I have a friend who is writing a story and he has thus far come up with unique catch-phrases that each of his characters uses throughout the story.

For example:

keep it ominous


you're so flow

For this specific character, he was going to use

I keep it tip-top

but we both agreed that it's ultimately too generic of a term (I'm his editor). We're looking for something along the lines of tip-top, but more unique/original. Any suggestions?

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  • "spiffy"? "spic and span"? "well oiled"? – ohwilleke Nov 10 '16 at 23:47
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    I keep it peak. / I keep it capital. / I floss it ride good, old bean. writers.stackexchange.com – pyobum Nov 11 '16 at 0:31

Consider tickety-boo for this character's catch-phrase, as in "I keep it tickety-boo".

Tickety-boo: (adj.) "British, old fashioned, informal -- as it should be; correct, satisfactory". (Collins Dictionary)

It rolls off the tongue with the addition of the word all as in "I keep it all tickety-boo".


I keep it at the zenith.

The meaning (of zenith) fits:

Collins Dictionary:

    the highest point; peak; acme ⇒ the zenith of someone’s achievements


    • the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body
    • culminating point : acme <at the zenith of his powers — John Buchan>

Oxford English Dictionaries:

    The time at which something is most powerful or successful:
        ‘in 1977, punk was at its zenith’

Google Ngrams says that zenith is declining in popularity, so it might qualify as distinctive (unique/original) while also being readily understood.

In addition, (IMO) the phrase has a certain lyrical property: “keep it” and “zenith” sound similar.  If your friend replaced “I” with two syllables, e.g.,

Always keep it at the zenith.

it would be a syllabically-balanced almost-rhyme.

  • I really like that! I should have clarified initially though - this specific character is an orphan who never got an education, so she doesn't have a very expansive vernacular. therefore, we've got to keep it relatively simple.. – GypsyFirefly Nov 11 '16 at 18:00

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