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    That's what she said!

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by writewizard, Dec 25, 2009.

    Does anyone else find the quote, "That's what she said", utterly annoying? I understand the quote very well but find it degrading to women. Just asking opinons :). But I also don't like "your mom" jokes, so I might be oversinsetive.


    For example, my brother: "This is awfuly hard to get out."
    Friend: "That's what she said."

    I find that just... Creepy...

    Sorry for posting two posts at once - I just didn't think the two posts mended well together.

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    I think it is a bit overused, but handled properly and it can lighten a conversation, though not enlighten it. Anyway, it’s not a big deal, and that’s not what she said!!!:D
     
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    i've never heard of it... is this some inane, over-quoted tv/movie line, or what?
     
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    I decided to do some investigating for you Mammamaia.

    The origin of the phrase seems to be impossible to pinpoint, for there seems to be earlier phrases that it evolved from, but it is most well known from The Office and Wayne’s World.

    There is also an international That’s What She Said holiday.

    Wikipedia calls the type of phrase a a "double entendre," and had this to say about it: A double entendre may exploit puns to convey the second meaning, but puns are more often used in sentences that do not have a second meaning. Double entendres tend to rely more on multiple meanings of words, or different interpretations of the same primary meaning; they often exploit ambiguity and may be used to introduce it deliberately in a text.

    And it mention Saturday Night Live, too
     
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    Thanks for the research, that's quite an interesting spin on it. I'm still not a big fan of it, but that could be because mylifeisaverage posts are quickly getting spammed with it, too.
     
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    The inevitable collapse of the human condition-

    THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!
    ...

    Am I doing it right?
     
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    That's what she said.

    I don't think it will be in any feminist propaganda leaflets soon, but that doesn't explain why my girlfriend keeps saying it, so I don't think that it's the sort of statement that should be banned by political correctness (even though I wouldn't be surprised if it is).
     
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    You win.
     
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    I watch The Office (US version) and that's Michael Scott's catchphrase. I think it's hilarious (especially in The Office's context) if it's used sparingly and not after everything.
     
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    I very rarely use the phrase, but I can't say I don't. I mostly use it - when I do - within a specifically male group, among friends where there is a very informal, guy atmosphere. But to say I use the phrase would be to overestimate the amount of times I do, I've maybe used it only 3 times this year.
     
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    This saying drives me batty!! LOL

    My teenage son says it all the time along with most of his classmates. At this point, I see it as nothing more than a momentary comment of the current youth. :rolleyes:
     
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    Wholly agreed... ;)
     
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    At some point I want something like this to happen:

    "This lonely ephemeral existence, this perpetual melancholy, this veil of delusion through which not even scepticism can pierce. Unknowable, untouchable - all I know is that I exist, but I can never learn anything more. Stifling, choking, suffocating - what's the point of it all? Why not turn to face my ultimate destiny, stare death in the face and dance headlong into the jaws of the abyss?"

    "That's what she said!"

    "It is?"
     
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    I think I hear it every night I got out with friends to have fun. It's not a constant thing, it's just stupid humor that forces a slight sometimes embarrassed laugh. It is as immature as they come, but why not relax and play the role of the idiot from time to time.

    It only hurts when you're doing it constantly... that's what she said?
     
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    I have heard women say "What's what he said" on occasion as well. So...as long as it can go both ways..I am not bothered. I don't think it is ever really funny however. In the context of the Office...I generally find Michael's attempts at humor painful (which I think they are supposed to be).
     

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