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There has been that annoying Sprint commercial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRibRj770J8) on the TV lately where Malcolm McDowell screams out "Totes my goats!". So I've googled that but was not satisfied with the explanation from the urban dictionary and sites alike. So what is it anyway?

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Here's what I can figure out: totes is probably a slang intensifier (from totally), and the phrase as a whole is some of my least favorite slang ever. –  snailboat Jan 2 '14 at 1:37
Totes means totally, and *G.O.A.T. means Greatest Of All Time. –  Damkerng T. Jan 3 '14 at 15:14
+1 for "annoying". I am not so sure it is spelled "goats." I usually see it as "gotes" (actually "magotes"). I always thought it morphed from "oh my god"/"omg". –  horatio Jan 3 '14 at 22:20
I read in the script the following "totes" and "Ryan is a total hottie McHotterson", and then "Totes McGotes" .. I think it's omg. Note: No way I would know these by myself without researching which I have not done, but I just checked the commercial after checking godel9's link and horatio's comment which makes the most sense. (FYI) I am not a native speaker. –  learner Jan 4 '14 at 19:05

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Totes is a shortened form of totally, amplified with the common present-day slang suffix -s (compare, for instance, awks for awkward). It was documented on Urban Dictionary as early as 2003 and has probably been around considerably longer: totally itself was identified by F.Zappa and M.U.Zappa, (“Valley Girl”, 1982) as a core emphatic in Proto-Valspeak.

Totes magotes is an emphatic reduplicative form, comparable to easy-peasy or itty-bitty. Several sources attribute its first appearance, and perhaps its coinage, to the 2009 bromantic comedy I Love You, Man (but, again, it may have been around longer:

SYDNEY: You know what, we should jam together sometime, man.
PETER: Yeah! Totally! Totes magotes! Cool!

A comment on this very clip at YouTube clearly (and possibly ironically) demonstrates exactly the same formation processes at work on “crazily adorable”:

Totes McGotes, it's cray-cray adorbs. —TheAndrewj96

The suggestion by Damkerng T. and the source linked by fayalif, that the gotes piece represents G.O.A.T. = Greatest Of All Time is attractive and plausible. I suspect, however, that this is a retrospective folk etymology. Certainly most users betray no consciousness of this origin, spelling the syllable gote rather than goat.

ADDED, 10/23/14:
And now Eric Duft's answer establishes that the phrase was in use as early as 2001.

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Thank you for the mentioning of cray-cray adorbs. Using that as a search term, I stumbled upon this interesting blog post: chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2012/01/20/…. Perhaps it is useful for others too. To me, it's quite eye-opening to read what young people (EY and MY in the post) think. I also learned that, to them, ending an online sentence with a period can appear ironic. :-) –  Damkerng T. Jan 5 '14 at 15:13

I haven't ever seen the movie I love You Man. I had several friends that used the term back in 2001 and 2002. The same friends would use the term "cool beans" and cool beans marines. The term totes magotes in synonym form means awesome or slang "sweet" or right on, or cool bro, right on man. For an example person #1 says "I think I gotta drop some anchor man" person #2 says "right on bro" have a good time. Foreign example: person #1 says "I think I gotta drop some anchor man" person #2 says "totes magotes" have a good time.

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+1 I suspected that the term antedated the movie, but had no evidence. Thank you for providing it. –  StoneyB Oct 23 '14 at 17:08

While I cannot authoritatively prove it, I think it is a nonsense phrase that is just meant to convey emotion in a meaningless way. Compare "Yahoo!" (the word, not the site) which derives from a degenerate species of humans in Gullivers' Travels but means excitement, and "All my eye and Betty Martin." which conveys an opinion that it's trash.

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It can be considered as an exciting way of saying 'yes' or 'totally'. It is actually from a movie I Love You, Man.

You can have some more information from Urban Dictionary

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You guys are killing me. It's from a 2009 movie. I Love You Man.


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Could you elaborate a bit more on this answer? Include the quote in the answer itself, and perhaps explain what it means in context? (More on how to write a good answer here.) After all, the question was "What does this mean?" not "Which movie is this from?" –  starsplusplus Mar 5 '14 at 16:34

Also in "School of Rock" 2003 starring Jack Black. totally bro. Loosely translated or similar slang but not exactness: right on bro, awesome, sweetnees, hell ya.

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May be this would help you out:


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Thanks Gilles, i was unaware about this policy. I will avoid to do so in future. :) –  fayalif Jan 5 '14 at 7:31

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