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(The Atlantic)   The spectacular rise and fall of the new Millennium's best innuendo killer, "That's what she said"   (theatlantic.com) divider line 68
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2014-01-25 11:22:45 AM
stupid
 
2014-01-25 11:24:15 AM
First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.
 
2014-01-25 11:24:44 AM
Don't go there.
 
2014-01-25 11:24:46 AM

Snotnose: First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.


This
 
2014-01-25 11:24:49 AM

abhorrent1: stupid


That's what she said.
 
2014-01-25 11:25:14 AM

Snotnose: First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.


I was about to say that it was popular in a small Alaskan town around 2000.
 
2014-01-25 11:27:13 AM
It's dead? Damn, I used it for what I think is the first time in my life just the other day. (At a hockey game; my friend, a much greater hockey expert than I, told me "you can see Nash has the biggest stick out there; you have to have a lot of skill for that, and he has it.")
 
2014-01-25 11:27:36 AM
Haven't the Brits been using this for generations?
 
2014-01-25 11:27:54 AM
Talk to the hand.
 
2014-01-25 11:28:10 AM
Sorry, subby. That tired bullshiat has been around WAY longer than that...
 
2014-01-25 11:28:17 AM
Here's a quarter. Call someone who cares.
 
2014-01-25 11:28:19 AM
I have to say that the "I can't believe you came" "That's what she said" from the finale was a great way for the joke to go out. Both of them killed the delivery and timing.
 
2014-01-25 11:28:28 AM
Yeah, sorry, TWSS has been around since at least the mid 1980's.
 
2014-01-25 11:29:58 AM
What a pretentious article.  Way to suck the life out of silliness.
 
2014-01-25 11:30:30 AM
The office sucked un-funny cocks and didn't start anything. Fark that show and everyone in it.
 
2014-01-25 11:31:31 AM
So I looked it up, and it turns out that "That's what she said" was first said by Mike Myers back in 1992:  http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thats-what-she-said. This immediately makes me sad, for three reasons:

1. The joke was funny on The Office because it was an old, lame joke told by someone who doesn't even know he's not funny. That sounds like.

2. The joke was so old that many of the people who heard it thought it was new, like those funny glasses hipsters wear.  This makes old people sad  That sounds like me!

3. I wasted time writing this
 
2014-01-25 11:35:19 AM
Around as long as I can remember and I'm old !
 
2014-01-25 11:36:15 AM

vegaswench: Way to suck the life out of silliness.


TWHS
 
2014-01-25 11:38:04 AM

LewDux: vegaswench: Way to suck the life out of silliness.

TWHS


I set 'em up, you knock 'em down.  Well done.
 
2014-01-25 11:38:37 AM
Gag me with a spoon
 
2014-01-25 11:39:52 AM
From the get go.
 
2014-01-25 11:42:43 AM
First heard that when I was in high school around 1980.
 
2014-01-25 11:46:07 AM
Don't have a cow, man!
 
2014-01-25 11:46:56 AM

TheManofPA: I have to say that the "I can't believe you came" "That's what she said" from the finale was a great way for the joke to go out. Both of them killed the delivery and timing.


My favorite is still Jim taunting Michael as he's standing in front of Jan apologizing for rude jokes he's made in "Sexual Harrassment:"

"Wow, that is really hard. You really think you can go all day long? Well, you always left me satisfied and smiling."
 
2014-01-25 11:48:01 AM
Daniel A. Gross probably believes Bethesda invented "Fallout" in 2008. Or maybe "Final Fantasy VII" was the first game in the series. And let's not forget about "Grand Theft Auto III."
 
2014-01-25 11:48:42 AM
1974 Jerry Reed got you all beat. Young people .. nothing ever happened before you
 
2014-01-25 11:48:48 AM
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-01-25 11:48:58 AM
We are experiencing a paradigm shift.
 
2014-01-25 11:50:14 AM

BalugaJoe: We are experiencing a paradigm shift.


A sea change?
 
2014-01-25 11:51:28 AM
"Johnny Bench has 3 balls on him"
 
2014-01-25 11:53:02 AM
Can confirm. It is amazeballs and epic. Totes magotes.
 
2014-01-25 11:56:08 AM
This is all a learning curve.
 
2014-01-25 11:56:38 AM
NOT!
 
2014-01-25 11:59:22 AM
It is what it is...
 
2014-01-25 11:59:37 AM
What did I just read - in the Atlantic?! Totally awesome article... NOT! (Just made that up)
 
2014-01-25 12:05:55 PM
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-01-25 12:08:32 PM
That's just wrong in every respect.  It's much older than they think, and it's nowhere near dead.  The phrasing may have changed slightly, but the sentiment is popular as ever.
 
2014-01-25 12:08:32 PM

The Larch: So I looked it up, and it turns out that "That's what she said" was first said by Mike Myers back in 1992:  http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thats-what-she-said. This immediately makes me sad, for three reasons:

2. The joke was so old that many of the people who heard it thought it was new, like those funny glasses hipsters wear.  This makes old people sad  That sounds like me!

This joke was in my dad's arsenal when I was a kid...and he was a WWII vet (yes, I'm old).

Tracking the dates of things on the internet is like looking in the mirror, you're only gonna see what you're looking at.

 
GBB
2014-01-25 12:13:53 PM
FarkerSnow (11:59:37): What did I just read - in the Atlantic?! Totally awesome article... NOT! (Just made that up)

Just now??

zulius (11:56:38): NOT!

OOooooo, BURNED!!
 
2014-01-25 12:18:25 PM

The Larch: So I looked it up, and it turns out that "That's what she said" was first said by Mike Myers back in 1992: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thats-what-she-said.


FTA: "Rather, TWSS found double meanings in sentences that had already been crafted. The Office was building here on earlier gags like "...if you know what I mean" and "...said the actress to the bishop" (see BBC's The Office), as well as a 1992 instance of TWSS in the movie Wayne's World."

The article never claimed that its use on "The Office" was original.
 
2014-01-25 12:18:33 PM
my grandfather told it as:

"that's what she said when the bed broke"

back in the eighties when i was too young to understand what he meant.
 
2014-01-25 12:21:21 PM

Savage Belief: Snotnose: First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.

This


I was using it in the early 70s, but I'm sure someone can top that as well.
 
2014-01-25 12:27:56 PM

markfara: Here's a quarter. Call someone who cares.


If I am tired of someone complaining I will just hand them my cell phone and tell them to call someone that give a fark. Surprised no one has broken it yet.
 
TWX
2014-01-25 12:30:13 PM

The Larch:
3. I wasted time writing this


That's what she said...
 
2014-01-25 12:31:24 PM
So is the article write like 20, I remember this was big in the late 80's, if anything maybe you could say The Office had something to do with a revival of the phrase
 
2014-01-25 12:35:45 PM
Odd, I feel strangely in tune with the universe, or at least, Fark.com as I used that very phrase, for the first time in my life, in a Fark thread this morning.

/first heard it said by buddies in the late 70's.
//get off my lawn
///that's what she said
 
2014-01-25 12:41:24 PM

Ker_Thwap: Savage Belief: Snotnose: First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.

This

I was using it in the early 70s, but I'm sure someone can top that as well.


At least that.  I heard it in junior high in the mid-70s, and it wasn't new then.
 
2014-01-25 12:47:16 PM
Peach out.
 
2014-01-25 12:50:23 PM
Actually, I'm pretty sure this dates back to the Book of Genesis.

/TWSS
 
2014-01-25 12:50:27 PM

Nogale: Haven't the Brits been using this for generations?


That's what she said.
 
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