Seriously, Grey's Anatomy Leaves McMark

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The One, Only McDreamy
You know a show has become a hit when it starts leaving a mark -- however small -- on contemporary culture.

The characters on Grey's Anatomy are known for their witty banter, and a couple of their catch-phrases have become a part of the American lexicon. Beginning very early in the first season, a "McLabeling" trend.

The first reference was, obviously, to Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd. Smitten with Derek from day one, Dr. Meredith Grey used the term to convey that he was, in her estimation, the quintessential heartthrob.

As the clever phrase caught on with audiences and cast members alike, other characters (and pets, and inanimate objects) began being McLabeled.

Derek's former best friend, Dr. Mark Sloan, was nicknamed "McSteamy" by the interns when he visited Seattle Grace. In addition to his handsomeness, Sloan was also Addison Shepherd's infamous former lover, contributing greatly to his McSteaminess -- and the "McVomit" George was about to choke down if forced to listen to his counterparts gush over Sloan any longer.

When Addison (who is "McHot" herself, according to normally macho intern Alex Karev) and Derek decided to reconcile, Meredith lamented losing her "McLife" and adopted a shaggy "McDog" to help herself cope. When her canine companion fell ill, he was treated by Finn Dandridge, who promptly became known as "McVet."

McVet & McDog
Additionally, the characters often overuse "seriously" both at the start and the end of sentences, making their questions or statements more emphatic.

Creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes says that Krista Vernoff, one of the show's top writers, used the saying all the time, and it quickly grew contagious, spreading to the cast and permeating its dialogue.

What do the writers have in store for us next season? We can only wait and see, but chances are that these and other amusing trends will surface.

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Well, I haven't started with the McLabelling yet, although I probably will in due course, and I say seriously quite a lot anyway. That's probably just because I'm British - goes along with the drinking tea, I suppose. However, I do have a boss who now, thanks to me, has successfully received the nickname 'The Nazi'. She could give Dr Bailey a run for her money! Seriously!


hey awesome :) yay there's another 1 even through i will hav 2 wait longer then u guys cause i live in nz :( yea........


Seriously!!They Should Bring Back McDenny B//c He Is So McSexxy..SERIOUSLY!!!


Just last night my kids were fighting in the elevator...over who would push the button. I mean, trying to literally take the other DOWN. Me: "Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!?!


I never use those words. Seriously. and by the way, it is McSeptember yet????????????????????


Seriously... is it September yet?


lol seriously! i mean u just can't help saying it - its so catchy... i like use it all the time now... & i use the "Mc" thing, too lol. & yea, there's also the "va-jay jay" & the "good girl" & im sure there's others... i guess when u become addicted to the show u just kinda start using their lingo along with it lol. seriously.


Vajayjay! Yeah that's another one! I'm a CNA (certified nurses aide) and one of my residents said her vagina hurt I almost told the nurse that the resident's vajayjay hurt! I caught myself though.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.