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You know, things us Negroes say : The Office fan glossary
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May 22nd 2006 edited

You might have called it a linguistic inevitability. New terms develop where there is need; the Eskimos, it is said, have many words for snow. As Office Nation has grown in number and fervor, we have developed our own lexicon for our discussions of the show. This thread is a place to collect them. It includes terms that may exist outside discussions of the show but usually take on specific roles within the context of The Office (such as the second term below). Also included: slang stemming directly from the show itself.

JAM: The most commonly-used Officespeak term; refers to the relationship between Jim and Pam. A portmanteau (blended word) of the characters' names with its roots in pop culture (Brangelina, etc.), it has helped spark a trend of combining the names of other Office couples to refer to their relationships (i.e., Dwangela, KeRyan), including one--RAM--that was actually used on the show (2.15). A root for other words used to refer to the spirit of the relatinship--JAMtastic, JAMminess, etc.

Red-blooded male: Self-description used as a disclaimer by male fans who feel their attachment to JAM to be a poor reflection of their masculinity. Stop worrying, fellas, this is a love story it's OK for us to love.

Sitcom-ish: Having the artificial feel of a conventional laugh-track sitcom. Usually somewhat redundantly applied to the sitcoms themselves, or used in the negative to highlight the realistic (and thus not sitcom-ish) presentation of The Office or some facet thereof.

That's all I have now; I'm off to bed. Feel free to chip in or offer suggestions or tweaks to what's here.

May 22nd 2006

Mockumentary: What it sounds like.

Fitness Orb: A terrific ab work-out the stimulates your "core". 25 dollars a pop.

Unflinchingly Rigid: Strictly defined. Like the rules of Jinx.

Thirsty Schrute: One with straight teeth, perfect breasts, creamy skin, and an acute ability to read gestures.

Malfeasances: Misconduct.

Senpai: Assistant to the Sensei.

A-Bomb: Atomic bomb.

May 22nd 2006

Excellent topic, Nathan.

May 22nd 2006 edited

TWSS: Acronym for "That's what she said," a popular punchline to be said after a second party says a casual phrase that can be used in both the context of the current conversation and in an obscurely sexual context.

TMI: Acronym for "Too Much Information"; used mainly as an alternative to "Don't Go There."

27 Seconds of Silence: A duration of time in which no dialogue is spoken; on lesser shows, such a duration of time would be either be filled with a lame joke about ethnic stereotypes or removed completely; on greater shows, such a duration of time would be considered one of the most poignant turning points of a given story arc.

May 22nd 2006 edited

Incalculcable: Unable to measure

Protruberance: Bruised or swollen elbow after say, bumping it against the wall

Approachabler: More approachable

May 22nd 2006

Perhaps this would be a good place for someone to explain to us ignorants (or am I the only one?) what Dinkin Flicka means.

May 22nd 2006

It means nothing. Darryl made it up. However, I would love to know what Michael thinks it means.

May 22nd 2006

BFD: An acronym for Big F*ing Deal

May 22nd 2006

$5 Lady of the Night: Hooker

May 22nd 2006

Yankee Swap- also known as "nasty Christmas." The bizarre practice, during a group gift exchange, of exchanging the gift you've received for a nicer one currently owned by another participant, often resulting in crushed feelings and tense misunderstandings.

May 22nd 2006 edited

Taking You All In: poker term used by Pam to, apparently, indicate that she has good cards; also an extended metaphor referring to the incalculcable (see reference in post #5, above) number of people captivated by "Casino Night" and the subsequent story arc.

(I don't have any idea how to play poker, but my husband assured me that if "taking you all in" is, indeed, a real poker term, he's never heard it. I'm taking his word for it).

May 22nd 2006 edited

Usually the term is "going all in" when you do it yourself , but I suppose if you're trying to force someone else to go all in, "taking you all in" could be acceptable. I've never heard it used at a game.

May 22nd 2006

Taking someone all in refers to raising to match someone's entire stack of chips. So if I have $200 worth of chips in front of me, my opponent would raise by that amount. I would have to call, with all I have, or fold at that point.

May 22nd 2006 edited

Thanks for the clarification from all of our resident poker players :-) The last half of my definition can still stand all on its own, I think. We have all been, in fact, taken in...in a good way.

May 22nd 2006 edited

The Bucks: Hip, new nickname of Michael's domain "Starbucks".

May 22nd 2006

Later-ish: Intentionally vague unit of time used by Jim to describe when Michael would be showing up at his BBQ. Also known as "never o'clock."

May 22nd 2006

Joy: The key to happiness.

Custardy: A state of punitive detention. One may be put in custardy for the crime of immersing a co-worker's personal effects in Jell-O, even if one considers oneself to be that co-worker's biggest flan.

Constructive compliment: A suggestion that is in no way meant to imply room for improvement. Does not include complaints of coffee breath, BO, or Y2K unpreparedness.

Anal fissures: This is a real thing.

May 22nd 2006 edited

Your Biggest Flan: letting a co-worker know that your custardy-inspired pranks are meant as a show of respect.

May 22nd 2006

I am loving this thread (and the title of it...I am definitely not bold enough to go for something like that). I hope "Office-isms" become so commonplace that everyone in America will recognize them when they hear them. Like shrinkage...or master of his domain...or serenity now...or "no soup for you"...

May 22nd 2006

Loaded Teapot, I say "Serenity Now!" all the time, when I'm at home, alone...all by myself. Ya know, now that I see it in writing, it doesn't sound as funny as it was supposed to.

May 22nd 2006

Ticking Time-Bags -- Breasts

May 22nd 2006

Loaded Teapot, I say "Serenity Now!" all the time, when I'm at home, alone...all by myself. Ya know, now that I see it in writing, it doesn't sound as funny as it was supposed to.

Lori, I say it when my dogs bark...or when my kids argue about what color the sky is...hell, I say it all day long. And it is funny! It always makes me laugh :-)

May 22nd 2006

Philanderer: Evidently, one who gives money to charitable causes.

Flonkerton: The official sport of Icelandic paper companies. From the Latin flonker, meaning "box of paper," and ton, meaning "snowshoe racing." See also flurnington.

Ship: Derivation of leadership.

May 22nd 2006 edited

COLORED GREENS- A leafy vegatable that African Americans eat. Not to be confused with Collard Greens--because as we all know, its offensive to call them "Collard" People.

May 22nd 2006 edited

Collar-blind: the ability to see beyond the differences that seperate warehouse employees with office staff (for instance, some of them like the same girl)

May 22nd 2006

VOMICILIN-an antibiotic that causes seasickness.

May 22nd 2006

northern lights cannibus indica - i'm not sure but it's labeled marijuana.

May 22nd 2006

Second drink: A well-known phenomenon that occurs when ice melts in the remnants of a mostly consumed beverage. A miraculous regeneration process, the Lazarus of libation.

Negative: Good. (n.b.: This definition appears only in medical dictionaries. In the real world community, that would be chaos.)

Terrarium: A fish tank for snakes and lizards. So an aquarium.

MISSING FROM THIS EDITION: An archaic construction used to express the state of having a thing stuck in one's shoe.

May 22nd 2006

the Lazarus of libation.

LMAO. That's priceless.

May 22nd 2006 edited

copping a feel - trying to put the moves on roy's girl. similar to kissing a pam

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