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Old 08-21-2016, 03:16 PM
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What does "Sit on it!" mean? (Fonzie)

When Fonzie would get pissed at someone he would tell them to "Sit on it!"

What does that even mean?
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:19 PM
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I think it's a way of saying "stick it up your ass" that wouldn't get shut down by the censors.
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:42 PM
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What does "Sit on it!" mean? (Fonzie)

Also can mean "sit down and shut up"

It was right up there with "Kiss my grits" (from Alice).

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Old 08-21-2016, 03:46 PM
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For the full effect you would extend a middle finger and say "Sit on this," "Sit on it and swivel" or "Sit and spin."
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:47 PM
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Step 1: Lick your index finger.
Step 2: Hold the finger up in the air.
Step 3: Say "Sit on this, and spin."

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Old 08-21-2016, 04:17 PM
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"Sit on a rocket and do twirls."
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:25 PM
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For the full effect you would extend a middle finger and say "Sit on this," "Sit on it and swivel" or "Sit and spin."
Or "Sit on this and rotate."
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:48 PM
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Best time they used that line was when Ralph accidentally backed over Fonzie's motorcycle but at the end somehow eventually gets it fixed (or gets him another one, I forget). When he gives it to him Fonzie is slowly looking it over and then Ralph says, "Sit on it Fonzie" and the Fonz nearly punches him. Ralph quickly clarifies, "No no, I mean try it out! Try it out!".
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:35 PM
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For the full effect you would extend a middle finger and say "Sit on this," "Sit on it and swivel" or "Sit and spin."
It actually means "shove it".

Your version is equivalent to saying "I'm going to shove my finger up your asshole", which isn't exactly a put-down.


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Old 08-21-2016, 10:14 PM
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It means 'Up your nose with a rubber hose"
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Does anyone know if that phrase existed in the 50s? Or anywhere ever before Happy Days? On a related note, watching the show in the 70s it was the first place I ever heard the word 'nerd' before (they called Potsie one).
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:39 AM
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It means the same thing as "Swivel."
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:20 AM
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Yeah, "sit on it" = "shove it" = "shove it up your ass".
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:28 AM
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Does anyone know if that phrase existed in the 50s? Or anywhere ever before Happy Days? On a related note, watching the show in the 70s it was the first place I ever heard the word 'nerd' before (they called Potsie one).
Pretty sure it was a family friendly insult invented by the writers.

No one knows for sure what it meant. Could be sit down and shut up. Maybe, shove it. Basically it's just a insult Fonzie could use without getting the Network censor upset.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:31 AM
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They made up a lot of silly stuff trying to make Fonzie cool.

Hitting the jukebox to make it play a song.

Snapping his fingers and girls rush too him.

Silly stuff that only exists in a sitcom
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:04 AM
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It actually means "shove it".

Your version is equivalent to saying "I'm going to shove my finger up your asshole", which isn't exactly a put-down.


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In junior high school, in the late 70s/early 80s, it was considered highly insulting. It was usually said by a male to a female, the implication being vaginal rather than anal. When said by a male to another male, you were casting aspersions on his masculinity.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:42 AM
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Best time they used that line was when Ralph accidentally backed over Fonzie's motorcycle but at the end somehow eventually gets it fixed (or gets him another one, I forget).
That's probably the best for making a joke out of it, but I have a different favorite.
I don't remember any of the story leading up to it or the specific exchange during the scene but Mrs. Cunningham is getting increasingly frustrated about something and Fonzie says something to agitate her and Mrs. Cunninham tells The Fonz, "Oh, SIT ON IT, Fonzie!"

She even called him Fonzie instead of Arthur, which she usually called him.

It was great because she was absolutely the only person on the show who could have ever gotten away with telling Fonzie to sit on it. And it worked- totally shut the Fonz up and put him in his place.

I have some vague (possibly mistaken) memory of Richie telling Fonzie to sit on it once but without nearly the same impact.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:37 AM
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For the full effect you would extend a middle finger and say "Sit on this," "Sit on it and swivel" or "Sit and spin."
No, for the full effect, you need a studio audience to exclaim, "OOOOOoooohhhh!" after you tell someone to sit on it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:41 AM
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I think it's a way of saying "stick it up your ass" that wouldn't get shut down by the censors.
This. Most of the other famous "rude insults" that are actually kind of meaningless have already been quoted above.

Now, of course, most shows can get a lot cruder and don't need goofy-ass euphemisms for anything short of "fuck off" - and the evening cable shows don't need those, either.

There is a long, long history of such euphemisms, enough to fill large dictionaries, found in newspapers and literature back into the 18th century. You could look it up, by cracky.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:42 AM
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Does anyone know if that phrase existed in the 50s?
It did according to Cassell's Dictionary of Slang.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:04 PM
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My recollection, as a teenager in the early 60s, was that in our neck of the woods, the "it" to be sat upon was the other person's thumb.
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:12 PM
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We used to say "Sit on it and rotate" along with flipping the bird.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:28 PM
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From my Junior High School Coach:

You take the little square of toilet paper. You fold it in half. Fold it again, diagonally. Do that again and you have this little triangle of paper. Tear the top of it off, open the paper and it has a hole in it. Put your middle finger through the hole, stick it up your ass and twirl it around. Pull your finger out and use the paper to wipe your finger as you pull it off.
And people think we don't know about conservation of resources.

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