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#129204 - 06/10/04 03:52 AM "Don't panic!" - Douglas Adams!?
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Doh! - Homer's Catchphrase Tops Poll
LONDON (Reuters) - Homer Simpson's emphatic exclamation "Doh!" has topped a British poll of favorite TV comedy catchphrases, easily beating an array of home-grown classics.
The bumbling hero of American animated TV series "The Simpsons" -- who often accompanies his trademark saying with a slap to the forehead -- topped Nuts Magazine's poll with 34 percent of the vote.
"Doh" has even found a home in the Oxford English Dictionary, which defines it as:
"Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also implying that another person has said or done something foolish."
The rest of the poll's top 10, published Wednesday, all come from British television hits.
At number two was "Don't Panic!" from 1970s war comedy "Dad's Army," one of Britain's best-loved programs about a group of aging Home Guard soldiers ill-prepared for a feared German attack.
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