Shawn Nesaw

Quotes and common sayings seem to weave their way into our every day dialogue, but have you ever considered where the sayings actually come from? We’ve compiled a list of brand taglines used in advertising, marketing materials and websites that are also popular cultural sayings. Do you find yourself saying any of these?

  • “That was easy”
  • “Never let ‘em see you sweat”
  • “We’re cooking now”
  • “…like a rock”
  • “Where’s the beef?”
  • “Sorry Charlie”
  • “Think outside the box”
  • “When you’ve got it, flaunt it”
  • “Wassup”
  • “Have it your way”
  • “Be all that you can be”
  • “Give me a break”
  • “Just for the fun of it”
  • “That’s the cold truth”

Now for the true test! Can you tell us from the list above, which ones were taglines first versus which were popular sayings that turned into brand taglines?
Now let’s take it a step further, can you match each with the brand they represent? Below is a list of all the brand names associated with the above taglines and popular sayings. How many can you match? No cheating!
Brand Names:

  • Denny’s
  • Chevy
  • U.S. Army
  • Apple
  • Gillette
  • Diet Coke
  • Braniff Airlines
  • Budweiser
  • Kit-Kat Bar
  • Burger King
  • Staples
  • StarKist Tuna
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Wendy’s

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Shawn Nesaw

Last October we brought you the Top 10 Most Creative Halloween Costumes and we’re keeping the spooky spirit alive this year with A. Bright Idea’s Top 10 Halloween Candies. Share your favorite at or stop by our office for a treat from our purple candy bar!
1. Starburst
Isn’t life juicy?
2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s
3. Bit-O Honey
Suck ’em slow or chew ’em fast, the fun on your tongue was made to last
4. Good ‘N Plenty
Plenty Good
5. Kit-Kat
Give me a break
6. Butterfinger
Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger
7. Hershey’s Bar
The great American chocolate bar
8. M&M’s
Melt in your mouth and not in your hand
9. Twizzler
Makes mouths happy
10. Snickers
Hungry? Why wait?