30 Rock: This is the End

by Ethan Alter October 5, 2012 11:20 am
<i>30 Rock</i>: This is the End

Like the title says, last night's season premiere was the beginning of the end of 30 Rock, which will leave the airwaves for good after this 13-episode season. And, to be honest, we're not all that sorry to see it leave, even if last season almost brought the show back to the glory days of Seasons 1, 2 and 3. As the adage goes, better to go out somewhat close to the top rather than in the cellar.

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-orkersĀ®, 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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