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This phrase originated from The Court Jester (link to 2-second clip).

Hubert Hawkins: I'd like to get in, get on with it, get it over with, and get out. Get it?

Ravenhurst: Got it.

Hubert Hawkins: Good.

However, I have seen it being used as a phrase—"Get it? Got it? Good" (example on YouTube).

What does it mean as a phrase said by one individual, and what are some examples of when one would use this phrase?

  • I'm struggling to understand why this is being closed. Two users think it doesn't show enough research, yet when I google its meaning, this very EL&U question comes up top! There are no easily available resources that adequately address the contemporary usage of this question. And the 3rd closure reason ("primarily opinion-based") seems bizarre! I'm voting to leave it open, as it makes a valuable contribution not just to our site but to the available corpus of online resources on English usage. :-) – Chappo May 9 at 2:57
  • The line is actually a running gag in the 1955 film: in the film script I count five separate occasions when it's used. You can see another occasion at about the 12-second mark in this 2-minute clip. My guess is that the line became more popular when the film gained a new generation of enthusiasts after it became a staple on TV in the '70s. – Chappo May 13 at 8:56
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It all depends on where you put question marks and exclamation marks (or fullstops).

You can have all the four combinations: interrogative-affirmative, interrogative-interrogative, affirmative-affirmative, affirmative-interrogative.

The first example, interrogative-affirmative, which requires two persons:

A: Get it? B: Got it. A: Good.

means:

A: Do you understand it? B: I understood it. A: Good (I'm glad).


The youtube example you provided, interrogative-interrogative, requires just one person speaking:

Get it? Got it? Good.

means:

Do you understand it? Did you understand it? Good (I'm glad).


Affirmative-affirmative, requires two persons:

A: Get it. B: Got it. A: Good.

it means:

A: Obtain it (command). B: I obtained it. A: Good.


Affirmative-interrogative, requires one person:

Get it. Got it? Good.

it means:

Obtain it (command). Did you obtain it? Good.

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Get It-Got It-Good was a British children's TV quiz show back in 1967, as per that IMDB link.

Here's a written instance from the Radio Times, when it was scheduled after the far better known Jackanory.

It's probably not really worth trying to pin down an exact "meaning" for the collocation. Mostly I'd say it's just a typical "three-part catchy name", similar to, for example, Ready, Steady, Go! (a British pop music show from around the same time).

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My answer is only based on the video you posted, as this is the meaning you're after.


He's asking the viewer whether or not they understood what was said. Obviously, a viewer can't respond to a video (even though a lot of children keep trying), so the speaker doesn't wait for an answer from the viewer.

It's similar to "[...], savvy?" (as often said by Captain Jack Sparrow). It is a rhetorical question, implying that the previous statement is important and needs to be remembered.

Note that it's possible to use this in a non-rhetorical sense (when you expect the other person to actually confirm that they understood it), but this is impossible for a Youtube video since you're not having a conversation with the speaker.

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The phrase was popular in the late 80s early 90s. It is typically proceeded by a plan, action, or how the speaker thinks things should go. When they finish with the phrase, it means they aren't kidding around or there is no choice in the matter. For example a parent might have told their kid, "you will be grounded if you don't clean their room. Get it? Got it? Good!" Another example would be A, "we're heading to the park to play basketball." B, "I don't want to." A, "we are playing basketball. Get it? Got it? Good."

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    Hi, welcome to EL&U. This isn't a bad start, but it's lacking two things: detail on where it was used (India? Cornwall? New Orleans?), and if possible, supporting evidence such as a published example. An answer on EL&U is expected to be authoritative, detailed, and explain why it is correct. Can you edit your answer to provide more information? For further guidance, see How to Answer and take the EL&U Tour. :-) – Chappo May 1 at 23:13
  • I don't know about "popular in the late 80s early 90s". For the 25 years since 1995, Google Books has 7 hits. But there are just 6 hits for the preceding 25 years. – FumbleFingers May 7 at 16:56
  • @FumbleFingers of course one of the deficiencies of a book search is that it's unlikely to capture the extent of spoken usage of an expression, and in this particular case, a search can be further complicated by the variable punctuation within the expression. Nonetheless, your links provide quite useful additional data - could I humbly suggest you edit your own answer to add this information? :-) – Chappo May 13 at 8:32

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