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What words did you learn from Frasier?

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    MLionhart2

    [1]Oct 31, 2008
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    I noticed pretty early on that the characters of Frasier are more well-spoken than those of say, Seinfeld or Friends. I also noticed that they used words I was not familiar with. This might have been done before, but I think it is time that a thread was created listing what words you learned and thought were interesting, lame as it sounds. For example:

    In "Fortysomething", I heard Roz use the word 'gaslight'. In the sense she used it, the word means to "to manipulate someone into questioning their own sanity; to subtly drive someone crazy" according to Webster's.

    In "Mixed Doubles", I heard Niles refer to his 'double' as a "ludicrous popinjay". A 'popinjay' is, in this sense, a "a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop" according to Dictionary.com.

    This is just me being overly descriptive, but I was wondering what examples others had.

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    PiperPrueLover4

    [2]Nov 4, 2008
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    melange, minage
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    AlyssaR0528

    [3]Nov 9, 2008
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    I don't think any of the words on Frasier were new to me, but I loved that the show used a much wider everyday vocabulary that most other TV shows!
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    melindajo2000

    [4]Nov 10, 2008
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    they liked to say the word cowed or cowtowed a lot .as in niles cowtowed to that shrew of a wife (Mel)
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    gguirao

    [5]Dec 14, 2008
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    In "High Crane Drifter", when Niles used the expression, "floats like a Lipedoptera and stings like a Hymenoptera." I knew that he was referring to the famous "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." saying by Muhamad Ali, but this taught me what the scientific terms were.

    Edited on 12/25/2008 12:53am
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    the_chalee

    [6]Jan 4, 2009
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    Quite a few things. Although I did know the two mention by OP before hearing on Frasier, the one I did not really understand was a reference to Noel Coward??? Something like that.... had to look that one up.
    Edited on 03/07/2009 8:13pm
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    gguirao

    [7]Feb 5, 2009
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    I just found out what "milieu" means--the physical or social environment where something takes place. Doubt I'll be using it in conversation, though.
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    gguirao

    [8]Feb 14, 2009
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    And what about all the name-dropping the Crane brothers do?
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    cvjrbdjkasfi

    [9]Mar 5, 2009
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    'the'
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    amsmith41

    [10]Jun 20, 2009
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    I learned the proper pronunciation for "oject d'art"
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    gguirao

    [11]Jun 28, 2009
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    Ombudsman--person acting as a trusted intermediary between an organization and some external constiuency while representing the broad scope of constituent interests

    Ramekin--small ceramic dish used for food preparation and serving

    Bivouac--campsite

    "Non quom postea!"--"Never again!" (Latin)

    Edited on 10/06/2009 1:18am
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    sasovet

    [12]Jan 16, 2010
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    In the tenth season in episode four there is a scene in the cafe nervosa where frasier complains about Roz's cousin, he uses two word that originate from the french language. I've tried googleing them but i just cant seem to get it wright, any ideas? (the time is about 5:20)

    Thanks, Saso

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    KingofIPirates

    [13]Jan 19, 2010
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    There were many but the one that I most remember was indubitably.
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