Everyone has someone in their life who gets way too insistent about word choice. Maybe it's a male friend who carries a man purse, but insists that you call it a "satchel" or he'll fly into a rage. Maybe it's a girlfriend who corrects you every time you refer to her "beauty mark" as a mole.
Some of the funniest and most memorable moments in recent TV history center around people who are adamant about the use of a certain word or phrase. Clearly, these people are getting bogged down in foolish debates about terminology and are unable to see the whole picture. Here are some prime examples of TV moments where people got a little too touchy about someone's word choice.
Fabio Viviani, "Top Chef"In one particularly infamous Season 5 episode, Fabio was very insistent that the judges refer to his dish as a "filet mignon sandwich," not as a cheesesteak. He took it pretty hard when one of the judges declared his fancy sandwich was "essentially a cheesesteak." No matter what you call it, the cheesesteak looked pretty delicious.
Hank Schrader, "Breaking Bad"Hank doesn't collect "rocks." That would be boring! No, no, what Hank collects are "minerals" or "mineral specimens." And Hank isn't shy about correcting people who refer to his beloved collection as "rocks."
Dwight Schrute, "The Office"In the old days, Dwight liked to refer to himself as the "Assistant Regional Manager." However, his real title was the much less important "Assistant to the Regional Manager." Clearly Dwight was a bit insecure about his position at Dunder-Mifflin.
Sam Malone, "Cheers"In one classic episode, Sam revealed a big secret to Carla: He was wearing a toupee. Of course, no one was allowed to call it a toupee or even a wig. No, viewers -- Sam was simply using a "hair replacement system" to mask his hair loss. And woe betide anyone who said anything otherwise.
Sherlock Holmes, "Sherlock"
London's only consulting detective really hates it when people call him a psychopath. It's not because he's insulted; he's just mad at how imprecise they are being. Technically, he's not a psychopath. He prefers the more accurate term "high-functioning sociopath." A fitting moniker for a man who cheers when a murder takes place because it finally gives him something interesting to do.
GOB, "Arrested Development"Of all the running jokes on "Arrested Development," GOB's insistence that people refer to his magic tricks as "illusions" is one of the funniest bits. After all, he argues, "tricks" are something a lady of the evening does.
- Fabio Viviani
- Dwight Schrute
- Hank Schrader