Reverend Boatwright: "You know, Rory, being a young lady comes with many gifts. Your virtue, for example, is a gift, a precious gift, possibly the most precious gift you possess. You want to give this gift very carefully. It is a gift you can only give to one man. Once you give it, it's gone. You can't re-gift it. If you give it away too soon, to the wrong man, then when the right one does come along, you will have no gift to give. You'll have to buy him a sweater."
['Gilmore Girls' - 10/25/05]
Of all the phrases that were spawned on 'Seinfeld' - "puffy shirt", "man hands", "spongeworthy" , "Master of your domain" - it just may be that "re-gifting" will end up as the one most frequently cited in other TV shows.
This could be due to it being the one 'Seinfeld' concept most common to the general public. Everybody does it. But really, who can truly claim to be Masters of their domains?
That many? I guess I'm just weak......
This marks at least the third time I've heard it used in a show and without reference back to the source. (One of those other examples was in 'Two And A Half Men'; I'm CRAFTing on the other.)
So the concept of re-gifting must be a common practice in Toobworld and everybody already knew it by that name when we first heard it on 'Seinfeld'.
Who knows how far back in History re-gifting can be found? Maybe Balthazar - all decked out in his turban and robes and puffy shirt, - re-gifted the little Lord Jesus with that myrrh. And by bringing Adam the forbidden fruit, wasn't Eve re-gifting to show him how spongeworthy she found him to be?
Don't like my idea? Then let me introduce you to my leetle friend - the middle finger of my man-hand.
But at any rate, there's no Zonk! in Stars Hollow..... this time!