I write for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and make web videos.
The best thing about the Dead Parrot sketch is that the shopkeeper stays calm.
Why are penguins non-flyers? Cause there uncle is a chicken
This is a good joke. All penguins have the same uncle? And he’s a chicken? I love it.
While watching an episode of Star Trek: TNG with Vero, I thought of tweeting “Oh great, another bottle episode of Star Trek,” as a joke, since there are many many episodes where they don’t leave the ship. Later I went to the Wikipedia page for “bottle episode” and found out that it actually comes from the original Star Trek series. Pretty cool!
Today on Reddit someone made a post defending someone else. Then another person accused that person of “white-knighting.” Then a third person commented:
“White knighting” is what is called a “thought-terminating cliche.” A TTC is essentially a word or phrase of a sort that is used to shut down thought, or quite often dissent. Even if you don’t have a counterargument, you can always rely on a TTC, and if the public is already on your side, then you have won. Once you understand the concept, you’ll start to see TTC’s everywhere. In every debate, on every side. The Internet is especially bad. There’s “You’re just offended”, and “That’s racist!”, and “That’s political correctness gone mad!” (see what I say about both sides?), “Hater/hating on”, etc. “White Knight” is a TTC used for when someone is viewed as ruining someone else’s fun, when that fun is harmful to other people. Whenever someone says “Stop being a white knight”, that is slang for “Hey, stop telling me to stop being immoral; it’s causing me cognitive dissonance.”
I had never heard of thought-terminating clichés before, but like this guy predicted, now I see that they are everywhere.
Edit: Added a link to the original comment.