The Storied Origins Of The Phrase "That's What She Said"

The Storied Origins Of The Phrase "That's What She Said"

It may seem as though using the quip "that's what she said" in response to a double-entendre is a recent phenomenon, perhaps one started by Steve Carell's character on the U.S. version of The Office. But like many phrases in English, its origins go much, much further, both in time and geography. Hear the origin story in the video below.

The Origin Of "That's What She Said"

The British were using their own version long before Americans discovered it.

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