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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
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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 11:46:56 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.
 
2014-01-25 01:05:08 PM  
I've been using "that's what my prom date said" since 1984. Also "that's what your prom date said" and sometimes "that's what I said to my prom date" which might explain why I haven't made a friend in 30 years.
 
2014-01-25 01:52:59 PM  
Alfred Hitchcock did a proper version of this in 1929.

http://milkandcookies.com/link/350042
 
2014-01-25 01:59:51 PM  

Harv72b: Actually, I'm pretty sure this dates back to the Book of Genesis.

/TWSS


And lo, God said to Noah, "Let the animals come two by two." And thusly sayeth Adam, "That is what she sayeth."

/paraphrasing slightly
 
2014-01-25 02:01:26 PM  

twomutts: Harv72b: Actually, I'm pretty sure this dates back to the Book of Genesis.

/TWSS

And lo, God said to Noah, "Let the animals come two by two." And thusly sayeth Adam, "That is what she sayeth."

/paraphrasing slightly


Dammit, that should have been "sayeth Noah"
 
2014-01-25 02:05:09 PM  
abhorrent1:

The office sucked un-funny cocks and didn't start anything. Fark that show and everyone in it.


Oh look, it's THAT guy.
 
2014-01-25 02:25:39 PM  
 
2014-01-25 03:00:54 PM  
Funniest use of the gag was the running gag by Krillin in Dragon Ball Z Abridged.

Burter: Oh, you can't beat my speed. I'm the fastest in the universe!
Krillin: (offscreen) That's what she said!
 
2014-01-25 03:21:32 PM  
I'm in my 50s and "that's what she said" dates back at least to my youth.
 
2014-01-25 03:32:33 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:

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


It's an old joke. Hence Michael Scott says it

Thatsthejoke

I don't think anyone finds it witty on its own merit. It's funny because it's not really funny
 
2014-01-25 03:37:47 PM  
I hadn't ever heard this before last summer.  Does that mean my friends aren't funny?  Or does that mean that they are far, far, funnier than what's on television?

/no TV at home
 
2014-01-25 03:39:32 PM  

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


Seriously, that author is pretty clueless. The point of Michael Scott saying "that's what she said" was to illustrate how lame he was. Bringing up a joke that was old and "lame" by like 1997. The fact that he said it just added to his overall character. It wasn't the freakin introduction of the phrase. What a dumbass.
 
2014-01-25 04:19:18 PM  
This guy I hook up with always says: "That's what she says." But, he's hot and we have great sex, so I don't care.

/CSS
 
2014-01-25 04:23:49 PM  
Hmphh.  Lazy Journalism

King of the Hill had an episode titled, "That's what she said" where a new employee at Strickland used the joke liberally throughout the episode.  This was 2004

At the time I was in grad school and my roommate and I were laughing hysterically because we knew a guy from college who used the term all the time.
 
2014-01-25 05:57:44 PM  
Your guess is as good as mine.
 
2014-01-25 07:02:35 PM  
Yeah, I remember hearing it in the 1980s when I was in high school.

And my fiancee and I still get a giggle out of it now and again. We don't have to actually say it anymore. We just have a look that we share that says "this is a great place for us to say 'that's what she said'"

However, my fiancee says she hadn't heard of it until a few years ago. Sadly, I'm the scoundrel who introduced her to that particular joke, and while I admit it's old and cheesy, the occasion when I first used it around her was particularly ripe for the gag, and had the desired effect, so in my defense it was totally worth it.

No, it's not a joke I used often. But that one moment in time was just perfect, and some there are some low-flying balls you simply MUST swing at.
 
2014-01-25 07:58:45 PM  
Allow me to quote from 1979's "A Shot In The Dark", a song by Utopia:

There's no changes going down
There's no lesson to be found
Makes no sense to hang around
If that's all there is to that
That's what she said

Based on the delivery of the line it reinforces my opinion that I had been using and overusing the line all during my childhood.  And yes, that's why Michael Scott's line was funny, because it wasn't funny anymore.
 
2014-01-26 05:03:49 AM  

sure haven't: Snotnose: First use was the Office in '06?  Errr, no.  I was using that phrase in the mid 90s.

Seriously, that author is pretty clueless. The point of Michael Scott saying "that's what she said" was to illustrate how lame he was. Bringing up a joke that was old and "lame" by like 1997. The fact that he said it just added to his overall character. It wasn't the freakin introduction of the phrase. What a dumbass.


I think you missed the point that there was a legitimate revival; after a couple decades of obscurity it was almost fresh again. Even my dad started using it again, and I hadn't heard that since I was 5 or so. Every other person I knew would work it into conversations to get everyone snickering or groaning.

Thankfully, it was swept out with the rest of the hipster detritus. Good to catch up, see you in another twenty years.
 
2014-01-26 09:14:06 AM  

office_despot: /no TV at home


groan
 
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