mummy, where do I come from?

Found this over at Neil Gaiman’s blog:

“Could you please provide a brief etymology of the word ‘Shatnerian?’ Is this a past-tense usage of an oblique British word, or just a universal adverb for over-emoting and/or bad acting? Just curious. Thanks.

Shatnerian (adj)… rising to the heights of, or at least, approaching the level of thespian artistry of one Wm. Shatner, a Canadian actor with a unique interpretive approach to line reading, dramatic emphasis, pauses and suchlike. (Etym. Coined in his journal by N. Gaiman, author, last night, although I can’t have beeen the first one).”

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