The Greatest Seinfeldisms for Everyday Use

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Best words, phrases, and concepts coined on Seinfeld

List of funny words, phrases, expressions and concepts invented for the '90s sitcom Seinfeld. Though perhaps best remembered for its memorable cast of characters and star Jerry Seinfeld's trademark observational comedy, the TV series Seinfeld introduced a vast amount of slang and funny sayings into the English language, many of which are still commonly used long after new episodes stopped airing.

Many of these sayings are still commonly referenced as they relate to the world of Seinfeld (references to the character the Soup Nazi, for example). Plenty of Seinfeld references have genuinely entered the language as all-purpose sayings without necessarily being tied to a specific use in the show. One such famous Seinfeld saying is the use of "shrinkage" to describe the effect a cold pool has on a man's nude appearance.

This list collects funny, outrageous, or memorable original phrases, words, and ideas attributable to the show Seinfeld. Vote up your favorites, and if you notice any missing Seinfeld phrases, feel free to add them at the bottom of the page. Good luck with alllllll that.
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  • Not That There's Anything Wrong With That
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    247 votes
  • 2
    238 VOTES

    Serenity Now!

    Serenity Now!
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    A mantra used by Frank Costanza to calm down when he gets upset or stressed. Lloyd Braun suggests that this same technique led to his being committed, explaining: "Serenity now, insanity later." From "The Serenity Now"
    238 votes
  • 3
    289 VOTES


    Video: YouTube
    George 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"
    289 votes
  • 4
    305 VOTES
    Soup Nazi
    Video: YouTube
    A 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"
    305 votes
  • 5
    271 VOTES
    Video: YouTube
    A 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"
    271 votes
  • 6
    254 VOTES

    Master of My Domain

    Master of My Domain
    Video: YouTube
    A 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"
    254 votes