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What are some famous two-word sayings?

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Many famous two-word phrases come from popular cinema, including "I'm melting!" from "The Wizard of Oz," "Here's Johnny!" from "The Shining" and "My Precious!" from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Other popular phrases include "Be yourself," "Be happy" and "Stay strong."

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In popular culture, it is common for people to repeat memorable phrasing from movies and television. Such two-word phrases include "They're here," from "Poltergeist," "Toga! Toga!" from "Animal House" and "Yeah, baby!" from the "Austin Powers" movie franchise.

Many of the popular two-word phrases that are not related to cinema are meant to be uplifting and positive affirmations of self-worth, or encouragement for individuals going through difficult events. More two-word phrases that many people say to one another include "Don't stop," "Try again" and "Work hard." These phrases can be said to oneself or others to boost morale or keep individuals from giving up on an endeavor.

One of the most popular phrases of all time comes from the ancient Roman poet Horace. "Carpe Diem," or "Seize the day" is a popular Latin phrase in cinema, literature, and popular culture in general. As of 2015, this phrase has even spawned a spinoff acronym "YOLO," or "You only live once."

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