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In The Jerk (1979) there's a line like this:

Navin: Really? A cosmetologist? It must be tough to handle the weightlessness.

What does it mean?

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The humor is in the misconception that a cosmetologist goes into space, which is weightless.

The word Navin was confusing was COSMONAUT - an astronaut, or COSMOLOGIST - astrophysicist.

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    Or, more generally, a confusion between the two Greek roots kosmos (appearance) and cosmos (universe). – Justin Lardinois Dec 28 '14 at 0:29
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    @JustinLardinois There's no difference between kosmos and cosmos, just different transliterations. The root of cosmetologist is kosmētikos. – Hashim May 30 at 0:38

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