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That’s a Paddlin’ is a catchphrase, first spoken by Jasper Beardly, from the animated sitcom The Simpsons. The phrase is used as a template for making fun of strict rules, often captioned on an image of Jasper.
The clip originally came from the Season 6 episode The PTA Disbands, in which the teaching staff at Springfield Elementary goes on strike, leading Principal Skinner to look for voluntary substitute teachers from the community, including local senior Jasper Beardly. Jasper proceeds to meticulously lay out his master disciplinary plan:
“Talkin’ out of turn? That’s a paddlin’. Lookin’ out the window? That’s a paddlin’. Starin’ at my sandals? That’s a paddlin’. Paddlin’ the school canoe? Oh, you better believe that’s a paddlin’.”
Usage and Spread
The phrase was originally intended to comment on corporal punishment in schools, something frequently associated with older generations. But, it quickly turned into a series of image macros and response fads. An action or idea would be questioned, followed by, “That’s a paddlin’.” Online, the phrase is often used to facetiously comment on authority and rules, as well as for pure humour. The action of “Paddlin’” has come to be closely associated with Jasper’s image.
The phrase has gained popularity on online forums, consistent with other Simpsons derivatives.
Search interest for the phrase has remained relatively constant since the start of 2011.