For a show that claimed to be "all about nothing," Seinfeld ended up influencing just about everything. For a TV series that aired its last episode all the way back in 1998, Seinfeld's cultural influence is almost too huge to comprehend, with countless episode titles, catchphrases, character situations, and more having entered so deeply into the public lexicon that many younger people now use Seinfeld phrases without even realizing it.
Few could have ever predicted that the now-classic TV sitcom, starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards as highly critical and sarcastic New Yorkers would prove to be so enduring, but at this point, it's pretty hard to imagine another sitcom ever being quite as influential. People still watch Seinfeld reruns on a daily basis, all these years later, and as new fans are born, they will probably continue to do so for a long, long time to come.
We all know about the seismic impact that Seinfeld had on popular culture. But do you know which phrases originated and/or were popularized entirely by the show? If your answer is "yes," then now is the time to put that theory to the test. Let's find out for sure, Do These Popular Phrases Come From Seinfeld?
A "Soup Nazi" is a soup chef whom is very, very passionate about the soup that he creates, and thus very authoritarian and strict about who he serves it to. If one does something that offends a Soup Nazi, one can expect the Soup Nazi to refuse to serve them any soup, usually by uttering the phrase "No soup for you!" However, Soup Nazi can also mean anyone who behaves in an authoritarian way about something that others perceive to be menial and unimportant.
Everyone at a party hates a "double-dipper." When there's a bowl of dip, and a platter of chips or vegetables beside it, the double-dipper is a person who dunks their chip into the dip, takes a bite, and then dips it AGAIN, thus putting all of the germs in their mouth right into the shared bowl. Double-dipping can also be done with ketchup and french fries, cheese sauce, or anything that is shared by a group. Due to the negative association, many people are secret double-dippers.
"Burn!" is a phrase one uses to demonstrate that another person got badly showed up, owned, pwned, or otherwise embarrassed in a fashion that the rest of the group deems humorous. It can be combined with other phrases to amusing effect, such as "apply cold water to BURNED area," or "hey, do you need some aloe for that BURN!" Generally, people aren't too happy about being "burned," but it's usually a source of humor for the rest of the group.
"We were on a break!"
This phrase, made popular by television, refers to when two romantic partners encounter some difficulty in their relationship, go on a so-called "break" rather than a full-on "breakup," and during the break, one of the partners seizes the opportunity to sleep with someone else. Different people have different opinions on whether it's okay to have sexual relationships with another person during a break, though the party accused of cheating is likely to utter this phrase as justification for their actions.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
This phrase was originally intended to reference a person being gay, but has since come to mean a person of any other sexual orientation, gender identification, or so on that is considered outside the perceived "norm." It is used by someone when they are identifying another person as being gay, and they would then quickly utter this phrase as a way to make it clear that they are not homophobic against the LGBTQ community, merely pointing out something that they perceive.
Rule 34, commonly referenced as one of the so-called "Rules of the Internet," is actually just a statement that "if it exists, there is porn of it -- no exceptions." This basically means that anything that could ever be dreamed up, no matter how insane, bizarre, uncomfortable, or horrific, can be found in pornographic form somewhere on the world wide web. There are other Rules of the Internet as well, but Rule 34 is certainly the most well known of them.
"Going postal" means to hit the breaking point in one's life, job, or academic career, to the point where one just can't take it anymore, so one goes on an uncontrollable, rage-filled rampage. The phrase is often connected to the stressful realities of working in the post office, and what such a career supposedly does to the employees. However, going postal can refer to anyone stuck in a mundane, repetitive, high-stress work environment, particularly if it is a corporate environment.
Smells like teen spirit.
This phrase is often used to refer to 90s teen culture, a generation which famously wore ripped clothes and plaid, wore their hair and messy, and most importantly, rocked out to grunge music. The definition of "teen spirit" in this context is the source of some speculation, but supposedly it refers to a type of deodorant that was, as it turns out, actually named Teen Spirit. Whether this smell is a good smell or a bad one depends on the person.
