30 Rock: An A to Z guide
Avian Bone Syndrome
An illness causing brittle bones, which afflicted Jack Donaghy's ex-girlfriend Phoebe.
Anna Howard Shaw Day
Feb. 14, the birthday of the famed American suffragette, which Lemon repurposes as an anti-Valentine's Day.
Short for awesome.
Expression made popular by the comic strip character Cathy, made priceless by Liz Lemon.
Tracy Jordan's Ben and Jerry's flavor
Black Cop, White Cop
A film starring Tracy Jordan.
See also: Who Dat Ninja, Hard to Watch, Sherlock Homie, Honky Grandma Be Trippin', A Blaffair to Rememblack, Cruise Boat, Death Bank, Black Caveman, President Homeboy, Samurai I-Am-Awry, and Fat Bitch (''She's off the leash!'')
An expression of exasperation, translating to anything from ''Whoops!'' to ''S#@&!'', inspired by a frustrating Ikea product.
''By the hammer of Thor!''
Blerg, but with more passion.
NBC news anchor, nemesis of Avery Jessup.
Reputation of Lemon's boyfriend Dennis Duffy.
An underground organization of influential African-Americans who conspire against Tracy.
A world inhabited by beautiful people, where no criticism or limitations exist; Lemon's ex Drew Baird (Jon Hamm) lives there
A state of inebriation resulting from a boozy meeting; per Jack Donaghy, similar to rich drunk and legal to drive.
An shoot-'em-up drama starring Will Ferrell, executive produced by Jack Burditt & former NBC entertainment chief Ben Silverman; catchphrases: ''Happy birthday, bitches!'', ''Put the mimosas down...bitch!''
Per Jenna Maroney, sneaking something wonderful about yourself into everyday conversation; example: ''It's hard for me to watch American Idol because I have perfect pitch.''
Not the acronym for ''Best Friends Forever'' at 30 Rock; something vulgar that has never been revealed — probably for the best.
A BET sitcom for which Toofer wrote before joining TGS.
A yearly NBC event when senior executives switch workloads with junior employees for a day.
Bro Body Douche
The sick body spray company Liz turns to as a possible TGS sponsor. Definitely not Axe.
Colloquial name for Cleveland, Ohio, location of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and nearly home to Lemon until she broke up with her boyfriend Floyd.
To majorly screw something up.
Jenna's iteration of ''Oh, snap!''
Also known as The C-Word; the worst word you can call a woman.
?Kenneth's British alter ego.
A relationship killer; also, the subject of Lemon's short-lived talk show.
Damn It, I'll Pick a Name Later Dot Com Productions
? Tracy's production company.
''Don't be cry''
Lemon-speak for ''Cheer up!''
A term of endearment, if you're Dennis Duffy.
A term invented by Miami Vice's Philip Michael Thomas and co-opted by Tracy to describe the achievement of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. (Related note: Tracy did EGOT; Thomas did not...not even close.
One of two things Kenneth loves; see also: television.
A man who doesn't wear a tuxedo after 6 p.m., according to Jack.
A swine named Harold that Kenneth adopted as a role model and father figure when his own pa died; Kenneth later ate his father-pig in a contest so he could afford to move to New York.
A passive-aggressive military tactic, modeled after Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus, that Jack applies to his relationship with Avery Jessup, wherein he retreats from all her advances until she gives up.
The male equivalent of a Cranky Sue.
Kenneth's name for a portable microwave (see also: biteNUKER); Tracy's nickname for his derriere
According to NBC language, ''America's first non-judgmental, business-friendly environmental advocate''; in truth, a short-sighted, short-lived means for General Electric chairman Don Geiss to cash in on ''this environmentalism trend.''
More than berserk, less than insane.
A chemicalized weapon Jack proposes to the Pentagon.
''Gangway for the footcycle!''
How Lemon's British boyfriend Wesley Snipes warns pedestrians he's riding by on his bicycle.
