Other Catchphrases John Wilkes Booth Considered Before “Sic Semper Tyrannis!”

“You can’t HANDLE the Booth!”

“Carpe Shootem.”

“Et ME, Brute?”

“Valar Morghulis.”


“Did I do thaaaaat?”

“Yippie-Kie-Yay, Mary-Todd-Fucker!”

“That’s MY ‘campaign contribution.’”

“Avengers (of white grievance) ASSEMBLE!”

“Four score and seven years a-NO!”

“No, you Republi-CAN’T!”

“Exit, stage left!”


“Cleanup on aisle 3!”

“Abolitionist? Abolition-THIS!”

“To Confederacy…and beyond!”

“All lives matter.”

by Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan is a screenwriter for television, video games, and transmedia, as well as an award-winning author and graphic novelist. His humor writing has appeared in MAD magazine, National Lampoon, Points in Case, and Jest. Arie’s television writing credits include World’s Dumbest (TruTV), Cyberchase (PBS Kids), and Codename: Kids Next Door (Cartoon Network). Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com, and follow him on Twitter at @ariekaplan