You might think you know someone, you might think that they're a good person with no prejudices, but you might be surprised to find out that they're a raging Anti-Dentite. The term "Anti-Dentite," of course, refers to a person who hates going to the dentist, hates dentists themselves, and will do whatever they can to avoid it. Naturally, this refers to a pretty sizable chunk of the population, all of whom could indeed then be referred to as being Anti-Dentites.
These pretzels are making me thirsty.
"These pretzels are making me thirsty" is an example of an uninteresting, boring, and unimportant line, or thing, that can be belabored on to the point where it becomes absolutely ridiculous. When a person's action or belief is compared to "these pretzels are making me thirsty," it is a statement that the person has deeply over-thought their situation, taking a simple problem and turning it into a massive, sprawling issue far beyond what it was ever intended to be. And yes, eating too many pretzels does make a person thirsty.
Yes, it's a real problem that all the men out there have to accept and deal with. "Shrinkage" occurs to a man's genitals when he goes into cold water, such as taking a dip into the swimming pool. The cold temperature causes the area in question to "shrink," in order to protect itself from the cold. The effect of shrinkage is temporary, but it definitely happens, though there are people who don't believe in it, much to the chagrin of those who have experienced it in uncomfortable situations.
It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all outta gum.
One of the most popular "badass" phrases of the 1990s was the announcement "It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all outta gum," as well as the slight alternative version, "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of bubblegum." Either way, this phrase is used to illustrate one's own machismo, and demonstrate that one is about to blow open a can of... you know. However, the phrase should be delivered with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
This phrase refers to a person who is worth having sex with, even if one's favored form of birth control is expensive and in short supply, thereby indicating that having sex -- if the sex were to be poor -- would be wasting the birth control. The "sponge" in the phrase is a reference to the birth control sponge, or contraceptive sponge, a form of birth control which both contains spermicide and blocks the entrance to the uterus. The rumor is, sponges can sometimes be hard to find.
A close talker is a person who, when they are talking to you, comes way, way, WAY too close for comfort, for no reason at all, to the point where you can smell whatever they just ate, and notice bits of food stuck between their teeth. The close talker is generally quite friendly and likable, other than this obnoxious habit, and usually possesses no awareness of the fact that they are a close talker, much less that doing so might make others uncomfortable.
The Friend Zone
The Friend Zone is a non-physical space that occurs when one person is romantically attracted to another, and the other is not attracted, but wants to remain friends. This means that the attracted person is placed in "the Friend Zone," often hearing about the other person's actual romantic attractions to others, at which point it would be perceived as rude for them to attempt to make an advance. Of course, it's hard for a platonic friendship to work when one person has romantic intentions for the other.
Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
This phrase is uttered as a warning to a person who is teetering a little too close to the edge of upsetting a person. The person making the warning is trying to gently persuade them that they should step back now, lest they awaken the rioting, rampaging beast that will burst to life if the threatening person DOES, indeed, become angry. If this is uttered to you, it would be advised to step away very quickly, with no delay at all.
This rather rude phrase is used to describe a feminine woman who possesses hands that one perceives as being extremely large, muscular, callused, and masculine compared to the rest of her appearance, and often possessing an extremely strong grip that can easily crack lobsters. This signifies that the woman's appearance doesn't match the masculinity of her hands, supposedly creating a disconnect in the minds of a person who is excessively critical of such things. It would be used in the sense of saying, "she has man-hands."
A victorious exclamation meant to denote that one has triumphantly succeeded at an incredible task, and wants to show it to the world. For example: "I just won the marathon, booyah!" It can be used similarly to such phrases as "yahoo!" or "yay!" or "whoohoo!" and, for all intents and purposes, means exactly the same thing. However, booyah is usually said in a lower tone, and often accompanied by gestures like a high-five, slamming a basketball to the concrete, and so on.
A moose knuckle is, to put it bluntly, the male version of what is often called a "camel toe." It refers to what happens when a man wears pants, underwear, or shorts that are so tight (or loose) as to be extremely revealing about the size of and shape of their nether regions, in a way that others find either attractive, repulsive, or amusing. The phrase is named due to the area's supposed resemblance to, of course, a "moose knuckle."
