10 Most Iconic Phrases From How I Met Your Mother

some of them even went on to become famous Internet memes – true story! Endlessly fun and creative, these catchphrases are actually what made How I Met Your Mother stand out from other shows, so today, we’re listing the 10 most iconic ones. Suit up and enjoy!


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Barney: Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. Marshal: You think so? Barney: Yeah I bet cavewomen got like an extra fish or something if they put out.Marshal: So the oldest profession would-be fisherman.Barney: Withdrawn.Marshal: Lawyered…


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The quirky Robin Scherbatsky has a few specific habits, one of them being the repeating of “but…um,” especially during her pre-morning broadcast in Come On, Get Up, New York! Robin’s unfortunate habit came to the gang’s attention in the episode “Jenkins,” after Ted finds out that his students made a whole drinking game of it – one that inevitably leads to a debilitating hangover.

Things are made worse by the fact that Robin believed her show to be “entertaining” for said students, not knowing it was merely an awesome drinking game.

Wait For It

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In his tendency to over-dramatize and emphasize his statements, Barney is famous for using the phrase “wait for it.” And though the phrase was first used to make his characteristic “legen-wait-for-it-DARY!” sound more potent, it eventually found its way into our daily conversations and even the name of Marshall and Lily’s firstborn son, Marvin Waitforit Eriksen. Naturally, the show’s had much fun with this phrase; notably, the longest period we had to “wait for it” was the four months until the premiere of season 3, given that the phrase was Barney’s last line in season 2.


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In any case, as one of the show’s most prevalent catchphrases, it has had many variations – one of our all-time favorites being: “It will be legen—wait for it… and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is—DAIRY!” and “Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.”


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Though the word has been popular for quite a while now, Barney from How I Met Your Mother wore it out, not just by repeating it to describe everyone and everything (unless they’re legendary) but by his sheer pronunciation of it. And if you revert to the very beginning of season two, you might remember one of Barney’s most memorable quotes that use this word: “When I get sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” Needless to say, this is something everyone should always keep in mind.

Suit Up
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For those of you wondering where Barney got the iconic “suit up” advice from, it’s been the slogan of the suit store where the once-depressed Barney bought his first suit, shortly after breaking up with Shannon. With the help of this slogan, the hippie Stinson dared to “suit up” for the first time in his life, becoming the awesome Barney we all know and love. Interestingly, in all 9 seasons, there are only a couple of episodes where Barney doesn’t “suit up,” such as when attending a funeral. This is because he believes suits should be worn only to celebrate happy events.

What Up

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By now, you’re well aware that Barney’s behind most of the phrases on this list, and this one is no exception. The frequent “What up” would be exclaimed by Barney after one of his frequent sexual remarks, often followed by a demand for a high five. During the series, the phrase has been used in a variety of scenarios, and Barney never refrained from it if he saw the opportunity, regardless of appropriateness. That’s what made it so hilarious in the first place.

True Story

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“True story” is not just one of Barney’s most famous and frequent catchphrases, but one that also went on to become a highly popular Internet meme. The humor element lies in the fact that Barney most often uses the phrase, with a completely straight face, when he states something which he’d like the gang to believe, even though it’s not true. An example of this is Barney’s frequent fake history lessons. Our favorite is his story about the origin of the rule to wait three days before calling a girl back where he explains that Jesus waited the perfect number of days (three) to come back to life.

Challenge Accepted

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It’s no secret that Barney Stinson loves a good challenge. After all, we know he’s an incredibly competitive guy. The challenges he “accepts” are most often in some way connected to picking up women. And no matter how impossible it is, he always puts a great emphasis on completing his challenge … even though none of his friends care if he succeeds or not.

Still, there are a few exceptions where he didn’t quite pull it off, such as the girl with diapers and samosas. But, probably the most impressive challenge Barney ever completed was the one where he gets Robin Scherbatsky to fall in love with him.

Have You Met Ted?

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Every successful wingman has to have an authentic technique for introducing their single friends to potential partners, and Barney’s go-to phrase, in this case, is the simple “Have you met (the person’s name)?” He even adds his little twist to the phrase by elongating the first word and then promptly leaving after putting his best friend on the spot. Yet, the famous “Have you met Ted?” has worked countless times, despite how evil it might seem.

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