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David Brent The Office

The awkward language of David Brent and The Office

‘David, some words would be useful here’: a sentence of exasperation from Neil Godwin, David Brent’s nemesis in the mockumentary The Office, as he witnesses Brent’s bungling management metaphors and haplessly incomprehensible hand-gestures. As we know, David Brent actually has a lot of words, and most of them lead to podiacide, otherwise known as shooting […]

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Photo of Woody Allen at the Cannes Film Festival

16 Woody Allen quotations

One of the most iconic comic voices in American history, the stinging wit and dry sensibility of Woody Allen offers a distinctly cynical take on 20th– and 21st-century life. In celebration of Allen’s 80th birthday, we took a look through the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5th ed.) and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8th […]

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Yogiisms are now a part of American lore.

Yogiisms: the wisdom of Yogi Berra

What is it that we love so much about the oft-quoted sayings of Yogi Berra? Of all the wisdom that has been handed down from America’s pastime over the past century, none of it

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Seinfeld jerk store

The Jerk Store called… a Seinfeld joke that kept calling and calling

Seinfeld famously added a ton of terms to English, such as low talker, high talker, spongeworthy, and unshushables. It also made obscure terms into household words. Shrinkage and yadda yadda yadda existed before Seinfeld, but it’s doubtful you learned them anywhere else. Another successful Seinfeld term has gone under the radar: Jerk Store. The term was coined in “The Comeback,” when George is unselfconsciously stuffing his face with […]

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New York skyline

Words with Friends: the language of a sitcom

Having been one of the most-watched programmes on television for 236 episodes over ten years from 1994-2004, it was inevitable that Friends would leave its mark on the linguistic landscape, both in its native USA and elsewhere. From Chandler’s distinctive vocal inflections – “could I be any more sorry?” – to Joey’s “How you doin’?” […]

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