Help me come up with Pop Culture ways of saying goodbye
February 20, 2014 8:23 AM   Subscribe

I was thinking last night that I would would like to start being cooler. One way I have came up with is by using some really cool parting words when leaving work or groups of friends (hopefully I can get some with this new "cool" plan). Some phrases that I came up with were "Stay gold Ponyboy" and "Be Excellent to each other". Now wouldn't I be cool? But that won't get me very far down the road. What are some other awesome Pop Culture phrases I can use to leave a cool impression on people?
posted by kenaldo to Society & Culture (68 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
"Smell you later forever."
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:27 AM on February 20 [3 favorites]

"You stay classy, San Diego."
posted by BlahLaLa at 8:29 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

Live Long and Prosper/Peace and Long Life are the traditional Vulcan greetings and farewells from Star Trek.

"So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"
posted by inturnaround at 8:29 AM on February 20 [4 favorites]

"Shane, come back!"
posted by straw at 8:30 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

"Keep it real."
"Stay frosty."

"Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow."
posted by ODiV at 8:30 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Hasta la vista, baby.
posted by K.P. at 8:32 AM on February 20

I'm just getting a mental image of an 80's guy in sunglasses saying "check ya later, baby" and "see ya on the flip side."

But really, purposefully trying to be cool is never cool.
posted by catatethebird at 8:33 AM on February 20 [40 favorites]

Cool people do not do this.

"Stay classy" or maybe "check you later" is the only thing I think you could get away with, and it'll still sound stilted and uncool.
posted by Sara C. at 8:35 AM on February 20 [14 favorites]

Later, haters.

Catch you on the rebound.
posted by 4ster at 8:39 AM on February 20

You need to come up with a situational one-liner pun, put on your sunglasses, and walk out.
posted by phunniemee at 8:40 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Just be all: "I'm outta here [hair] like a bald guy" or, "I'm out like a girl scout" or, "I gots ta biz-ounce." Then twist your fingers in some meaningful way and be like, "Late."
posted by little_dog_laughing at 8:40 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

My brother can really sell the, "See you in hell!"
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:42 AM on February 20 [4 favorites]

Sorry. I should clarify. I'm looking for pop culture quotes I can use as a goodbye.
posted by kenaldo at 8:42 AM on February 20

I like a simple "Laters".
posted by dawkins_7 at 8:47 AM on February 20

"take it easy--and if it's easy, take it twice."
posted by syrenka at 8:48 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

I'm going to hop on the not hip bandwagon.

Just don't, it sounds try hard which just isn't cool.

As a great man once said. It's nice to be cool, but it's much cooler to be nice. So stick to nice, when leaving say goodbye, and I guarantee people will think you're cool.
posted by the_epicurean at 8:48 AM on February 20 [10 favorites]

Vaya con dios.
posted by valeries at 8:49 AM on February 20

Throw up a sideways peace sign and simply say, "Deuces."

Agreed that this isn't necessarily something "cool people" would do, but the OP has specifically stated he/she is "looking for pop culture quotes [to] use as a goodbye." Not our opinions regarding how cool this is/isn't.
posted by pecanpies at 8:52 AM on February 20 [7 favorites]

Whatever, I think cool people definitely do this.

"Five by Five"
posted by Think_Long at 8:53 AM on February 20

Thanks Pecanpies!
posted by kenaldo at 8:53 AM on February 20

"Seacrest out!"
posted by dean_deen at 9:01 AM on February 20 [5 favorites]

Have fun storming the castle!
posted by macadamiaranch at 9:02 AM on February 20 [7 favorites]

"It's been real."
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 9:03 AM on February 20

"Let's blow this popsicle stand."
posted by sperose at 9:06 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

[If you do not have polite ways of questioning the OPs assumptions, please do not comment.]
posted by jessamyn at 9:07 AM on February 20

I understand that taken at face value, this would not be cool. It will all be in the delivery, which I can do. I should not have tried to be funny in my OP. I guess that confused some people. So I am really just looking for the pop culture quotes that would equate to parting words. Thanks for the nuggets that are coming in.
posted by kenaldo at 9:11 AM on February 20

"Valar morghulis."
posted by jcatus at 9:15 AM on February 20 [6 favorites]

"I'm gonna make like a tree and get outta here"
posted by littlesq at 9:17 AM on February 20 [4 favorites]

"Keep firing, Assholes!"

(Once you've employed your goodbye quotes a few times, it might be worth your while to ask a brutally honest friend or two what they think of it.)
posted by DingoMutt at 9:20 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

"Smoke me a Kipper, I'll be back for breakfast."

(Note, if you click the in-line video play thingy it starts at the beginning. Click the link to start at 1:33 where the quote is.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:26 AM on February 20 [7 favorites]

The "cool" factor is not in the words—it's in the quality of the wink that comes at the end of the line.
posted by she's not there at 9:27 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

"I'm off like a prom dress."
posted by tckma at 9:32 AM on February 20 [3 favorites]

"I'm gonna make like a fetus and head out."
posted by onehalfjunco at 9:35 AM on February 20 [3 favorites]

I'm looking for pop culture quotes I can use as a goodbye.

"I'm Audi 5000."

"Goodnight Moon"

"Goodnight, Gracie."

"The sun has gone to bed and so must I. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye."
posted by 23skidoo at 9:45 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

See you later, aggregator*!

*Only funny if you and addressee work for a data aggregation service.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 9:46 AM on February 20 [9 favorites]

Have fun storming the castle!

