best of Curly Howard's reactions and expressions as catalogued on wikipedia

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Howard also developed a set of Brooklyn-accented reactions and expressions that the other Stooges would imitate long after he had left the act:

"Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk" – Curly Howard's trademark laugh, accompanied by manic finger-snapping (snapping one finger, then the other before cupping your hand and slapping the other down), often used to amuse himself
"Woob, woob, woob!" – cheering used when he was either happy, scared, dazed, or flirting with a "dame"
"Hmmm!" – an under-the-breath, high-pitched sound meant to show frustration
"Nyahh-ahhh-ahhh!" – a scared reaction (this was the reaction most often used by the other Stooges after Curly's departure)
"La-Dee" or simply "La, la, laaa" – his singing used when he was acting innocently right before taking out an enemy
"Ruff Ruff" – a dog bark, used to express anger, showing defiance, barking at an attractive dame, and/or giving an enemy a final push before departing the scene
"Ha-cha-cha!" – a take on Jimmy Durante's catchphrase
"I'm a victim of soikemstance! [circumstance]" – used to express uncertainty
"Soitenly!" ("certainly")[8]
"I'll moider you!" ("I'll murder you!")
"Huff huff huff!" – sharp, huffing exhales either due to excitement or meant to provoke a foe
"Ah-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba!" – used during his later years, a sort of nonsense, high-pitched yelling that signified being scared or overly excited
"Indubitably" – an expression used to feign an intelligent response
His teeth, while chattering nervously, made the sound of a small hammer striking a chisel
"Oh! A WISE guy, eh?" – annoyed response
"Oh, look!" – surprised remark, usually about an everyday object
"Say a few syllables!" – to another (injured) Stooge, usually Moe
Occasionally, the Stooges faced a problem that required deep thought, whereupon Curly would bang his head on a wall several times, then shout, "I got it! I got it!" Moe would ask, "What have you got?" Curly's answer: "A terrific headache."
Despite his mispronunciations, he had an uncanny ability to instantly spell big words, such as "chrysanthemum", if asked. The gag was that Curly never did it, when something important was at stake. In one scene, the Stooges were in a situation where this talent might have landed them a job, but Curly had missed his opportunity. Moe's reaction would be to growl, "Where were you a minute ago?" and then smack him.

Poll Results

Oh! A WISE guy, eh? 9
I'm a victim of soikemstance! 3
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk 2
Woob, woob, woob! 2
Nyahh-ahhh-ahhh! 2
Indubitably 1
I'll moider you! 1
Soitenly! 1
Ha-cha-cha! 1
Ruff Ruff 1
La-Dee/La, la, laaa 1
Hmmm! 1
I got it! I got it!/A terrific headache. 0
Say a few syllables! 0
Oh, look! 0
[His teeth, while chattering nervously, made the sound of a small hammer striking a chisel] 0
Ah-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba! 0
Huff huff huff! 0
big words, such as "chrysanthemum" 0

soref, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

Big fan of La-Dee/La, la, laaa

Josefa, Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:47 (two weeks ago) link

oh a wiiisee guy

hootenanny-soundtracking clusterfucks about milking cows (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 15 March 2023 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 17 March 2023 00:01 (one week ago) link

I'm a victim of soikemstance!

this one captures the essence

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 17 March 2023 00:03 (one week ago) link

For context…

Mark G, Friday, 17 March 2023 05:39 (one week ago) link


I use it to this day in emergency situations

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 17 March 2023 07:11 (one week ago) link

Curly megamix featuring many of the poll options:

Josefa, Friday, 17 March 2023 14:25 (one week ago) link

I will always Woob you

satori enabler (Noodle Vague), Friday, 17 March 2023 14:34 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 18 March 2023 00:01 (one week ago) link

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