Over the years, a couple of expressions have been born out of the games my group have played.
One is a “Fredrico.” This is an obvious dead end or red herring. We were playing Cthulhu and a player was stubbornly flowing the a non-clue. It was obvious to the rest of us by refs body language and tone, but the player completely missed it. The ref closed the adventure and crossed his arms and keep feeding him BS (obviously) made on the spot. Oh, Fredrico was the NPC’s name the player was trying to hunt down but strangely couldn’t find.
Another, is “Going to the Airport.” This is synonymous with being left out of the adventure by doing something dumb. We often say things like, “you know your going to the airport… right?” This expression way born out of a Champions game I ran where the villain lured a player out to the airport and in effect stranded him there for the entire night. There were plenty of clues, but this player shook them off and wouldn’t listen to the other players and stubbornly plowed on (I detect a theme here) anyway. Not my proudest moment as a ref, stranding a PC for the night, but to be fare it was a long time ago and we still use that expression.
Does anyone else have some good ones?