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Dictionary.com: Breaking Bad? Word Stories Behind Four Popular TV Shows

Television has a habit of repurposing and repackaging common sayings into names of shows, from Three’s Company to Orange Is the New Black, and it’s easy to understand why: idioms are packed with rich associations that resonate instantly with viewers, and when applied to titles of the small screen, they quickly communicate the sensibilities of the shows they name. This year’s Emmy roster was ripe with familiar expressions borrowed from the wild. Today we’re going to take a look at how some of these idiomatic phrases were used before we came to associate them with binge-watching and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and explore the insights they offer about these critically acclaimed shows.

Breaking Bad
Break the ice means “start conversation,” break bread means “share food,” break a heart means “cause great sorrow,” and break a story means “publish it first.” But what does breaking bad mean? The mastermind behind Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, chose this title because he thought the phrase was widely used to mean “raising hell.” The Dictionary of American Slang notes break bad as a…

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