’30 Rock’: These Liz Lemon Phrases Will Prevent Holiday ‘Nerd Rage’

The last episode of NBC’s 30 Rock aired back in 2013, but the iconic sitcom is just as relevant today. Tina Fey’s comedic look at the entertainment industry produced hilarious one-liners and “Liz Lemon-approved advice” that can be used anywhere, anytime.

Just as fans of The Office know how to toss around a “that’s what she said,” 30 Rock‘s allegiance has a spare “blergh” to use when the time is right. With the holidays nigh, here’s your 30 Rock survival guide.

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon | Ali Goldstein/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

When you burn the macaroni and cheese, you’ve ‘Lemoned’

Liz Lemon verbified is to “Lemon” something. It’s the feeling of messing up but with the delight of calling it something else entirely. Jack (Alec Baldwin) often lamented he “Lemoned” a situation, to which Lemon would ask whether that’s a thing people are saying.

Her use of the word is closer to “doing it awesome.” So really, if you “Lemon” something, you still can view yourself as the hero of the story.

When you’re in a room full of people, everyone’s a ‘nerd’

Lemon often used “Nerds!” as an exclamation when Tracy (Morgan) did something wild. She also used it as a sign of affection, mixed with mild annoyance. 

Holiday gatherings are a great place to test this one out because no one will know whether you’re being facetious.

When asked a million questions about your personal life, use this Lemon-esque answer

We can all agree that Oprah is a queen. Just as Lemon would answer an uncomfortable question with, “I pretty much just do whatever Oprah tells me to,” you can, too.

For example, when someone asks why you’re “still single” or why you “have so many cats,” you reply, “I pretty much do what Oprah tells me to.” Conversation over.

When a family member drinks too much wine and sobs over the rolls

Holiday time can bring out the sensitive sides of people. Whether they’re struggling with the holiday for specific reasons or had a little too much merlot, how do you react?

Pull a Lemon, and offer a kind pat on the head. Then, use words of comfort, such as “don’t be cry.” Not only will you be the hero that person needs, you’ll have earned yourself another piece of pie.

When it’s time to go but you want to be polite

If you’ve ever caught yourself in a holiday activity or conversation with someone who won’t let you leave (but you don’t want to be rude), it’s time to do what Lemon would do.

Simply stand up and declare, “Now I’m heading home for a nooner, which is what I call having pancakes for lunch.” Then, grab your keys, and exit the building as quickly as possible. If they try a follow-up, add “no thank you, please,” then vanish.

There are obviously a lot more Lemon-approved sayings in the 30 Rock sphere. But we’re busy working on our night cheese, so you’re on your own. If all else fails and the holiday stress is eating you alive, high-five yourself and grab a sandwich. You’re doing great.