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A phenomenon—especially common in the modern era of densely-referential comedy—wherein a person refers to a quote or device in a piece of art or entertainment, unaware of the source material or even the fact that the current piece is, itself, referring to something else.

verb: referencept
adjective: referenceptive
Lana Kane - Archer (TV): "Baby, I *am* putting you in the corner."

Person 1: HA! Where do they come up with lines like that?
Person 2: Wait, what?
Person 1: What do you mean, what?
Person 2: Dude. That's from Dirty Dancing.
Person 1: ... What's a dirty dancing?
Person 2: Okay, you know there were a few years between the 70s and the 90s, right?
Person 1: Shut up.
Person 2: Hey, it's okay, buddy... Referenception happens. But you can be my wingman anytime.
Person 1: God I hate you sometimes.
Person 2: I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.
Person 1: ...Surely you're gonna stop doing that.
Person 2: I'm not, and don't call me Shirley.
Person 1: Yeah, okay, I'm literally going to kill you.
Person 2: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Person 1: Get out of my house.
Person 2: Okay.

Person 2: I'll be back.
Person 1: GET OUT.
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by lordjohnmarbury August 15, 2017
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