The Words and Language of Arrested Development
Before I get into today's post, please know that I have yet to watch Season 4 in its entirety. Secondly, if you spoil it for me I will cut you.
Like many of you, I didn't see Arrested Development until it was on DVD. I heard people talk about it though. Sometimes they would ask me if I had seen it, to which I would say no, I don't know what that is. Then they'd throw their hands up, look at me earnestly and say oh my goodness you have to see it it's the best thing on television oh wow yes you must you idiot please see it or else I will kill you come on you must please please please do it now!
I didn't have cable and watched more movies than television. This is when they'd storm off in a whirlwind of frustration and anticipation.
When I did finally get my hands on a copy of the DVDs and I was able to watch them, it's fair and accurate to say that my love was instantaneous. Everything about it was like nothing I had seen before: never nudes and hooks for hands and the importance of leaving notes. It's so wonderfully written.
But what I loved the most were the words, and the clever, hilarious, unique ways in which the words were used.
Some of my favorite word moments from Arrested Development (Seasons 1-3) include:
- The Cornballer n. Invented by the Bluths, The Cornballer is an machine that creates cornballs (also see cornholing).
- Huzzah n. A cheer.
- C-word n. You know the definition. I don't need to say it. but the joke is hilarious. The C-Word Michael is referring to is the name of a boat.
- Wad n. A small mass of soft material, often folded or rolled, used for padding, stuffing, or packing.
- Claptrap n. A contrivance for clapping in theaters.