Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How Mainstream Is the Word "Skell"?

I thoroughly enjoyed Monday's series premiere of the show Gotham, in large part because of this scene:

Did you hear it? "Self-righteous, do-goodin' skell-huggers. Always bad-mouthin' us...Like they're such freakin' angels. Please."

Detective Harvey Bullock (played by Donal Logue) uttered the word "skell" on network television!*

*At least, I think he did. I can't figure out what other word that could have been.

It's the most high-profile use of "skell" that I've ever heard. Sure, some skells have been mainstream figures (Charles Bukowski, Charlie Sheen, etc.), but I've never heard the term in such a mainstream setting.

I was happy to hear one of my favorite words on TV, and I hope showrunner Bruno Heller makes it a staple of Gotham. There are plenty of skells in the fictional Gotham City, and it would only be right to call them what they are.

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