September 17, 2018

Bada bing, bada boom

Sam Smith - Some of you may have shared my puzzlement at the Choice Hotel TV ad where the marketer ends up recommending "Badda book, badda boom" as the best way to get the firm's low prices across to people. I let it pass until I read that Paul Manafort had been using a similar phrase. It was clearly time to Google.

Interestingly, given the user, one of the definitions offered on line for "bada bing, bada boom" was:
A term commonly used by members of the Mafia. Slang for "It's finished; taken care of.: Often it is heard in the metropolitan areas of New York, specifically Brooklyn.
A more intense discussion was found on the British site, Phrase Finder:
In the March 2009 "Vanity Fair," "The Godfather Wars," Page 327, actor James Caan discusses his portrayal of Sonny in movie classic "The Godfather." He used "a rapid-fire, Don-Rickles-meets-the-Mob bravado that elevated his character to a whole new level. Then a phrase was delivered to him straight from improvisational heaven. It popped into his mouth as he mocked Michael, after hearing his kid brother say he intended to kill Sollozzo and McCluskey, the corrupt Irish cop who had broken his (Michael's) jaw: 'What do you think this is, the army, where you shoot 'em a mile away? You gotta get up close, like this - and bada-bing! You blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.'

Bada-bing became a mantra for mobsters and aspiring mobsters. More recently, it served as the name of Tony Soprano's strip club in 'The Sopranos.' '....


Anonymous said...

Manafort used this phrase to describe his success in weaponizing false charges of antisemitism against Obama's cabinet. See p.22 of the charging documents. It seems that at least one "senior Israeli Government Official" was willing to play along and use the threat of pressure from US-pro-Isreal groups to support Manafort's gambit. The cynicism would be unimaginable if Manafort hadn't confessed and supplied documents.

Anonymous said...


I must be extra jaded about the tRumpsterfire and his cronies, I find it not only in character, but utterly expected for this ship of fools.