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What movie does the phrase "You got this!" come from? And why does the phrase fill people with comfort?

Asked by Kraigmo (8982points) April 15th, 2022

In the 1970s, nobody said “You got this!”.
Then around 2000 people started saying it. Now you even see it as a motivational sign people can buy and hang up. You hear it in movies and TV shows.
But it must have originally come from a movie.
What movie was that?
And why does this cliché seem to comfort people so much that they’ll write it down in their diary or buy a sign at Hobby Lobby with the phrase on it?

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filmfann's avatar

I don’t know if it originated there, but I think I first heard it on the TV show Friends.

Kraigmo's avatar

@filmfann , that show is in the right timeline. You might be right

SnipSnip's avatar

I’ve heard this all my life. It isn’t new.

cookieman's avatar

Not sure of it’s origin but I can say that phrase has never filled me with comfort. If I’m stressing out about something and someone says, “You got this”, my reaction is, “Exactly. I always ‘got this’. That’s the problem! It’s be nice if someone else had this for a change.”

kruger_d's avatar

I cringe when I hear it. It is the low-hanging fruit of emotional support. It actually kind of implies that you’re on your own.

cookieman's avatar

@kruger_d: Exactly! Sadly, it’s my wife’s go to tactic.

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