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Purple monkey dishwasher

Props to Matt Zoller Seitz for feeling free to use a Simpsonsism in the pages of the New York Times without explaining it:

To acquire the cleverly named Book of Secrets, Ben plots to kidnap the current president…and blah, blah, blah purple monkey dishwasher.

It’s basically another way of saying “blah, blah, blah,” so he’s a bit redundant. See the reference to the appropriate Simpsons episode.

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Grant Barrett