Notes of a word-watcher, Hanching Chung. A first port of call for English learning.
celibacy, roman-à-clef, Seinfeld-effect
Caitlin Moran's coming-of-age novel left Zoe Williams crying with laughter: "It has a Seinfeld-effect, where sheer buildup of amusement invests even the simplest word – 'penis', 'dry-cleaner' – with explosive power. It turns out I don't hate romans a clef after all. I just hadn't met the right roman a clef."
(1955-) US comedian and actor. He starred in the television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–98).
The effect is named after the 1989-1998 sitcom Seinfeld’s habit of referencing little-known ideas, jokes, and phrases, such as “Festivus,” “yada yada yada,” or “not that there’s anything wrong with that,” and making them extremely well-known through the show’s populararity to the point that many have the misconception Seinfeld invented these phrases (for the purposes of this article, 1992 is listed as the meme origin date, as that was when the episode “The Contest” popularized the idea of masturbatory celebacy (sic) contests).