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What the FLIRG? 'Saturday Night Live' coins a new word

Saturday Night Live may be 34 years old, and its original audience may be buying Depends instead of weed, but it retains an amazing popular-culture punch. The lead sketch from Saturday's season debut, a "public service announcement" with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, got airtime on all of the morning news shows Monday -- or a small part of it did, anyway. SNL may have gotten rid of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players, but the Not Ready For Airing On Family Shows flavor remains.

As usual, the dodgy bits are some of the funniest. In Saturday's sketch, the Palin and Clinton characters were condemning sexism in political coverage, and they offered some specific examples. "Don't refer to me as a MILF," sternly demanded Palin, using the street acronym for Mom I'd Like To, um, have intimate knowledge of. Added Clinton: "Don't refer to me as a FLIRG. I Googled what it stands for and I do not like it."

Dunno about you, but I'd never heard the expression FLIRG. Neither had a friend of mine, who immediately punched it into Google and came back with just two references. By Monday morning that number had grown to nearly 6,700. There's no general consensus on what the word -- which seems to have been made up by SNL writers -- means. But the best guess seems to be that it's an acronym for First Lady Is Really Gay. Wanna bet that there's an entry for it in Urban Dictionary by Tuesday?

If you want to see the whole sketch, here's a video. Changing Channels readers under 12 (age, not IQ) should not play it while their teachers are looking.

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Hockey Mom

Well I've seen one result online spelled FLIRJ... First Lady I'd R-- Job. Oh dear.

Palin for President

Palin for President!

Sarah

Ok, it's actually spelled Flerg and it already exists on Urbandictionary. It is in reference to a flaccid penis, and has nothing to do with her once being First Lady.

John Belushi

This show has not been relevent since about 1980.

Superville

she was originally referring to it as a "flerg" but "FLIRG" has now entered our lexicon. using contect clues, it would be grammatically incorrect for FLIRG to stand for "First Lady is Really Gay." A more appropriate acronym is "First Lady I'd Rather Gag."

Of course, before this article, I always thought of her as the "first lady i rarely google"

wayne

Flirg is a made up word, made up by liz lemon on thirty rock

Think about this

This is How Racism Works

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said "I do" to?
What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama were a member of the Keating-5?
What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?
This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

- Kelvin LaFond, Fort Worth

PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter....

Imagine you were a business owner and you were interviewing 2 people for a job.
Our country needs to focus on the economy right now.
McCain has said he doesn’t know much about economy.
What if McCain provided you with a list of references to call about his ability and the first person on the list (Carly Fiorina, McCain’s aide) said “I don’t think McCain is qualified to run a corporation.” What if Sarah Palin said “I don’t know what the Vice President does.”

Sarah Palin’s husband calls himself “First Dude”
What if Barack’s wife, Michelle called herself by a street-slang name.

Sarah Palin called Michelle Obama unpatriotic.
Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd was a member of the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) a political party who wants Alaska to secede from the United States and become their own nation.

Our country needs change right now.

Barack Obama has been saying all along that he will bring the change we need.
Barack Obama says he will give tax breaks to Americans who earn under $ 250,000.00 per year.
Barack Obama says he will quit giving tax breaks to big businesses that ship their jobs overseas. He will raise taxes on American’s who earn over $ 250,000.

Barack Obama said he will go through the budget line-by-line and delete any program that is not working.
SO NOW John McCain is saying he will change things. He says he is going to shake up Washington and go after the “good ole boys.” John McCain has been in Washington for 26 years.
Don’t be fooled, he is a good ole boy.

Larry

Hey Kelvin LaFond, you want to know how racism works? It's by biased fools like you who post racist rants like this on public sites. Why don't you look past these narrow-minded, one-sided ideologies and actually look at the issues at hand and actually create an educated opinion and not one of an obviously closed-minded, ignorant radical. You have publicized to us all that you barely graduated high school and that your thought process deserves about as much attention as a lab rat.

ang

ummm. larry.
that wasnt biased. those were facts. look them up.

pc

Larry seems to have put an exclamation point on Kevin's point.

Well done, Larry.

Texas

Thanks for the "This is How Racism Works" comment - I already knew of most of those facts, but never made the connection on some of them (most of the hypocrisy is pretty blatant).

Also, this is pretty funny how SNL did a virtually word-for-word repeat of Palin's interview. No need to even embellish it really. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeMypXCUWMw

I like McCain, but to me it shows 1) just ANOTHER example of how unqualified she really is if she needs to step in for McCain (very likely at his age) and 2) McCain's lack of judgment in his first major decision as the presidential candidate...he seems to have a history of rash decisions...

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