Ted and Robin have this running gag, where they salute when words denoting ranks of military staff occur.
For example, if someone says

That's a major problem.

They salute and say

Major problem!

Now, imagine someone says like

It's just tedious in general.

What do they respond? "General period!"?
Has this ever occured in any episode?


That's not how the gag works. The point is to take someone saying "Rank, word" and salute it (as you would if you were in the army and were to encounter that person) not to construct sentences or salute single words.

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  • Where did I say they use it to construct sentences? – cadaniluk Dec 5 '15 at 8:34
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    @cad - Above, in your question. – user7812 Dec 5 '15 at 8:34
  • I cannot tell the difference between what they said in the clip and my example. – cadaniluk Dec 5 '15 at 9:18
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    @cad - In your example, they would be saluting the rank on its own. The gag is that they subtract part of a clichéd phrase like as "it's a private matter" or "that's general knowledge" so that they're saluting the person mentioned. – user7812 Dec 5 '15 at 10:43

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