Why are the all-encompassing paper towels are so common in our everyday lives?
The common paper towel metaphor, which is often employed to describe the many different products we use daily, was coined by author and comedian John Oliver in the first episode of his new HBO show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Oliver says in the clip that the term “paper towel” is “used for everything from laundry detergent to toothpaste.”
But the most popular usage of the word paper towel has to do with towels, which Oliver refers to as “a kind of sponge.”
Oliver also refers to the towels in “Paper Tractors,” an HBO special on the topic that premiered last month.
He says in an interview with the Associated Press that the word “paper” itself is derived from the word towel.
Oliver said in the episode that he was inspired to create the towel metaphor because of the popularity of paper towels at his home in Vancouver, Canada.
“People will walk into the house and they will pick up a paper towel,” Oliver said.
“I’m just like, ‘What the fuck?
What the fuck is that?’
You know, they are like, this is so hard to explain.”
Oliver added that he has noticed that towels are often used as a verb.
“When you talk about towels, it means to wash your hands,” Oliver explained.
“You don’t mean to throw out your towel.”
In an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Oliver admitted that he uses the word to describe people he sees “all the time” or “all day.”
“The word paper towels is used by a lot of people all the time,” Oliver told Colbert.
“It’s the way they talk to you, it’s the word that you hear.
And so, you know, it kind of makes me think that, you see somebody in the street, and you say, ‘Hey, this guy has a paper bag,'” Oliver said, adding that people also say “paper bag” when talking about towels.
“The reason I use it is because I see a lot.
I see people all over the place, all day, every day.
I mean, I’m not saying that they are always going to throw their towels away, I just don’t think that’s really what it means.”
Oliver’s explanation of the usage of paper towel in his show came as part of a broader conversation about how we use language and use words.
Oliver has also become a regular contributor to social media sites like Twitter and Reddit, where he frequently shares memes, viral videos, and other humorous content.
In the past, Oliver has shared the phrase “The New York Times has the best cover story of the year” on Twitter.
In an April tweet, Oliver used the word ‘cover story’ to refer to a story that was being published in the New York Daily News.
Oliver also shared an image of a post he wrote about a post on the website Buzzfeed titled, “The worst thing a newspaper can ever do to you is take a photo of your face.”
“If you have the New Yorkers worst cover story,” Oliver wrote in the tweet, “I want you to take a picture of your mouth.
That will make everyone in the world laugh.
That’s all I want you guys to do.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but Oliver said he has been using it in other instances.
“Twitter has made it very easy for me to share and share with other people and so I’ve been using the hashtag #WorstCoverStory ever since I tweeted that,” Oliver tweeted.
“A photo of my mouth is a terrible thing.”
In the last episode of “Last Wives Weekend,” Oliver joked that his new series is about the “paper towels we’re using every day.”