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Somewhere on the internet I've read about a guy ordering a coffee in the name of "Bueller".

Apparently, the cashier called out that name repeatedly.

I've looked up the term but it gave me no clue as to why it's so hilarious. Is that a cultural reference or a linguistic one?!

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closed as off-topic by Mitch, Matt E. Эллен Jul 31 '14 at 20:35

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about explaining a cultural joke. – Mitch Jul 31 '14 at 20:24
Explaining a joke is only on topic if it requires an understanding of the English language. This joke does not. I realise you couldn't know this before asking. – Matt E. Эллен Jul 31 '14 at 20:37
@MattЭллен You're right. I wasn't sure - in fact I asked whether it was linguistic or cultural thing. Let's close the question. I got my answer anyway so I'm happy. :) – Konrad Viltersten Aug 1 '14 at 9:00
English language arises from English culture and lately a lot about US culture. To deny the legitimacy of Ferris Bueller, is to deny the legitimacy of Shakespeare, Poe, Hemingway, Twain. It would be like the anti-US Arabic rap songs, protesting American culture using American culture. – Blessed Geek Aug 1 '14 at 9:42
@BlessedGeek we're not denying anything. This question does not rely on the English language. If the scene were in a film in a different language the outcome would still be the same. – Matt E. Эллен Aug 1 '14 at 10:13
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It's a trope inspired by the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". The joke arises from a scene in which a teacher (played by Ben Stein) repeatedly calls Bueller's name when he is taking attendance.

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@GMB - thanks for the edit. I must have been conflating two scenes in my flawed memory. Anyone? Bueller? – Jim Mack Aug 1 '14 at 12:09

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