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Seinfeldia

noun; derivation affixation
Life of dedicated fans of the TV sitcom Seinfeld. This is coined for the title of a 2016 book by Jennifer Armstrong analyzing how the TV show Seinfeld has the influence on people’s life as it does. Seinfeld audience do not only watch Seinfeld, they live Seinfeld by using an extensive amount of references from the show and hosting annual events for the show. Since Seinfeld is a supposed to be “a show about nothing” that tells stories that actually happened in life, it is easy for people to identify events in their life with those on Seinfeld and to feel that they live a life that is half real, half Seinfeld, hence a Seinfeldia.
 
“Seinfeld has generated a special dimension of existence, somewhere between the show itself and real life, that I’ve come to call ‘Seinfeldia’.”
Etymology : Seinfeld + -ia (word-forming element in names of countries, diseases, and flowers, from Latin and Greek -ia, noun ending, in Greek especially used in forming abstract nouns (typically of feminine gender))
Source : Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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