A euphemism for a curse word or one of its homophones, proposed by a Republican Congressman in season 2.
high-fiving a million angels
Lemon's way of congratulating herself for a job well done.
An NBC game show in which contestants are challenged to define a word that has two meanings. (The answer is always ''Sorry, it's the other one.'')
A gathering of naysayers, per Tracy.
Angie Jordan's catchphrase on Queen of Jordan.
An unused wedding dress on a single girl, if you're Liz Lemon.
Alcohol served to children (a.k.a. young Kenneth Parcell) in Stone Mountain, Ga.
A way to ensure Lemon won't attend your club/event/whatever.
''I want to go to there''
Lemon's expression of praise/longing.
''Into the crevasse''
A business strategy Jack employs in which a party must consciously go the lowest possible point of power to ascend back to a control position.
''I love it so much I want to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant!''
Tracy's highest praise (especially for cornbread).
Jack's term for the combination of innovation and invention.
An indeterminate amount of time before something ahead-of-its-time will happen (see: Child Hell Flight, a reality show about a 6-year-old captaining plane full of people, hosted by Tom Bergeron).
An unauthorized Janis Joplin biopic starring Jenna.
To be so happy you throw up.
The name of the Japanese Body pillow with which James Franco and Lemon had a wild threesome.
The singles section of the Kraft website frequented by Lemon.
The charity concert Jack organizes for his ailing father Milton Greene, the theme of which ''He Needs a Kidney'' featured performances by Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, the Beastie Boys, Steve Earle, Adam Levine, Sara Bareilles, Wyclef Jean, Norah Jones, Talib Kweli, Michael McDonald, Rhett Miller, Moby, Robert Randolph, Rachael Yamagata, and Cyndi Lauper.
The company (totally not Comcast) that buys out GE in season 5; according to its official website: ''Why KableTown with a K? Because K stands for the Kindness we show our customers, the Keen interest we take in their needs and because CableTown with a C was already the name of a store that sold cable-knit sweaters and legal said we had to spell it with a K.''
To laugh and whiz at the same time, brought on by great joy or amusement.
A (failed) philosophy embraced by Lemon in season 5 that balanced her work and personal lives.
The TGS writers' Christmas party.
A mandatory party thrown by Liz Lemon.
''Live every week like it's shark week!''
Advice Tracy wished he had received early in life.
The act of self-sabotaging.
An actor with whom Jenna has a rather...ummmm... complicated relationship. See also:
''I will break you down completely, and build you up from scratch. Just like Mickey Rourke did to me sexually.''
''Your new vibe is a double-edged sword. Much like the one Mickey Rourke tried to kill me with.''
''If you can't handle the heat, then get off of Mickey Rourke's sex grill.''
''Nice try, Hazel, but you made the same mistake Mickey Rourke made on that catamaran. You didn't kill me when you had the chance.''
''Did you see last night's ratings?! The only show I've ever been on that got a 10/2 is when Mickey Rourke threw me on the field during the Super Bowl.''
''No Liz, don't test it, especially this early in a relationship. It's like when Mickey Rourke tested his catapult on me.''
''Mickey Rourke wants to take me camping!''
The part of the mind to be juiced for ideas.
See ''By the hammer of Thor!'' and ''blerg!''
One of Jack's ideas that became NBC's most successful show.
A grumpy, seemingly crazy homeless man who wear a vest embellished with moons to whom Kenneth occasionally speaks.
Merkins for Hope
A charity Jenna promotes when she is not allowed to front for Locks of Love.
Willpower; the part of the mind meant for crushing problems, according to Jack.
Jenna's hit single.
The fantasy astronaut to whom Lemon regularly refers as her dream man.
For Lemon, the act of eating pancakes for lunch.
Lemon's joyful habit (sometimes with song!) of eating cheese... at night.
