The other night, during his Tweets and emails segment, TV's Craig Ferguson naughtily coined a phrase: "beaded curtain."
Well, he didn't coin it per se; the two-word term has been around for a long, long time. What he did was add an air of mystery to it, making it a sexually suggestive phrase.
Shortly after the show signed off for the night, I signed on to Urban Dictionary to submit a new definition:
A vaguely sexual allusion intended to distract and confuse network television censors. Originally used by CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson on June 29, 2011, in response to a question posed by a viewer via email.To my surprise and disappointment, Urban Dictionary rejected my submission.
Geoff Peterson: "I enjoy a good beaded curtain now and again."
Craig Ferguson: "Go ahead, censors, look it up. We'll wait."
I think that web site will come to regret this decision. "Beaded curtain" in this sense is going to begin to take root. The Robot Skeleton Army (the Craig Ferguson fan club, so to speak) has already taken up the cause of adding "beaded curtain" to the national lexicon:
Is Beaded Curtain a Thing?Here's a link to that poster, which shows Geoff Peterson behind a beaded curtain.
If it wasn’t, it is now. Craig and Geoff’s conversation about beaded curtains got the RSA’s @doxieone1 inspired to come up with a fun poster.
I predict you'll be hearing the phrase "beaded curtain" before too long, and you'll titter when you hear it. (And maybe titter about it on Twitter soon afterward.)