Bye Bye Bart Bass?

by Lauren Gitlin November 11, 2008 11:40 am
Bye Bye Bart Bass? The blogs have been abuzz for weeks about rumors that someone on Gossip Girl is gonna be killed off, and recent photos taken from the set featuring all of the major cast members congregated at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn in their funereal finery seem to confirm the rumor. Everyone has his or her theory (and secret wish) as to who's gonna get it, but all signs thus far seem to point to Bart Bass, and last night's ep only served to confirm this. I'm referring specifically to the chain of events (Dan's thwarted exposé about Bart's shady past and the subsequent heart-to-heart between Bart and Chuck) that led to the revelation of Bart's humanity. Touching, yes, but it was also pretty inarguable proof that homeboy is going down.

Meh Is the Word

by Lauren Gitlin November 19, 2008 12:45 pm
Meh Is the Word The Simpsons has always been a wellspring of cultural influence, contributing words and phrases to the lexicon ranging from surfer-pilfered Bart-isms like "Cowabunga" and "don't have a cow" to Homer's split-oath "D'Oh" and Nelson's sing-songy taunt "ha-ha." Most recently, the word "meh" was added to the Collins English dictionary, which cited The Simpsons as the term's originator. In ruminating on this latest linguistic development with my cow-orkers®, I had to agree with Zach that it was surprising to see the word affiliated specifically with The Simpsons. I can't remember when exactly I noticed people making use of the word, but I feel like I've been saying it since forever. "Meh" feels like such an instinctively onomatopoetic expression of ambivalence that it's sort of hard to imagine being able to trace it back to its roots. It seems like it's been around forever.

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