Operation Righteous Cowboy Lightning
Jack's plan to create a telethon before an actual disaster struck, thus cashing in while other networks scrambled to pull together an event — a plan that resulted in him airing a fundraiser for Mel Gibson's storm-struck private island.
Lemon's nickname for a similarly named NBC employee who dated Floyd before she did.
An event to establish the hierarchy between NBC pages or settle a serious conflict.
An alliance formed by Jenna and Tracy to fix TGS's issues.
People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
Jack's nickname for San Francisco.
Party Town, U.S.A.
An expression indicating something truly awesome.
Queen of Jordan
The Real Housewives-esque Bravo reality show starring Tracy's wife Angie.
quadruple bunion surgery
A procedure given only to one whose ancestors mated with dinosaurs (i.e. Liz).
According to Jack, ''Making it through a full 24 hours without a single misstep.... The only people who have ever done it are Lee Iacocca, Jack Welch, and — no judgment! — Saddam Hussein''
The Rural Juror
An indie film starring Jenna based on a hard-to-pronounce crime thriller.
The person you're destined to be with, even if you're not really into them; see: Wesley Snipes.
''Shut it down!''
Lemon's riff on ''Stop the madness!''
An idiot with whom a non-idiot has a purely physical relationship; see also: Lochte, Ryan.
Stride of Pride
Liz Lemon's reformation of the ''Walk of Shame.''
Sabor de Soledad
A cheap Mexican cheese puff Lemon enjoys that causes false positives on pregnancy tests.
To sneeze and fart at the same time.
To have been scammed.
The most handsome animal, per Jack and Danny.
Celtic slang, inadmissible in an America with a black president, according to Tracy.
The best day of the year, when union employees buy sandwiches for all of TGS from a secret (and super-delicious) shop.
Jars of urine Frank stores on Lemon's windowsill because...?
A vacation destination for Jenna and her fiancé Paul L'Astname (a.k.a. Miss Jinah Baloney).
Someone who fulfills two checkboxes in a hiring procedure; ex. TGS writer James Spurlock, an African American who graduated from Harvard.
The Friday night sketch comedy show around which 30 Rock is based, formerly known as The Girlie Show.
Something to say when encountering or announcing an unexpected turn of events.
What Jenna's whole life is, which is why nobody can steal hers.
To purposefully screw something up; how Jack plans to wrest control of NBC when he hears that Kabletown CEO Hank Hooper is retiring.
Tracy Jordan Meat Machine
A questionably safe product developed by Tracy and endorsed by dubious Dr. Leo Spaceman that melds three meats together — because ''meat is the new bread.''
Twig and Plums
The Princeton secret society to which Jack belongs; a rival of Harvard's Skull and Bones.
The sequel to The Rural Juror, written by Kevin Grisham (brother of John, above).
Jenna's chilled-out catchphrase, formulated after her single ''Catching Crabs in Paradise'' is unexpectedly popular in northern Florida.
A curse word of unclear origin (possibly German, Dutch, or French), often lobbed at others by TGS writer Sue LaRoche-Van der Hout.
A religion established by the TGS writers founded upon a belief in pizza, root beer, bisexual polygamy, and the high holy day of MerlinPeen, and which shuns Secret Santa rituals.
Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming
Jack's hybrid title at the start of the series.
Wesley's British terminology for his bike; see also: footcycle.
''Werewolf Bar Mitzvah''
Tracy's ''spooky scary'' single about a boy becoming... a werewolf.
''What the what?!''
Lemon's expression of frustration. See also: ''By the hammer of Thor!''
A way to announce a gleeful use of punnery.
Pornography, a surprisingly frequent theme of 30 Rock; see: Tracy's videogame Goregasm: The Legend of Dong Slayer; see: Jenna's Japanese porn star diet (''You can only eat paper, but you can eat all the paper you want''); see: Tracy Jordan's DVD collection and habit of going to strip clubs.
An insult to someone you just outwitted; see Jenna on Hardball.
''You wish, pal!''
A phrase coined by Jack in 1985.