More than 25 years after the final episode of Seinfeld aired, the popular sitcom’s influence lives on in the American lexicon.  The “show about nothing” gave us “close-talking,” “double-dipping” (a chip), “re-gifting,” and “man hands.” At its peak, Seinfeld had more than 30 million viewers.  As a point of reference, Parks and Recreation drew fewer than 5 million for most of its run.  

Without further ado, let’s revisit 12 Seinfeld catchphrases that still make us laugh.  The final two are lines from the same episode… “The Contest.”

“Maybe the dingo ate your baby.”
Maybe the Dingo Ate Your Baby – YouTube
This is in reference to the 1988 Meryl Streep movie A Cry in the Dark, based on a true story about an Australian woman who was accused of murdering her child but claimed a wild dog ran off with it.

“Serenity now!”
“Serenity Now!” – YouTube
Insanity later.

The 12 Best ‘Seinfeld’ Catchphrases – Flagpole

“I’m not the one going to hell.”
SEINFELD I’m not the one going to hell. Puddy and Elaine – YouTube
Puddy is hilarious.

“Ya gotta see the baby!”
Seinfeld S05E20 The Hamptons – Jerry and Elaine finally get to see THE BABY – YouTube

“A Festivus for the rest of us”/“feats of strength”/“airing of grievances.”
A Festivus for the rest of us! – YouTube

“Yada, yada, yada.”
Seinfeld – Elaine yada yada’d sex – The Yada Yada – YouTube

“No soup for you!”
Seinfeld Soup Nazi – “No soup for you!” – YouTube
Same episode: Kramer dries his clothes in a pizza oven. Kramer prepares a salad in the shower. The neon light from a Kenny Rogers Roasters keeps Kramer awake. Newman is tempted to eat a buttered-up Kramer (I’ve included the gif for this one in the past). Kramer goes on strike at the bagel shop. Jerry mugs an old lady for a loaf of marble-rye bread.

Seinfeld: Shrinkage (Clip) | TBS – YouTube
“I was in the pool!  I was in the pool!”

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that – YouTube
No, not at all.

Two from the “Contest” episode:
“Master of my domain.”
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“You’ll be out before we get the check!”
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They don’t make ’em like they used to, fellow SS denizens.