Leonard wants to know Penny’s friends, and he wants to be accepted by them. Now, Sheldon wants to know if he is successful at that.

(Season 3, Episode 6: The Cornhusker Vortex)



Sheldon: So Leonard, how goes the mimesis?

Leonard: Mimesis?

Sheldon: You know. Mimesis. An action in which the mimic takes on the properties of a specific object or organism. Mimesis.

Leonard: What the hell are you talking about?

Sheldon: I’m attempting to communicate with you without my meaning becoming apparent to those around you. Let me try again. Have the indigenous fauna accepted you as one of their own? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Leonard: Oh, I guess so.

Sheldon: Good.



mimesis = In this context, it’s another term for mimicry (= the act of copying the sounds or behavior of a particular person)

mimic = a person who can copy the sounds or movements of other people

property = a quality that something has

apparent = able to be seen or understood

indigenous = used to refer to, or relating to, the people who originally lived in a place, rahter than people who moved there from somewhere else

fauna = all the animals that live in a particular area

to nudge = If you nudge someone, you push them gently, usually with your elbow, in order to draw their attention to something.

to wink = When you wink at someone, you look towards them and close one eye very briefly, usually as a signal that something is a joke or a secret.

(definitions taken from the Cambridge and Collins Dictionary)


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