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In the episode The Hamptons of Seinfeld when they see George's girlfriend topless each character expresses their surprise in a different way. Jerry goes like this: Boutros Boutros-Golly!

Why did he use Boutros Boutros Ghali as an expression? Was there any significance behind it?

The scene in the question:

  • Seinfeld is full of random and obscure reference humor. – sanpaco Oct 7 '16 at 19:14
  • IMHO is just some irreverent wordplay. Jerrys line is a parallel structure to Kramer's line, where "Yo Yo...Ma" has Ma as the unexpected bit, and Jerry inverts to having Boutros be the unexpected bit, and Ghali/Golly is the reveal/punch. – Dpeif Oct 7 '16 at 19:31
  • I actually think Jerry says "Ghali", the correct name, just like Kramer says "Yo-Yo Ma" - They are both using the names of real people (that sound kinda funny) to express amazement. – Oliver_C Oct 7 '16 at 19:54
  • I agree with the above: "Yo Yo Ma" => "Mo' Mo' ... Man!" // "Boutros Boutros-Ghali" => "Boob Boob ... Golly!" – John Oct 7 '16 at 22:26
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Using repeated names is meant to evoke two similar (and nice, judging by the tone) breasts while getting past censors.

"Nice racks!" gives it away ;)

  • This is exactly the answer. – dbugger Oct 7 '16 at 21:16

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