Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Challenge accepted: Our favorite 'How I Met Your Mother' catchphrases

Even though the show is ending Monday, we'll continue to talk like the gang for a long time to come. Here are a few of our favorite phrases the show introduced into pop culture and our own vocabulary.

 

Swarley: When a coffee shop writes this name on Barney's coffee cup, the gang refuses to stop calling him variations of 'Swarley': Swarles Barkley, Swarlos, Swarles

Lawyered: Lawyer Marshall Eriksen likes to use this phrase whenever he disproves someone else's argument. As in:

Barney: "Men who have had at least one relationship with a prostitute, are 75 percent more likely to have success in future relationships."

Marshall: "You made that up."

Barney: "Withdrawn."

Marshall: "Lawyered."

Legendary: Barney's favorite word to describe anything. It's usually interrupted by Barney himself. As in: "That was legen — wait for it, and I hope you're not lactose-intolerant because the next word is — dary!"

Challenge accepted: Barney loves to accept challenges.

Have you met Ted?: Barney's way of introducing Ted to girls. Greatest wingman ever.

Suit up!: Barney's life philosophy.

Slap Bet: The bet to end all bets. If you win, you can slap the person in the face as hard as you can. In the show, Marshall let Barney decide whether he wanted his five slaps at once or over time. (Barney regrettably chose the latter.)

The Bro Code: A set of rules for male friends that Barney lives by.

Wait for it: Often used by Barney to build anticipation for things nobody else really cares about.

—Michelle Stark, Times staff writer


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How I Met Your Mother series finale, and why the show deserves to go down as a legendary sitcom. 



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