywood writers' strike some years back," said Robard. "Where we used to get favorite phrases from professionals paid to write them, this year we got one from a college coed jealous that her friend was about to get some.

"Unintentional, off the cuff, and pure gold," said Robard. "It's what catch phrases are all about."


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