17 Lessons Spongebob Squarepants Taught Us About Life
Claustrophobic Doesn’t Mean What We Think it Means
This is another one of Spongebob’s most lasting jokes. When Squidward says that Patrick is making him claustrophobic, Spongebob explains that it means he’s afraid of Santa Claus. That joke has since come so far from its origin that most people don’t know that Spongebob started it.
That alone speaks to the lasting legacy that the show has. Even lines that may seem unimportant in the moment end up having a lasting impact. Part of what made Spongebob so great was the way it became a shared language for the kids who grew up with it. This joke was just one example of that.