Bada bing bada boom is a slang phrase, used especially on the East Coast of the United states to wrap up a story, similar to the phrase “long story short”.
The expression is used in a way that the speaker presumes that the listener knows the course things will take, and skips over the details to the conclusion.
It is also widely associated with figures in the Italian mafia, who use it to imply that something is concluded.
The phrase is accredited to Brooklyn based Italian-American comedian Pat Cooper, who is known for his Italian-inspired “Brooklynisms”; phrases like “fuhgeddaboudit” or “whattamigonnado”.
“Bada bing bada boom” appeared in his 1958 The Italian Wedding, where Cooper mentions the phrase in a description of two relatives, eating capicolla sandwiches.
After the 50’s, the phrase got more and more incorporated into the lingo of Americans, especially around New Jersey and New York City.
Over the years the expression got associated with the Italian mafia, and appears in several motion pictures and other content, centered around the crime syndicate.
“Bada bing bada boom” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003, with a couple other entries being added to the list since then.
- Urban Dictionary – Bada Bing, Bada Boom