Blood is thicker than water
The phrase "blood is thicker than water" is on one hand, of course, a simple fact: blood is thicker and heavier than water. However, the phrase is usually meant to signify the notion that family relationships are supposedly more important than friendships, and if forced to choose, one should always make the choice of family. The "blood" in this phrase is based on the idea that families are linked by common genetics, though it can sometimes be used to refer to adopted families as well.
The Jerk Store
Not every comeback or joke is a good one. When one is slighted, and feels the need to make a comeback in order to save face (and make the other person lose face), one might make the terrible, not-funny, nonsensical comeback of "Well, the jerk store called, and they're running out of you!" This phrase has come to signify any bad comeback of a similarly bad variety, because it IS bad, since there's no such thing as a Jerk Store.
A so-called headbanger is a person who listens to loud music, usually of the heavy metal variety. Headbangers generally tend to have long hair, or at least long enough to whip in the wind when their head is thrown about. They are called as such based on the notion that as the music is at its heaviest, a headbanger will begin pumping their head up and down, throwing their hair around in all of his excited, sweaty glory as they thrill to the music.
Can't spare a square
The "square" in this phrase is referring to a square of toilet paper. This phrase comes as a result of a situation wherein one is in a public bathroom, and after going, discovers that there is no toilet paper, and asks the person sitting in the next stall if they can pass some over. The person in the other stall, if they are selfish, would then respond that they "can't spare a square," thus leaving the first person stuck in a situation with no toilet paper.
Yadda Yadda Yadda
The phrase yadda yadda yadda is intended to gloss over details that the speaker feels may be uninteresting or unimportant to the person listening; basically, it's the equivalent of one saying "blah blah blah." For example, one could say that "We went to the doctor, and yadda yadda yadda, I have some new medicine to take." Of course, what a person considers worthy of a "yadda yadda yadda" might be seen as offensive by another person, if they disagree on the matter.
A neckbeard is a term used to refer to a type of thick, unruly beard that grows only on a man's neck, while the rest of their chin and face is actually hairless: it is seen as an unattractive look. Neckbeard can also mean the PART of a beard that grows on a man's neck, if it becomes excessively thick. A "neckbeard" is also a person who is seen as socially awkward, antisocial, rude, unhygienic, and -- most likely -- possessing a neckbeard of their own.
A puffy shirt is seen as a rather ridiculous fashion statement, since it's a term used to describe a shirt that resembles the sort of thing a pirate might've worn. It's definitely no longer in style, and there's really no way to pull it off, since the shirt is so ridiculously puffy. Of course, there are some people who have tried (unsuccessfully) to make the puffy shirt into a new trend. "Puffy shirt" can also mean an ugly piece of clothing that someone reluctantly wears as a favor to someone else.
Turd Ferguson is, as described by the first person who ever said it, "a funny name." It doesn't mean too much beyond that, and it's usually used as a prank name when people play games, do prank calls, enter online forms, and so on, but don't want to use their actual name. Obviously, using the name Turd Ferguson might strike some people as rude, particularly if they don't realize the TV series that the name is a familiar reference to.
"Eat my shorts!"
The phrase "Eat my shorts!" is a funny insult made popular in the 1990s. It's not USUALLY an actual request for a person to eat another person's shorts -- though it sometimes is, and has been done -- but usually more of a middle finger-style, tongue wagging insult delivered to someone whom once has shown up in some big or embarrassing fashion. It's meant to be delivered as a joke insult, so few people could actually take much offense to it.
Shiksappeal is the appeal of a "shiksa," or a gentile woman. The term "shiksappeal" is a phrase used to refer to a potential attraction that a Jewish man may have to a decidedly and clearly non-Jewish woman, due to the fact that he may feel that the non-Jewish woman is forbidden. This forbidden element is what gives a non-Jewish woman her shiksappeal, to the point where she may find herself the subject of fascination by a number of Jewish men.
