For those in the know and continuously on their Thursday night NBC comedy lineups, this will come as old news. For those that are casual viewers or completely unaware who “Tom Haverford” is, he’s a fictional character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation show, played by comedian Aziz Ansari.
The show has several running jokes with its ensemble of characters, one of which plays off Aziz’s impeccable comedic timing and ridiculous slang terms. In this particular segment, Tom Haverford explains his “food slang,” which has in turn spurned a notable meme across the Internet. So much so, it inspired a novel website where users can submit their own names for food using Tom’s slang, TomHaverfoods.com.
It all stemmed from this ridiculous bit, as he explained to one of his co-workers he was going to order up some “Appz and Zerts,” slanging that he would order “Appetizers and Desserts.“