English, motherf**ker, do you speak it? (Part 3)

A five part series on words with cinematic origins

PART 3

  1. to bogart (Humphrey Bogart, 1899-1957)

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Definition: (verb)

  1. Selfishly appropriate or keep (something, especially a cannabis cigarette) (according to Oxford English Dictionary)

To use it in a sentence: Fox Mulder asked the Smoking Man to not bogart the cigarette.

  1. to bully or force

To use it in a sentence: Tony Soprano bogarted his way into another waste management contract.

How did it originate?

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A term which originates from legendary actor, Humphrey Bogart and his quintessential tough guy on-screen persona. It is a reference to his familiar habit of keeping a cigarette constantly dangling in the corner of his mouth. Though he almost never seemed to draw on it, it was always there along with his characteristic lisp.

  1. shagadelic (Austin Powers, 1997)

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Definition: (adjective) sexy in a psychedelic way, as well as a “general term of approval (according to Oxford English Dictionary)

To use it in a sentence: “Damn, that Rodolphe sure is shagadelic”, Emma Bovary thinks to herself.

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How did it originate?

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The term, a portmanteau of shag (to copulate) and psychedelic (hallucinatory), was coined by Mike Myers in his popular Austin Powers film series. With groovy catchphrases, juvenile toilet humor and not-so-subtle sexual innuendo, the films take a satirical look at the unbridled 1960s swinging London. Though a ludicrously exaggerated parody of popular spy films like James Bond, it was one of the LOL comedies of the 90s.

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