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Old 02-09-2019, 02:27 PM
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Lousy Descriptions ?


Is there a name for this sort of lousy description. Ones like in a discussion of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, you say "My favorite one is the one with the tiger". "My favorite episode of MASH is the one where they wear green fatigues". "Remember that episode of Star Trek where Spock raises an eyebrow? That one was my favorite." or "Did you see the one where Cecil answered a question? That one was the best!"

There must be a better name for those non-specific descriptions?

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Old 02-09-2019, 02:42 PM
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You mean like the episode of Gilligan's Island where they almost get off the island (actually that only happens in about 1 in 3 episodes, but still).

Or the episode of Three's Company where someone overhears something and misunderstands what's going on, leading to wacky consequences?

See this trope https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.p...OncePerEpisode
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Remember that thread where someone complained about something people do? Loved that one!!!!
Can someone help me find it again?
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:56 PM
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There was an episode of All In The Family where Archie got angry.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:03 PM
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There was an episode of All In The Family where Archie got angry.
He also said something bigoted. That should narrow it down.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:06 PM
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Oh yeah, I saw that one. That's the one where he called Mike a "meathead".
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:08 PM
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Remember that Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that everyone criticized, yet it won Tony Awards and had a long run?
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I remember I once watched this episode of Scooby Doo. It had a twist ending where they found out the supernatural being that was scaring everyone was just a fake. Can anyone tell me which episode that was?
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I remember I once watched this episode of Scooby Doo. It had a twist ending where they found out the supernatural being that was scaring everyone was just a fake. Can anyone tell me which episode that was?
It's the one where Scooby made noises approximating human speech.
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No idea what it's called, but on Friends, the episode titles deliberately used this construction, so the first episode after the pilot is called The One With The Sonogram, and the penultimate episode is The One with Rachel's Going Away Party.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:11 PM
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Inept, inadequate, vague, non-delimited, indistinct.

Vague is probably most appropriate.
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Equivocal or ambiguous would also fit.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:13 PM
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Do you remember the episode of the Simpsons where Homer say D'oh?
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:49 AM
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The one where The Doctor saves humanity.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:26 AM
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All of the ones that have been mentioned so far are on YouTube. I'll see if I can find the links.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:35 AM
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You know that tune that goes: DA-DA-DA DA DA-DA DA DA-DA? What's the name of that tune?
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I saw this science-fiction movie. There were robots in it. What was its name?
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Remember the episode of Home Improvement when Al said, "I don't think so, Tim."?

Then there was the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation when Picard pulls down on his tunic and says, "Make it so. "

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Old 02-10-2019, 07:42 AM
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Oh! And Riker swings his leg over the back of a chair to sit in it.
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Oh! And Riker swings his leg over the back of a chair to sit in it.
Also, he had a beard. That narrows it a bit.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:43 AM
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How about the Quantum Leap episode when Sam finds himself in a new timeline and says, "Oh, boy!"?
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:10 AM
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I think we should distinguish between shows where a character repeats a signature line or gesture and ones where the show repeats plots.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:22 PM
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Girlfriend describes noise her car makes when she puts it in gear as "Uh HUH huh" ( like the first 3 or 4 bars in the 'woody woodpecker song', with her using the same tone and lilt as woody woodpecker ) Asked me if I knew what it was.

When I finally heard it, it was a distinct ringing sound...3 "rings" in rapid succession. ( onomatopoeia and all that )

Yeah, heard that before. Torque converter bolt(s) backed out and hitting as flywheel/TC rotated.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:30 PM
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You know that tune that goes: DA-DA-DA DA DA-DA DA DA-DA? What's the name of that tune?
THIS!

I LOVE THIS!

I see it all the time,lol and the best is when someone tells them it doesn't work and they argue. Pure gold
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:41 PM
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What was that episode of Bewitched where Endora put a spell on Darrin and he started acting whacky in front of Mr. Tate?
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:47 PM
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There was that SNL where Chevy Chase fell down at the opening.
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Old 02-10-2019, 04:17 PM
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There was that SNL where Chevy Chase fell down at the opening.
Naaah. Too specific.
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What was that Shakespeare play where a woman dressed up in men's clothes and fooled everyone into thinking that she was a man?
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:27 AM
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The episode of Big Bang where Sheldon made a big fuss about someone sitting in his sport. And his mother spouted some Texas Bible Belt Christian nonsense?
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:28 PM
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Getting back to the general idea in the OP, one place I see this quite often now is in movie descriptions. "BigLongTitleThatGoesOn is a movie starring BigMovieStar1, SmallMovieStar2, NotRemotelyAMovieStar3, ... " And after that there's not enough room left to say what the movie is about. And the stars are already listed elsewhere on the page (as well as the title)! So you gotta go to IMDb where their descriptions are terrible but usually have at least a couple sentences.
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You know that tune that goes: DA-DA-DA DA DA-DA DA DA-DA? What's the name of that tune?
DA-DEE-DA-DEE-DUM, DA-DEE-DA-DEE-DUM

What's the name of that song?
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I've been looking for this book. You know-the one with the author's picture on the back cover.
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The episode of Star Trek where three regulars and a guy you never saw before beam down to an unknown planet, and the unknown guy gets killed. I don't remember which Star Trek Franchise it was, but I think the guy was wearing a red shirt.
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