Posted by ESC on August 14, 2004
In Reply to: De plane posted by DH on August 14, 2004
: From old TV show Fantasy Island where midget yells "de plane, de plane!" when new planeload of guests flies in, this phrase has become a cultural icon, with some nine thousand hits in Google. However, the expression has come to have also a metaphorical meaning. Comment? Thanks
I don't know what the meaning was or is. I can give you some history of the phrase.
"Dee plane, dee plane" was Tattoo's catchphrase on the U.S. television series "Fantasy Island" (1978-84). "The surreal romantic drama series starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke, and Herve Villechaize as Tattoo, Roarke's faithful dwarf side kick." Mr. V. also starred in a 1992 Dunkin' Donuts TV commercial where he asked for "Dee plain! Dee plain! Donuts." From "The Oxford Dictionary of Catchphrases" by Anna Farkas (Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York, 2002)