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- 1+ 68- 9A secular holiday created by Frank Costanza, held annually in December and intended as an antidote to pervasive holiday commercialism. Traditions include the erection of an aluminum "Festivus Pole" in the house and an "Airing of Grievances" in which the head of the household tells off his or her relatives. The celebration only ends when someone wrestles the head of the household and successfully pins them. From "The Strike"
- 2+ 76- 12A dismissive name for the owner of a local soup establishment with a lot of elaborate rules for ordering his food. The restaurant in the show is based on a real location and its owner, Soup Kitchen International's Al Yeganeh. The term "The ____ Nazi" has come to refer to anyone with needlessly elaborate rules and regulations for everyday, mundane activities. The Soup Nazi himself was played by Larry Thomas, who was nominated for an Emmy for the role. His catchphrase, "No soup for you!," has remained an enduring and oft-repeated "Seinfeld" quotation. From "The Soup Nazi"
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Master of My DomainA slang term for a man's use of willpower to refrain from masturbating. When the Seinfeld gang is holding a contest to determine who can hold out from self-pleasure the longest, saying that you are "master of my domain" means you have not yet succumbed. (The female version is "Queen of the Castle.") From "The Contest"
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ShrinkageGeorge and Jerry's description of what happens to a man's genitals when they have gone for a swim in a cold pool. When George is seen by Jerry's girlfriend Rachel in the nude, he attempts to explain his condition by yelling "I was in the pool!" From "The Hamptons"
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Double-DipperA person who, when eating chips and dip from a communal bowl at a party, re-dips the same chip multiple times. This is compared to "putting your whole mouth into the dip." George is accused of double dipping while attending a funeral.From "The Implant"
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Re-GifterA person who accepts presents from one friend, and then turns around and "re-gifts" them to another friend, typically implying that the gift was undesirable to begin with. Jerry and Elaine suspect dentist Tim Whatley (played by future "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston) of 're-gifting' a label maker that Elaine initially gave him for Christmas. From "The Label Maker"
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Yada Yada YadaA play on the traditional use of "Yada Yada Yada" to mean "and so on" or "etcetera." In "Seinfeld," George has a girlfriend who uses the phrase to gloss over the most significant or important details of an anecdote (specifically, the fact that she was shoplifting.) To "yada yada yada" then comes to mean skipping over salient facts in a story. From "The Yada Yada"