Gronking is something that occurs in a moment of achievement and victory, where the celebratory person takes an object -- for example, a football they just scored a touchdown with -- and spikes it to the ground, hard. While people might throw objects at the ground for any number of reasons, gronking is specifically a celebratory gesture, not an angry one, though the object that gets gronked can be just about anything, including a shirt, a glass, food, or what have you.
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and many of us have experienced the struggle of trying to be a civilized human being before we're able to have our first drink of that wonderful dark nectar. The steep challenge of trying to make any kind of serious, rational, or worthwhile decision before one has a cup of coffee is called "procaffination," ala procrastination. Basically, don't try to make any decision until after you've poured yourself a cup. Trust us, things will be better that way.
"How YOU Doin'?"
"How YOU doin'?," said with that special emphasis on the "you," is a pickup line. It's not a very good one, obviously, but it's seen as shockingly effective, though that might have more to do with the person saying it than it does with the line itself. The line is repeated ad nauseum, sometimes to multiple people in the same room, and while it's understood to be a really cheesy line, it generally tends to work as far as its goal in initiating conversation.
Master of your domain
No, we're not talking about dukes, kings, lords, castles, landlords, or any of that. To be "master of one's domain," is to be a person with strong enough will, perseverance, and stubbornness that one can actually refrain from masturbation for an extended period of time, without giving in, and even if one is currently not having regular sexual relations with anyone. To be considered master of your domain is quite an achievement, certainly, that very few are actually capable of.
A low-talker is someone whose speaking voice is, so, so quiet and inaudible that it's almost impossible to hear or grasp what they are saying. Even when being asked to repeat themselves, the low-talker still tends to speak so quietly that others have to strain to listen. This produces many social problems, since after a point people will give up and pretend to understand what was said, even if they don't, and subsequently agree to things that they may not have agreed to otherwise.
"Yo mama so ____"
People don't tend to take well to insults about their mothers, and this one is the ultimate example of that, where the phrase "Yo Mama so..." is then followed by any number of insults, such as "fat" or "dumb." On the other hand, Yo Mama jokes are often so outlandish, ridiculous, and overplayed that it's hard to view them as actually being personal insults, and sometimes they are actually shot back and forth between people as a sort of game.
Regifter, regifting, et cetera
Have you ever spent hours looking around, choosing the perfect gift for someone, giving it to them, receiving a warm thank you... only to find out, some time later, that they apparently cared so little for the gift that they actually gave it to someone ELSE, as a gift? This is called regifting, and the perpetrator of such a vile act is, once discovered, known as a regifter. Regifting is seen as exceptionally rude, and people tend to not feel very forgiving about it.
Supposedly, "Unagi" is a Japanese fighting style, defined as being a state of mind where one has absolute, total awareness of all of their surroundings, and can thus defend themselves from any sort of attack, no matter how unexpected, since the Unagi expert is always aware. It's a deep, spiritual state of mind, that few can reach. Some claim that Unagi is actually just a type of sushi, but that is merely because they have never encountered a master of Unagi before.
Based on the term "bimbo," which usually refers to a woman who is perceived as being extraordinarily good looking but not intelligent, a "mimbo" is simply the male equivalent: an extraordinarily good looking guy who doesn't have much of a brain. Obviously, it's not a compliment, though because mimbos are unintelligent, they likely don't realize that being called a mimbo is such an insult, or they don't care, because they are presumably attractive enough to have no real problems when it comes to the dating world.
Yelling "Leeeeeeeroy Jenkins!!!" at the top of one's lungs is a battlecry that one screams while doing what one might perceive as a brave stunt, but a stunt that others perceive as a stupid, idiotic move that messes things up for everyone else. No one likes it, generally. It was originally yelled by Leeroy Jenkins himself, and it has became familiar enough that doing such stupid moves is sometimes called "pulling a Leeroy," while people who perform these stunts are known was "Leeroys," themselves.
They're real, and they're spectacular!
