Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

Welcome back to Pop Lexicon, The A.V. Club’s series with Kory Stamper, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and editor, where she reveals the origins of America’s favorite colloquialisms. Today we’re examining “gorram,” a word made popular by Joss Whedon’s sci-fi Western Firefly. In the video above, Stamper explains how Whedon and his writers used language to establish socioeconomic dynamics on the short-lived series, and reveals the origins of “gorram.”

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