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People only just realising Friends created popular dating term everyone uses today

People only just realising Friends created popular dating term everyone uses today

Turns out Friends' Joey Tribbiani coined a dating term that's widely used today

If you needed any more proof that Friends is the greatest TV show ever, well here it is.

People are just realising that the US sitcom created a popular dating term and we simply cannot stop thinking about this juicy fact.

In what could be one of the greatest pieces of Friends trivia, people are learning that in one very memorable episode, an iconic dating term was born.

A dating term was born in season one (NBC)
A dating term was born in season one (NBC)

The sitcom - which starred Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc - first hit our screens back in 1994, running for a decade before it ended in 2004.

It's hard to believe that the show ended 20 years ago, but that's probably because we still regularly watch it today.

From tuning in every Friday night, to now binge-watching all seasons over on Netflix, the way we watch the show might have changed, but it still gives us those nostalgic feels.

And Friends isn't just entertaining, but educational too.

For one, we knew how to spell 'Phoebe' from a young age (P as in Phoebe, H as in Hoebe, O as in Oebe, E as in Ebe, B as in Bebe and E as in ‘ello there, mate).

Then there's what you should - and shouldn't do - if you get stung by a jellyfish.

And don't even get us started on a 'moo point' - IYKYK.

But one huge lesson that we all learnt from Friends is what the term 'friend zone' means.

Yep, the iconic dating term was created by Friends in season one.

In 'The One With The Blackout', Ross can be seen chatting to Rachel in Monica's apartment.

Rachel leaves the conversation, before Ross goes to get up from sitting on the floor. As he begins to walk away, Joey says: “Never gonna happen... You and Rachel... You waited too long to make your move, and now you’re in the friend zone.”

Ross - who was pining after Rachel pretty hard at this point - disagreed with Joey, explaining: "I'm not in the zone."

"Ross, you're mayor of the zone," Joey responds.

Joey tells Ross he's in the 'friend zone' (NBC)
Joey tells Ross he's in the 'friend zone' (NBC)

People have been pretty blown away after discovering the origins of the phrase, with one writing: "The moment you realise that Joey Tribbiani invented the word 'Friendzone' in 1994."

While another said: "I genuinely didn’t know the show Friends created the term Friend Zone."

Ironically of course, after the term was coined about them, Ross and Rachel famously made their way out of the friend zone.

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Topics: Friends, TV And Film