The original use of "they're real, and they're spectacular!" was made by a woman who possessed breasts that were perceived as too perfect to be real, and thus accused of plastic surgery. Since its original utterance, "they're real, and they're spectacular," while always a reference to the original statement, has been used to refer to anything that people perceive as being too good to be true, but which actually IS true, and should never have been doubted in the first place.
In December, some people celebrate Hanukkah. Some people celebrate Christmas. Some celebrate Kwanzaa. What very, very few people celebrate is Festivus, a rather less joyous holiday where the conventional Christmas tree is instead replaced by a small metal pole, basic and undecorated, and the holiday dinner is a time where the official "Airing of Grievances" takes place, wherein everyone gets to tell everyone else the ways in which their family and friends have offended them over the last year, and why it's not okay.
Summer of George
Sometimes, summers are spent working tirelessly, and giving little in the way for oneself. But sometimes, one gets laid off, goes on a vacation, or gets to do steal those few months to do everything they've been wanting to do the rest of the year, and in this instance, once could be said to be having a "summer of George." On the other hand, if one experiences what could be called the worst summer ever, this would also be a summer of George.
You know, some people have it easy. They can just get on any bed, or maybe even the floor, hit their face to any pillow, and just sleep the night away. But for many of us, we require sleeping condiments to get a good night's rest: our special pillows, a pillow tucked between the knees, teddy bears, our favorite blanket, a perfect set of pajamas, the noise of the fan blowing from the window, and so on. It's a real struggle.
Everyone knows that women have breasts, but the common public often doesn't take into account that there are plenty of men in the world who have breasts as well, and they also deserve some type of support. Physical support, that is. A bra that is worn by a man is called a manzier, though some would prefer to call it a "bro." Unfortunately, people tend to get rather embarrassed about wearing such a thing, let alone telling anyone about it.
Sleeping head to toe
When two people are forced by circumstance to share the same bed, but they don't want to create any awkward perceptions of intimacy -- much less an actual intimate situation -- they may elect to sleep head to toe. This means that after one person lays down, the other will lay parallel, but with their feet next to the other person's head, and vice versa. While this certainly helps keep intimacy from happening, it can result in people getting kicked in the face.
"I CHOOSE not to run!"
Sometimes, one can achieve a surprise victory through a total accident or mishap that makes it look as if one succeeded through their own means, even though they did not. In such an instance, one may not be keen to repeat the prior competition, since one knows they didn't fairly win. In this case, a person might say that they "choose" not to "run," as an excuse for not doing so, when in reality they simply do not want to be embarrassed.
No Shave November, or Movember
Both No Shave November and its brother, Movember, are traditions wherein men agree to spend the entire month of November not shaving, and growing a beard, mustache, head hair, or so on, in order to not spend the money or time on a razor. No Shave November (and Movember) lasts throughout the month of November, and is actually a charity event that is celebrated by millions of people throughout the country. Both Movember and No Shave November actually are slightly different events.
Sometimes in the height of a panicked, stressful, exasperating, and painful situation, one could use a specific catchphrase in order to break the tension, and try to recover -- and one could also scream this supposedly peaceful catchphrase at the top of their lungs. This catchphrase, as it were, could be "Serenity now!," a phrase that has clear implications. On the other hand, some prefer to yell less direct phrases such as "hoochie mama!," which may or may not be more effective.
Talk to the hand
Let's say you've been dealing with an unruly and unpleasant person for too long, you're sick of hearing their voice, and you just want to move on and get back to doing something that interest you. In such an instance, one could tell the unpleasant person to "talk to the hand," a phrase that by definition must be accompanied by a gesture in which one puts their hand (or hands) up, thereby giving the obnoxious party a "person" in which to talk to.
A sugar daddy is an older man, often unpleasant or otherwise unattractive, who possesses a lot of money that he's willing to spend for the company of a young, attractive woman. Women who pursue sugar daddies are explicitly in these relationships for the money, and may be perceived as only getting together with the sugar daddy in order to be there when the sugar daddy dies, thus entitling the younger woman to a wealthy inheritance which they will have afterward.