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PRODUCT A cult Internet rock video showing the syntax-mangling phrase incorporated everywhere on earth

HOW IT STARTED Drawn from the 1989 video game Zero Wing, known for its awful Japanese-to-English translations

JUDGMENT CALL This hip catch phrase are a mystery for us

Nothing is more adored by cubicle-dwelling Gen-Xers than geek kitsch. And nothing is geekier or kitschier than Japanese video games of the 1980s, back when efficient translation was not considered essential. The dialogue of Zero Wing contains such gems as "Somebody set us up the bomb," "Take off every Zig for great justice" and a chilling warning from a...

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