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English citations of Fonzie

Verb: to thump a machine to make it work, to employ a Fonzie touch[edit]

  • 2007 August 14, “Does Anybody Work For GE?”, in Laura the Crazy Mama[1], retrieved 2012-11-04:
    I keep "Fonzie-ing" it but that isn't working too hot (get it?... I wrote "hot" ha ha I'm so funny :-I). So I just keep praying that it spontaineously fixes itself again []
  • 2008 January 24, missKelly, “When initially turned on the picture jumps around for several minutes”, in FixYa[2], retrieved 2012-11-04:
    'Fonzie'-ing it sometimes helps and the problem generally goes away within 20 minutes.
  • 2008 March 26, Tacchini, Marc, “Wetback Wednesdays: Just the Tip of the Iceberg”, in Pittsburgh Indymedia[3], retrieved 2012-11-04:
    Perhaps it's the ideology's affinity for violence that made Papariella jump the bar to slam a customer's head into the wall because the customer "fonzied" the jukebox.
  • 2009 July 4, Kenzie, Jim, “And it isn't even a full moon...”, in[4], retrieved 2012-11-04:
    I Fonzie'd those back on with a little percussive maintenance, and got home after midnight.
  • 2010 November 17, scottfreestyle, “Can someone help me diagnose this Black Knight?”, in, Usenet[5], message-ID <>:
    The game powers on and everything seems to work, but it won't start a game. It DID work for one single game after I bought it - I "Fonzied" it and we got it to play, but after that, nothing.
  • 2011 July 20, Swisher, Jennifer, “Oh nerdlove.”, in Even in the darkness every colour can be found.[6]:
    Me: How did you fix it?
    Evan: Fonzie'd it said "aaaaayyy" and gave it a thumbs up?
    Evan: No. Hit it with my fist. And THEN said "aaaayyyy" and gave it two thumbs up.

Verb: to make a thumbs up gesture(?)[edit]

  • 2005 August 28, Seaton, Paul, Cats Don't Eat Pancakes, Bloomington: AuthorHouse, →ISBN, OL 8488256M, page 224:
    "Hey, baby." I Fonzied. Inappropriately.
  • 2012 June 19, Yoo, David, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever[7], New York: Grand Central Publishing, →ISBN, page 49:
    "You want to know what the deal is with Happy Jake?" I asked as I turned a chair around and Fonzied in front of her.

Noun: cool person[edit]

  • 1994, Samuel L. Jackson and Amanda Plummer as Jules and Yolanda, Pulp Fiction (Film):
    Jules: Nobody's gonna hurt anybody. We're all gonna be like three little Fonzies here. And what's Fonzie like?... Come on, Yolanda, what's Fonzie like?!
    Yolanda: Cool?
    Jules: What?
    Yolanda: Cool.
    Jules: Correctamundo. And that's what we're gonna be. We're gonna be cool.
  • 2010 May 25, Gutfeld, Greg, The Bible of Unspeakable Truths[8], New York: Grand Central Publishing, →ISBN, OL 24379224M:
    I'm outraged by this, because—and only because—foxes resemble dogs without the subservience. They are the Fonzies, dogs are the Potsies.

Noun: someone playing 1950s style music and/or dressed like a greaser[edit]

  • 2006 August, Portman, Frank, “Give 'Em Enough Hope”, in Spin, page 104:
    A punk-rock sock hop. Is this what we fought the revolution for? At least opening act Dead Kennedys were no Fonzies.

Noun: unit of coolness[edit]

  • 2003 August 3, Billy West as Professor Farnsworth, “Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV”, in Futurama, season 4, episode 6:
    I’ll be the judge of who’s cool, using the cool-o-meter! Good Lord, I'm getting a reading of over forty mega-Fonzies!

Verb: to jump over something with a ramp[edit]

  • 2001 August 20, Stein, Joel, “Digging My Own Grave”, in Time[9], volume 158, ISSN 0040-781X:
    Also, as I was approaching the ramp, I misinterpreted Dennis' signal to slow down for some kind of monster-truck high five and hit the gas instead. I Fonzied five feet over both Caprices, clearing my front wheels by 15 feet.

Verb: (of a fictional character) to make less dangerous[edit]

  • 2001 July 24, Tidwell, John, “Re: Goodbye, Fairwell, and Amen......a missed opportunity.”, in, Usenet[10], message-ID <>:
    Look what they did to Klinger over the years. When he first appeared on the show, it was funny, but there was still an element of danger about the guy. It's like they "Fonzied" him for mass appeal. By the time it was all over, Klinger was as dangerous as Radar's teddy bear.


  • 1980, Hopkins, Lee Bennett, “Sequined Salvia and "Fonzied" Ficus: The Greening of Reading”, in The Best of Book Bonanza[11], Holt, Rinehart and Winston, →ISBN, page 196: