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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 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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