Bill Murray in the OED
When the Ghostbusters film was released in the mid-1980s it gave us many things: an earworm of a theme tune, an ideal group fancy dress costume, and a chance to appreciate Bill Murray’s wonderfully deadpan delivery of some classic lines. But who would have thought that one of these lines would have such an impact on the English language that it would earn itself an entry in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)?
The line in question appeared in the script as: “Okay. That’s it! I’m gonna turn this guy into toast.” But thanks to some ad-libbing from Bill Murray – “This chick is toast” – it was instead the proleptic form which gained currency. The example quotations in the OED show that even two decades after the release of this cult film, this sense of toast lives on in the English language.