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15 phrases from Friends that we still use today

Could Friends BE any better?

By Shannon Wilson, 13 April 2016
15 phrases from Friends that we still use today

Friends has given us so much. From spending endless hours binging our favourite episodes, to providing a go-to topic of conversation at work and giving us endless situations we can to relate to, where would we be without it? But did you know that it's also given us some of our favourite phrases? From 'moo point' to 'we were on a break', here’s our rundown of the top 15 Friends quotes we still use today. 

1. WE WERE ON A BREAK

Friends usage: Ross coined and made use of this phrase numerous times in the show to defend his terrible actions during his relationship break from Rachel...

How to use it now: Use this to get out of trouble in a lighthearted way, for example, if you were caught browsing social media when you should have been finishing off that report – any self-respecting Friends fan will immediately see the funny side.

2. MY DIAMOND SHOES ARE TOO TIGHT

Friends usage: Ross roped Chandler and Joey into helping him decide between two women, and Chandler being Chandler, mocked him for his oh so not-a-problem-at-all problem. 

How to use it now: In the age of self-deprecation, use this on yourself when you are bemoaning something that isn't likely to get you sympathy, such as the coffee shop being out of chocolate dust. 

3. COULD I BE ANY MORE…

Friends usage: Everything Chandler says, ever.

How to use it now: This is an easy one to slip into any conversation, ever. Could this be any more addictive?

4. HOW YOU DOIN'?

Friends usage: Joey's signature chat up line.

How to use it now: If you haven't said this at least once, you haven't lived. Plus, in the age of online dating it's a good way to find fellow Friends fans.

5. HE'S HER LOBSTER

Friends usage: Phoebe mistakenly believes that lobsters mate for life – and compares Ross and Rachel to them.

How to use it now: Any two people that should be together, but haven't quite figured it out yet. Even though lobsters don't mate for life, this one has become so steeped in everyday culture that there's even films that reference it (we're thinking of The Lobster with Colin Farrell).

6. THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION

Friends usage: When Ross tells Phoebe and Joey that Rachel is pregnant, they overreact in order to make it seem like they didn't already know.

How to use it now: Any time you're told something you know already or know something you shouldn't.

7. OH. MY. GAWWWWWWWWWWD.

Friends usage: One word: Janice.

How to use it now: Any time anything shocking happens, ever.

8. OH, HERE COME THE MEAT SWEATS

Friends usage: Joey after gobbling too much (an entire turkey!!!) at Thanksgiving.

How to use it now: Everybody remembers Joey's 'Thanksgiving pants' – and to be honest, they are actually quite a good idea. So is saying this after any massive meal ever. We feel you, Joey.

9. I WISH I COULD, BUT I DON'T WANT TO

Friends usage: Phoebe turning down Ross after he asks her to build flatpack furniture.

How to use it now: Any time you want to turn down someone that you have a good relationship with. Whether it's your partner asking for you to go to dinner with your mother-in-law or your friends asking you to help them move house, this one's all in the tone. You never know, you might actually get away with it.

10. THE FRIEND ZONE

Friends usage: You have Joey to thank for this phrase, which he used early on in Friends as he talks to Ross about his relationship with Rachel.

How to use it now: It's hard to believe now, but Friends actually really did popularise the concept of the "friend zone" (when Joey pronounced Ross "mayor of the zone"). We all know how to use "friend zone" these days, but if you're the unlucky soul who's found yourself in the zone, take heart from the fact that Ross and Rachel do, actually, end up together rendering the whole idea a nonsense.

11. I'M BREEZY!

Friends usage: Monica, trying to be cool but instead leaving a desperate message on her ex's answering machine. Youch.

How to use it now: Anytime you're pretending to not to care about something you really do care about, but only in front of those who won't abuse this knowledge.

12. THEY DON'T KNOW WE KNOW THEY KNOW WE KNOW

Friends usage: Monica and Chandler try to keep their relationship secret, but Phoebe and Rachel are out to make them pay. Let's just say it gets complicated.

How to use it now: Any time your friendship group has a secret and you've found out. It doesn't matter how many levels are involved, it's still fun to say.

13. I'M FIIIIIIIIIINE

Friends usage: Ross trying to pretend he's completely on board with Rachel and Joey dating.

How to use it now: Whenever you have to pretend to be ok with something that you aren't really ok about, especially if you want to garner some sympathy.

14. PIVOT

Friends usage: When Ross moves house and they struggle to get his couch upstairs.

How to use it now: Whenever you are trying to fit something somewhere or trying to squeeze into something you maybe just can't fit into anymore (like a children's onesie), screaming 'Pivot!' is likely to make any situation that much more enjoyable.

15. IT'S A MOO POINT

Friends usage: Joey mispronouncing "moot point".

How to use it now: Anytime you should be saying "moot point". It's far funnier, and sort of makes sense, in warped Joey world: "It's a cow's opinion. It doesn't matter. It's moo."

Enjoyed reminiscing over Friend's quotes? Why not reminisce over these 10 Classic Cereal Box Prizes Only An Eighties Child Will Remember next?