If you’ve listened to MJ and the MJ Morning Show on Q105 or its former station for any length of time, you’ve likely picked up on several key phrases MJ is known for uttering regularly. Let’s take a look at six of the biggest “MJ-isms.”
1) “Haven’t even scratched the surface…”: When MJ is talking about things coming up during a particular show, he’ll often use this phrase to imply that the crew has plenty more “scratching” of the “surface” to do. His obvious goal is to ensure listeners don’t tune out because of how much material is in the hopper to be discussed– and what great content they will miss if they do, such as the “9:10 must-hear story.”
2) “A lot to get to…”: It rarely matters what day of the week it is, or even how much time is left during a given broadcast. MJ always says he’s got lots of material to cover. While this might sound like hyperbole at times, it is absolutely true that he is a show prep machine, and he does consistently leave tons of content on the table after each show ends. If only he had time to do a post-show podcast with the leftovers…
3) “Stand by”: Another key phrase MJ will mention is for listeners to stand by and not leave their radio, whether they listen at home, in the car, on Alexa, or through one of the many apps.
4) “Little Cayman”: This is a tiny little island within the Cayman Islands that MJ and his family have been visiting for years, mostly for scuba diving. MJ always pronounces it “Cay-man” rather than “Cay-min” like most others will say when referring to the Cayman Islands or Grand Cayman.
5) “Unbelievable”: This might be MJ’s favorite adjective, if not word in general. When talking about crazy happenings in stories the crew is discussing, it’s one of his go-to keywords. On occasion, he draws it out into two specific syllables, saying “un-believable.”
6) “Cauliflower”: Primarily a white vegetable, but one that also surprisingly comes in yellow, green, and purple hues, MJ seems to mention this word once in a while when talking about the various dishes he is known to cook. However, the crew always chides him on his pronunciation of the word, saying “colly-flower.”