It’s hard to believe that this year, the show about nothing (sometimes known as Seinfeld) turned 30.
When it first aired in 1989, it didn’t do particularly well, but after it gained a huge following in the 90s – yada yada yada – here we are talking about it’s 30th anniversary.
It also changed the way we talk.
Double-dipping, re-gifting, shrinkage – they’re all from Seinfeld.
Here’s 7 of our faves we still use today:
Yada Yada Yada
(Season 8, Episode 19)
George’s new girlfriend says “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories but he soon realises that in saying it, she glosses over some pretty important details such as when she tells George that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before “and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today”.
These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty!
(Season 3, Episode 11)
Try and eat pretzels without saying this.
Of course, this is the line that Kramer gets as an extra in a Woody Allen movie and everyone can’t help but suggest several different ways of saying it.
Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That
(Season 4, Episode 17)
Throughout the episode, Jerry and George are assumed to be gay by an eavesdropping woman who turns out to be a reporter. The two strenuously deny that they are homosexual but with the caveat that it would be totally OK if they were by following their denials with “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
(Season 5, Episode 21)
The episode has been credited with giving new meaning to the word.
Jerry’s girlfriend walks in on George who was naked and was experiencing some ‘significant shrinkage’ after being in the pool. He and Jerry quiz Elaine as to whether women know about ‘shrinkage’. She looks puzzled and says: “what do you mean? Like laundry?”
(Season 4, Episode 19)
George argues at a funeral reception with his girlfriend’s brother when he is accused of double-dipping a chip – dipping the chip before biting the chip and then re-dipping the chip into the dip.
*Fun fact: Mythbusters tested how much bacteria is transferred during the process of double-dipping in 2009 and found that while there was a transfer but that it, “adds only a few more microbes”.
(Season 6, Episode 12)
People have been re-gifting crappy presents since way before this episode, it’s just that this episode gave it a name. We have the notorious Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston) to thank.
(Season 9, Episode 10)
Ahh yes, the December 23 secular observance brought to light by George’s dad, Frank Constanza, where you can celebrate the holiday season without actually participating in it’s commercialisation.
Festivus is dedicated to the ‘Airing of Grievances’, ‘Feats of Strength’ and the erection of the aluminium Festivus pole.
Festivus! For the rest of us!
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