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Britta’d, Lizzing, & Tedding Out: The TV Character Name Dictionary

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | March 28, 2014 | Comments ()

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | March 28, 2014 |


Here’s your handy guide to television character names as words that should be added to the Oxford English Dictionary. If derp, food baby, and twerk are considered legitimate(-ish) words, then so can these:

Abed
ah-bed
1. (noun) being meta
“Yeah, way to pull an Abed.” - Abed Nadir
origin: Abed Nadir, Community

Britta
brit-ta
1. (verb) to mess something up
“You probably just Britta’d the test results somehow.” - Jeff Winger
synonyms: Lemon, Monica, Schrute
see also: Dorian
origin: Britta Perry, Community

Cory
kawr-ee
1. (verb) to be emotional
“Oh man, I Cory’ed this up, didn’t I?” - Shawn Hunter
see also: Mosby
origin: Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World

Dorian
dohr-ee-uhn
1. (adjective) wrong
“I think not giving you permission to do this for your friend would be totally Dorian.” - Carla Espinosa
see also: Lemon, Monica, Schrute
origin: John Dorian, Scrubs

Frasier
frey-zer
1. (noun) when one tries something and fails
2. (noun) shame
3. (noun) The moment when a soccer player tries to kick a ball, misses, and falls down, in Italy
“It’s now called a ‘Frasier.’” - Frasier Crane
origin: Frasier Crane, Cheers

Homer
hoh-mer
1. (noun) American bonehead; to succeed despite idiocy
“Looks like I pulled a Homer.” - Magic Johnson
origin: Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

Jack
jak
1. (verb) to throw up after being overjoyed
“Everybody back up, get out of the way, he’s going to jack” - Liz Lemon
origin: Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock Apollo Apollo

Lemon
lem-uhn
1. (verb) to mess something up
2. (noun) self destruction
“I’ve Lemon’ed the situation with Nancy!” - Jack Donaghy
synonyms: Britta, Schrute, Monica
see also: Dorian
origin: Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

Liz
liz
1. (verb) to laugh and pee at the same time
“Lizzing is a combination of laughing and whizzing.” - Liz Lemon
origin: Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

Michael
mahy-kuhl
1. (adjective) coward
2. (verb) to chicken out
“Nobody’s turning all Michael on you. But when you get out, then we’re going to have a real party, right, Dad?” - Gob Bluth
origin: Michael Bluth, Arrested Development

Monica
mohn-eh-kuh
1. (noun) a screw-up; mistake
“This was in case you pulled a Monica.” - Judy Geller
synonyms: Britta, Lemon, Schrute
see also: Dorian
origin: Monica Geller, Friends

Mosby
mohz-bee
1. (verb) to say or be told “I love you” at the beginning of a relationship
“Oh my god, you just did it again, you just Mosby’ed me again.” - Barney Stinson
see also: Cory
origin: Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

Pierce
peersh
1. (verb) to not understand/comprehend
“Shirley, don’t Pierce.” - Jeff Winger
origin: Pierce Hawthorne, Community

Shirley
shur-lee
1. (verb) to lecture
“Well, now you’re Shirley’ing.” - Jeff Winger
origin: Shirley Bennett, Community

Schrute
shrewt
1. (verb) to mess something up
“Like when you screw something up in a really irreversible way, you Schruted it.” - Andy Bernard
synonyms: Britta, Lemon, Monica
see also: Dorian
origin: Dwight Schrute, The Office

Ted out
ted-out
1. (verb) to overthink
“Don’t Ted Out about it.” - Lily Aldrin
see also: Ted up (verb, to overthink with disastrous results)
origin: Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

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