I Sell Propane and Propane Accessories

I Sell Propane and Propane Accessories

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Added Dec 21, 2011 at 12:47PM EST by Nobody115.

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“I sell propane and propane accessories” Is a phrase used by Hank Hill from the animated television show King of the Hill. It has gained popularity on the internet in various forms first as an image macro, and then as a snowclone.

Origin

“I sell propane and propane accessories” Is a phrase occasionally said by Hank Hill, the main character of the animated show King of the Hill, created by Matt Judge for FOX in 1997. Hank is a propane salesman for the fictional company Strickland Propane in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas. Hank loves his job, and it is central to his identity as a person, and therefore it is featured heavily in the show.[1]

The phrase itself, and specifically the redundancy of saying “propane and propane accessories,” is used as a pastiche of the overbearing attitude of many salesmen and tradesmen. While Hank is not like this, he uses the phrase almost subconsciously; asked what his job is, he would invariably respond “I sell propane and propane accessories.”[2]

Usage and Examples

The first image macros using this term were simply images of Hank Hill with the exact phrase as their caption. These were used to poke fun at people who bragged about great achievements on forums; selling propane and propane accessories is a pretty mundane job, but Hank gets a great deal of satisfaction out of it.

Soon after, however, it was developed into the snowclone that is commonly used today. The snowclone is overlaid on an image of a person, usually a celebrity or well-known figure, and is adjusted accordingly. It is usually used to make fun of stereotypes and activities/jobs associated with certain individuals, as in the examples below.

Search Interest

As shown below, search interest began in late 2010 and reached its peak in August of 2011.

External References

[1]Wikipedia – Hank Hill

[2]Wikipedia – King of the Hill

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