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Warm, manly handshake
Rewarding a gentleman's actions
Example: "And a warm, manly handshake for changing the way Blue Thing thinks."
Secret origin: Adapted from its original use in a letter by Matthew Sorge of Basildon, informing us of his imminent birthday and requesting "a kiss from Sue and warm, manly handshakes from the rest of you."
First used: AP58.
Note: He was brushed off as a groupie, of course.
Attention is drawn to a potential catastrophe.
Example: "No need to call maintenance - I've replaced hundreds of fuses." "Warning."
Secret origin: From the alert in Desert Strike, itself originally from the meddlesome robot in Lost In Space.
First used: AP32.
We're joking, of course
See Actually, that was a joke.
What a hilarious misunderstanding!
Gleeful excitement over a mistake. (Often ironic.)
Example: "We'd been talking at cross-purposes and hence precipitated the Sepoy Mutiny. What a hilarious misunderstanding!"
Secret origin: Traditional.
Note: Superseded by Oh no! What an internal misunderstanding!
What are you, stupid or something, or what?
Highlighting error an another's part
Example: "We told you that in at least six issues. What are you, stupid or something, or what?"
Secret origin: "What are you, stupid or something?" was coined by Stuart Campbell for the legendarily unpopular Ask AMIGA POWER. "Or what?" was added later.
Note: "What are you, stupid or something? Or what?" is considerably more hurtful due to the expressive pause.
Whining, childish hatemongering
A typical response to AP
Example: "Good work, Team 17. You whining, childish hatemongers."
Secret origin: Coined by J Nash.
First used: AP56.
Why, it's kindly old Mr Zingleblaum, the man we least suspected!
(1) A culprit is identified. (2) An affectionate greeting.
Example: "Wait a minute - isn't that Cam's BB gun in your drawer? Why, it's kindly old Mr Zingleblaum, the man we least suspected!"
Example 2: "Hello, AMIGA POWER!" "Why, it's kindly old Mr Zingleblaum, the man we least suspected!"
Secret origin: Coined by The Legendary Andy O of Your Sinclair as a meta-episode of Scooby Doo.
Note 1: Enunciate every syllable with clarity for an authentic voiceover feel.
Note 2: Andy's full dialogue is as follows -
SUBJECT A: Hello, AMIGA POWER!
SUBJECT B: Why, it's kindly old Mr Zingleblaum, the man we least suspected!
SUBJECT C: Good work, kids.
SUBJECT A: I'd've gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!
ALL: And our dog Scooby!
With hilarious consequences
(1) Exactly that. (2) Exactly not that.
Example 1: "You write to us. We write back. With hilarious consequences."
Example 2: "It's Tower Assault meets Batman Forever. With hilarious consequences."
Secret origin: Traditional - used by newspapers when describing every sitcom from 1964 to 1983.