Word Soup Wednesday

While the television show The Soup brings you “the strange, obscure and totally unbelievable moments in pop culture, celebrity news and reality TV,” Word Soup brings you those strange, obscure, unbelievable (and sometimes NSFW) words from talk shows, sitcoms, dramas, and just about anything else on TV.


Hank: “What the hell is that thing on his face?”
Nick: “It’s called the Aegishjalmur, the helm of awe. It’s a symbol the Vikings wore for invincibility.”

“The Woman in Black,” Grimm, May 18, 2012

Aegishjalmur may translate literally as “terror helm.”


Linda: “He’s just mad because he thinks Gene beefsquatched all over his special moment.”
Bob: “Don’t use that as a verb.”

“Beefsquatch,” Bob’s Burgers, May 20, 2012

The Beefsquatch is a character that Gene developed for his father’s television cooking segment, in which he dons an ape mask and gorges himself on hamburgers. Beefsquatch is a blend of beef and Sasquatch, another name for Bigfoot, which comes from Halkomelem, “a native language of the Pacific Northwest.” To beefsquatch means to ruin something, perhaps reminiscent of squash or quash.


Cop: “Love is not admissible evidence! I’m working on a cop opera.”
Everyone: “Copera!”
Pierce: “Policial!”

“First Chang Dynasty,” Community, May 17, 2012

Copera is a blend of cop and opera. Cop originated in 1704 as a northern British dialectecal meaning “to seize, to catch,” which may have ultimately come from the Latin capere, “to take.” Policial is a blend of police and musical. Cop Rock was a musical police TV drama that aired in 1990.


Hank: “Both were self-described cryptozoologists.”
Renard: “Meaning?”
Nick: “Big Foot hunters.”

“Big Feet,” Grimm, May 11, 2012

A cryptozoologist is one who studies crytozoology, “the study of creatures, such as the Sasquatch, whose existence has not been substantiated.” Crypto, meaning “secret” or “hidden,” comes from the Greek kryptos, “hidden, concealed, secret.” Zoologist and zoology come from the Greek zoion, “an animal.”

crap attack

Linda (to Tina): “Don’t you tell me not to have a crap attack! I’ll have a crap attack anytime I want!”

“Bad Tina,” Bob’s Burgers, May 13, 2012

A crap attack is the act of overreacting to something perceived as minor. Synonyms include spaz attack, where spaz is a shortening of spastic or spasm; conniption fit; to have kittens; and to have a cow.


Cop: “Of course. The head of security of Greendale Community College has kidnapped the real dean and replaced him with a deanelganger.”
Jeff: “Well, when you say it that way, it sounds ridiculous.”
Troy: “The word we used was doppeldeaner.”

“First Chang Dynasty,” Community, May 17, 2012

Deanelganger is a blend of dean and doppelganger, a double or apparition of a living person. Doppelganger translates from the German as “double-goer.” Sometimes doubleganger.

A deanelchanger, a blend of dean, doppelganger, and Chang, is a bell that Chang rings to summon the fake dean. Changer may be a play on clang, “a loud, sharp, resonant, and metallic sound,” and clanger, a British English word meaning “a blunder.”

folk racing

Anthony Bourdain: “The idea? Survive two laps on mirror ice. No snow tires or chains.”

“Finland,” No Reservations, May 14, 2012

Finnish folk racing is “a mixture of rally racing and demolition derby.”


Helen Cho [reading a suggestion from a fan]: “Have a grandma cook for you.”
Anthony Bourdain: “Get working on a GILF.”
Cho: “A GILF?!”
Bourdain: “A Grandma I’d Like to Feed Me.”

“Finland,” No Reservations, May 14, 2012

GILF plays on MILF, a “mother found sexually attractive; an attractive middle-aged woman.”

granny slippers

Anthony Bourdain: “I don’t even know what this shot was about, though it’s called granny slippers, disturbingly enough. Salmiakki vodka and Irish cream? Sure, why not?”

“Finland,” No Reservations, May 14, 2012

Granny slippers in Finnish is mummon tohveli.

nerf herder

News announcer: “Security cameras caught the getaway van heading west toward Manhattan.”
Liz [recognizing her boyfriend’s hot dog van]: “Nerf herder!”

“What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?” 30 Rock, May 17, 2012

Nerf herder is a variation on Liz’s usual “swear word,” nerds, and is also a reference to the insult hurled by Princess Leia to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back: “Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking… Nerf herder!”

pocket warmer

Sammi Yaffa [on koskenkorva, a Finnish vodka]: “It’s made out of rye. They call it the pocket warmer because everyone walks around with a half drunk warm bottle of koskenkorva. This stuff is usually better when it’s pocket-warm.”

“Finland,” No Reservations, May 14, 2012

Koskenkorva is “the most common clear spirit drink in Finland,” and “is a small village. . .in Finland that translates as ‘(area) by the rapids.’”


Anthony Bourdain: “What is it with saunas in this country? Everyone says, number one answer, what you should do in Finland.”
Sammi Yaffa: “It’s a Finnish word.”

“Finland,” No Reservations, May 14, 2012

Sauna came into English around 1881.


Tammy: “Tina, no offense but this tour is giving me a snorgasm.”

“Bad Tina,” Bob’s Burgers, May 13, 2012

Snorgasm is a blend of snore and orgasm, and means a feeling of intense boredom.


Bartender [to Emily]: “Want a twist? The hero and the villain are actually the same person. Get it?”

“Legacy,” Revenge, May 9, 2012

Twist here has a double meaning: “a sliver of lemon peel added to a cocktail, etc.” as well as “an unexpected change in a process or a departure from a pattern, often producing a distortion or perversion.” On the show, Emily is both the hero and the villain.


Monroe: “[Wildermann are] smart loners. Like the woods, cabins, campfires, hiking. You know, back to nature eco-warrior types. Thoreau, Emerson, Abbey.”

“Big Feet,” Grimm, May 11, 2012

Wildermann translates from the German as “savage (wilder) man (mann).”


Monroe: “Woge. It roughly translates to the wave that overtakes one. You know, the change, the surge, the massive hormonal jolt.”

“Big Feet,” Grimm, May 11, 2012

Woge translates from the German as “wave” or “surge,” and refers to the change that Vessen experience when changing from human to animal form.

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