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?

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  • Seinfeld is full of random and obscure reference humor.
    – sanpaco
    Oct 7, 2016 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, 2016 at 19:31
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    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, 2016 at 19:54
  • I agree with the above: "Yo Yo Ma" => "Mo' Mo' ... Man!" // "Boutros Boutros-Ghali" => "Boob Boob ... Golly!"
    – John
    Oct 7, 2016 at 22:26
  • Just part of the long tradition (okay — brief tradition) of Western comedians finding his name funny. Dec 16, 2022 at 10:05

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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 ;)

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    This is exactly the answer.
    – dbugger
    Oct 7, 2016 at 21:16

Yo Yo Ma is a cellist. And Boutros Boutros-Ghali was a general or something for Egypt I believe and a member of the UN in the later 90s. Their references, although seeming obscure now, are usually indicative of headline news at the time. Like the Salman Rushdie episode. Popular news at the time.

  • He was a minister but not in the army (while in Egypt) if I properly recall, then secretary of the UN.
    – OldPadawan
    Dec 15, 2022 at 20:46

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