Monday, June 27, 2022

The Office Provides a Bit of Shakespearean Vocabulary

"The Chump." By Greg Daniels and Aaron Shure. Perf. Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed. Helms, and Mindy Kaling. Dir. Randall Einhorn. The Office. Season 6, episode 25. NBC. 13 
May 2010. DVD. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2018. 
We've had some talk of cuckolds here at Bardfilm. There was that Pearls Before Swine comic from a long time ago (for which, q.v.). And we've investigated the cuckold-related history of "bunny ears" (for which, q.v.).

Well, now The Office weighs in with the character Andy Bernard providing us with a quick definition of the term:

Bernard's definition may be a bit informal—but ’tis enough—t’will serve.

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