7 Everyday Phrases You Didn’t Know Came From ‘Seinfeld’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Seinfeld is likely one of the most well-known comedies ever created and its legacy lives on today. Fans continually reference the most well-liked scenes, episodes, and even one-liners. How many occasions have you ever heard somebody exclaim, “No soup for you!”

But past the within jokes and references, Seinfeld has additionally crept
into the frequent vernacular and change into part of on a regular basis language. Here are the
commonest Seinfeld phrases and phrases you by no means knew got here from the present.

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Calling somebody a ‘close talker’

Even earlier than the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started and folks
needed to keep 6 toes aside, Americans have felt extraordinarily protecting of their private
house. That’s why it’s so relatable — and hilarious — when Elaine’s
boyfriend Aaron
stands a bit too shut whereas speaking and makes everybody
uncomfortable.

Now it’s frequent to listen to folks known as “close talkers.” The present additionally did hilarious bits on each “high talkers” and “low talkers.”

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Describing somebody as having ‘man hands’

Plenty of the jokes on Seinfeld, a present that aired from 1989 – 1998, could be thought of offensive by fashionable requirements. Case in level: when Jerry dates an exquisite lady with unusually giant fingers, which she makes use of to tear open a lobster whereas they’re out to eat. Eventually, her larger-than-average appendages are a deal-breaker for Jerry.

And with that, the descriptor “man hands” turned a factor.

Saying ‘not that there’s something unsuitable with that’

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Speaking of politically right — all through your complete sequence, all of the characters on Seinfeld sometimes comply with up their gripes with the deflective phrase, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” to melt the harshness of what they’re saying.

This phrase remains to be used today for a similar motive.

Getting known as out for ‘double-dipping’

People have been “double-dipping” — that’s biting a bit off one thing after which placing it again right into a communal bowl of dip — even earlier than Seinfeld broached the difficulty. But after the episode “The Implant,” double-dipping turned a part of the nationwide dialog.

In the episode, George will get busted by his girlfriend’s brother Timmy when he’s double-dipping his chip whereas attending a wake. “That’s like putting your whole mouth in the dip!” Timmy says in horror. Eventually, the 2 get right into a bodily battle over the incident.

‘Yada, yada, yada’

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Probably the best-known phrase on Seinfeld is the traditional, “Yada, yada, yada,” which is a funnier approach to say, “Et cetera and so on.” The line encompasses the offbeat, irreverent tone of the sequence that’s been described as being “a show about nothing.”  

Having a ‘Festivus for the rest of us’

George’s dad Frank Constanza, brilliantly performed by the late comic actor Jerry Stiller, made up a secular vacation to have fun on Dec. 23 as a stance towards the commercialism of Christmas.

Even individuals who by no means watched Seinfeld have not less than heard of the unusual vacation Festivus, which once more exemplifies that quirky nature of the present.

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Being a ‘re-gifter’

Like with double-dipping, Seinfeld didn’t invent re-gifting, however they did popularize the phrase. In the episode, “The Label Maker,” Elaine will get offended when her scorching dentist Dr. Whatley (Bryan Cranston) provides Jerry the label maker she had initially given him.

Hence, the time period “re-gifting” turned a well-liked approach to
describe unloading presents that you simply don’t like by giving them to different folks.

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