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Can you point me to a TV show episode that contains words like "adorbs"?
December 21, 2013 6:31 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for examples of real-world (that is, non-Internet) usage of new slang shortenings like "totes", "ridic", "adorbs" or "awks". TV shows where characters use such words would be great, especially if the episodes are available online. I've found Youtube videos where people talk about the phenomenon, but I'd prefer non-ironic, spontaneous examples.
posted by redlines to Grab Bag (30 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Gossip Girl, definitely.
posted by telegraph at 6:41 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Warehouse 13. Claudia is like the living personification of a tumblr fangirl. And it's on netflix (and it's a really good show!)
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 6:42 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Girls, especially Shoshanna. Also, every iteration of Kardashian.
posted by pitrified at 6:46 AM on December 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


Happy Endings
posted by mollyblu at 6:48 AM on December 21, 2013 [6 favorites]


Degrassi (the new ones, obviously) – particularly Tristan's dialogue.
posted by avocet at 6:49 AM on December 21, 2013


Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:50 AM on December 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


2nding "Happy Endings," especially the character of Penny.
posted by katypickle at 7:20 AM on December 21, 2013


Schmidt on New Girl uses words like that all the time. He uses them unironically, but it's definitely played as a joke to the audience.
posted by katyggls at 7:32 AM on December 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


Barney on How I Met Your Mother says stuff like that. There's also an episode where Marshall is at brunch with a guy friend who says something like, "that zucchini bread is redonk!" LOL.
posted by désoeuvrée at 7:42 AM on December 21, 2013


Many different characters on Adventure Time.
posted by wilky at 7:53 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lydia from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries definitely does this.
posted by yuwtze at 8:02 AM on December 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


All of Chris Lilley's stuff but especially Ja'ime Private School Girl.
posted by turkeyphant at 8:03 AM on December 21, 2013


I friggin LOVE these. I don't have media examples, but you might like to know that the technical term for this linguistic move is "clipping". Or, as I like to call it, "clips".
posted by spindrifter at 8:09 AM on December 21, 2013 [3 favorites]


There's a bit of that in Awkward.
posted by gudrun at 8:10 AM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Seconding New Girl and How I Met Your Mother! The guy friend on HIMYM is named Brad, so his episodes might be a place to start.
posted by pie ninja at 8:16 AM on December 21, 2013


In terms of real life people, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly from TLC's What Not to Wear have definintely said this intermittently; it was my first time ever hearing 'Totes adorbs!' actually.
posted by Dimes at 8:19 AM on December 21, 2013


Pretty sure the "redonks" thing is from the brunch/Brad episode of HIMYM
posted by c'mon sea legs at 8:40 AM on December 21, 2013


UK example: the marketing expert in sitcom 2012 uses these.
posted by biffa at 9:34 AM on December 21, 2013


Kids think 'ridic' is new, eh? Watch for Doris Dowling in The Lost Weekend from 1945.
posted by Rash at 9:44 AM on December 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


There was an episode of Hot in Cleveland where they dated guys who did this. It was tongue in cheek, though.
posted by cestmoi15 at 10:35 AM on December 21, 2013


In the UK, the cast of The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) totes do this a lot.
posted by billiebee at 12:06 PM on December 21, 2013


Kenzi on the tv show Lost Girl (which is on Netflix) consistently speaks like this.
posted by vegartanipla at 2:14 PM on December 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


A bit more than 30 minutes into the movie "Kick-Ass 2," Mindy Macready , aka Hit-Girl, says "I'm gonna vom'."
posted by Sunburnt at 4:22 PM on December 21, 2013


Dalia on Suburgatory says "OMG" out loud, and I think uses similar slang as well, though I can't find any good specific quotes.
posted by mbrubeck at 5:50 PM on December 21, 2013


ALL of the tween sitcoms on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
posted by briank at 7:09 PM on December 21, 2013


Nthing "Happy Endings"
posted by MansRiot at 7:39 PM on December 21, 2013


Oh, maybe Kelly on The Office?
posted by désoeuvrée at 6:20 AM on December 22, 2013


Husbands (though that's stretching the definition of "real-world" just a bit).
posted by casualinference at 8:24 AM on December 22, 2013


Pretty sure I've heard this kind of talk in "Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23"
posted by mskyle at 6:21 PM on December 22, 2013


Awkward
posted by mooza at 3:41 AM on December 23, 2013


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