Oh, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

And from Heathers: Great pate, mom, but I gotta motor if I wanna be ready for that party.
posted by mochapickle at 9:47 AM on February 20


That's how I say goodbye to my fiance whenever he leaves for work and you better believe he thinks it's the coolest thing ever.
posted by pretentious illiterate at 9:48 AM on February 20 [7 favorites]

Be Excellent to each other

I like to take this one step further with "Catch ya later, future dudes!"
posted by aubilenon at 9:50 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

oh foo, I didn't see macadamiaranch's comment... so here's one from Henry V instead:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends!
posted by mochapickle at 9:51 AM on February 20

"Let's blow this joint."
posted by corb at 9:54 AM on February 20

You should either:

1. re-enact, in its entirety, the Spock-Kirk death scene from Wrath of Khan
2. Whisper something completely inaudible in the ear of the other person(s)

every time you part.

or, more feasibly, just raise your fist a la Judd Nelson in Breakfast Club. Or say "I'm gonna make a like a bakery truck and haul buns"/"It's been a preasure and a plivilege" a la Tom Waits.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:55 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Per aubilenon, one thing I like to say (more to people who are departing rather than when I depart, but it still works) is, "See you... IN THE FUTURE!"

The best thing is that you can start saying this just like anyone says "see you later...", but add IN THE FUTURE! Doc Brown style.
posted by Sara C. at 9:57 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

If you're going to do the Doc Brown "IN THE FUTURE" (which is brilliant btw) then you should def. add in the big whirl around and point and gaze blankly in to the distance.

Bonus points if you can somehow incorporate this the next time you see them, going all Doc Brown and making some grand declaration about it being the future! Perhaps loudly stating "MY FLUX CAPACITOR WORKS!".

I also like the idea of just doing a huge dramatic "NO, DON"T GO! YOU'RE ALL I"VE GOT" sob thing where you cling awkwardly to them, and then abruptly stop and without another word or look walk away. It isn't popculture-y, but it can be funny as hell done right.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:00 AM on February 20 [2 favorites]

You can run out of the room yelling "LEEEROYYYY JENKINNNNS!"
posted by missjenny at 10:11 AM on February 20 [9 favorites]

If you are leaving with someone else:

I'm hungry. Let's get a taco.
posted by maya at 10:14 AM on February 20

"This place is dead anyways"

Preferably with "dead" real drawn out.
posted by hydrobatidae at 10:25 AM on February 20

For the naysayers, what constitutes 'cool' is subjective. My brothers and I routinely quote pop culture, and sure, maybe we're only cool to each other. But even if we are massive try hards-- being super uncool is the new cool, don'tcha know! Anyway, OP, I don't blame you for wanting to be cool like us.

Anyway. Here's a couple we use:

John McClane: "Happy trails, Hans."

RoboCop: "Stay out of trouble. "
And, "Excuse me. I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening."
And "Thank you for your co-operation. Good night." (especially useful after throwing someone out a window.)

Sometimes, for sarcasm, we like to use: "Never let go, Jack!"

If you're going somewhere with someone: "Git to the choppah!"

I know you wanted parting quotes, but I had to add it. When someone shows up, for a greeting, we like to use the applicable; "Welcome to the party, pal."
posted by Dimes at 10:30 AM on February 20

"Gnight! Don't let the flesh eating demon bed babies bite!" is a line from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, which was really really cool when I was 14 and totally, unredeemably uncool now that I am a grown-up. But I still like that line.
posted by NoraReed at 11:13 AM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Following from the Heathers reference above, you can do this as a two-stager (or trade off according to whim)/ There's "Great pate, mom, but I have to motor if I want to make that party". Then, later, there's "Great pate, mom, but I have to motor if I want to make that funeral." I am sure there are applications for the varied degrees of severity in saying goodbye.
posted by Because at 11:35 AM on February 20

It's been emotional.
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:48 AM on February 20

May the force be with you... always.
posted by Jacen at 11:59 AM on February 20

Stay pink, soft and oily!
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:07 PM on February 20

I choose me.
posted by vespabelle at 12:08 PM on February 20

"I have to return some videotapes."
posted by ODiV at 12:56 PM on February 20

"I'm ghost like Casper."
posted by box at 2:49 PM on February 20

See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.
posted by Wantok at 4:22 PM on February 20

Not sure how "Pop Culture" this is, but I'm partial to "Don't forget to be awesome."
posted by Aleyn at 5:28 PM on February 20

A few nights ago at the bar, my friend slowly stood up, put on his coat, and wearily said "shine on, you crazy diamonds." It made me chuckle.
posted by Charity Garfein at 7:05 PM on February 20 [1 favorite]

See you at the party, Richter!
posted by mokin at 6:28 AM on February 21

I like using the old "Make like a ____ and ____" cliche, but getting them wrong by pairing them incorrectly:

"I'm gonna make like a shepherd and leave."
"I'm gonna make like a tree and get the flock out."
posted by jbickers at 9:19 AM on February 21

"Let's kick this popsicle stand" is great for when you're leaving with another person.

I guess you could alter it to "I guess I'm going to kick this popsicle stand" or something if you're leaving on your own, but meh.

I remember having a (very white) friend in college who unironically used "bounce", like "Well I guess I'm gonna bounce," "You guys ready to bounce?", etc. which was hilarious. Probably not in the way she intended, but it was just the right kind of dorky sweet.
posted by Sara C. at 9:29 AM on February 21 [1 favorite]

If about to go for a car ride with someone: "To the Beemobile!" (Also serves as a shibboleth for detecting fellow early Simpsons nerds.)
posted by usonian at 4:27 PM on February 21 [1 favorite]

Hmm. "To the winch, wench!"" ??
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:28 AM on February 22

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