One of my favourite Lorelai-isms is her use of the word ‘Dirty’. It pops up (dirty!) throughout the seven seasons and in one word, captures both her fun-loving childish side as well as her grown-up-ness-ness.

luke and lorelai and sid and nancy

From humble beginnings…

Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you’re the one that named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: Toolbox, dirty.
Luke: Oh geez.

Bonus point for the first person to tell me the name of Luke’s toolbox.  On to one of my personal favourites, conjuring naughtiness out of thin air:

Luke: Go one day without coffee.
Lorelai: That’s not giving up.
Luke: I’ll put a toy in your cereal.
Lorelai: Dirty!

And a stunning one-two, in a town meeting no less:

Taylor: You really have to work on your punctuality, Lorelai. I banged the meeting in a half an hour ago.
Lorelai: Uh, dirty!
Taylor: All right now, the last order of business is a matter relating personally to me, therefore I’m going to give Miss Patty my gavel.
Lorelai: Again, dirty!
Taylor: Stop that.

By season 3, other people are doing it without her (ooh dirty):

Rory: We like tacos.
Lorelai: Yes, we do. [reads] “You haven’t had a taco until you’ve spent some time at Hector’s, crisp and meaty – ”
Rory: … dirty.
Lorelai: Thank you.

And a couple to finish from Luke:

Luke: Well, if you have a big one you don’t need a small one. [Lorelai opens her mouth] Don’t say ‘dirty’, it’s too easy.

Luke: No, I’ve filled my whacking quota for the week.  Dirty?
Lorelai: Extremely.

Do you use ‘Dirty’ like Lorelai?  In honour of Lorelai, I challenge you to use it appropriately this week.  I want a dirty epidemic, people.

Pic c/o TheWB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

10 thoughts on “Dirty!

  • January 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm



  • January 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I knew it was Bert without looking it up ha ha!!

  • January 21, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    While I occasionally think Gilmore, I seldom talk it–

    As much as the Lorelai “dirty’ bon-mots were usually hilarious, I always found Rory’s slow approach to that thin blue line until she finally cleared it by a mile was far more intersting. For instance–

    Starting with the early “mary” period [4.12 A family matter] . Rory tells Lorelai that Paris was at AF all night, but claims she was “up all night cramming.” Lorelai :”Well she was!!” Rory “Ewh.”

    Then a paraphrased discussion at a family dinner about the ladies met during the Richard/Digger Atlantic City trek when Rory starts to really mirror Lorelai. Lorelai “Wonder how much they charge for talking.” Rory : “Depends on what else they are doing.” Emily : “Rory, I expect that from you mother but not you.”

    And finally Rory comes into her own in this paraphrased disussion with Logan after his return from the Netherlands [6.3 The Ungraduate]. Logan: “Now you have seen all my pictures, when do I get to see yours?” Rory: “You saw mine five minutes ago mister!!” Logan “:I hate it when you work blue.”

    • January 22, 2015 at 12:16 am

      Well done Bert lovers! Half a House point each to REGIS and Leslie.

      Nice work Mcityrk, watching Rory’s coming of age by way of adeptness with smut! She always was her mother’s daughter… I wouldn’t be surprised if Richard saw that side of Emily behind closed doors!

  • February 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I know I am not the first, but BERT!!!!! I knew it without Google as well

    • February 13, 2015 at 1:37 am

      I wonder what she named ‘Ernie’… (Dirty!)

  • February 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    And I do use dirty, instead of “That’s what she said” usually.

  • February 16, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Luke’s other “tool box”. …wait for it…


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