How To Tell Your Smush From Your Smosh

Are you getting Smush Parker mixed up with other people because of his name? Here’s a guide to straighten you out.

1. Smush

Point guard William Henry “Smush” Parker played for six different NBA teams (including the Lakers) between 2002 and 2008. His war of words with ex-teammate Kobe Bryant has brought him back into the headlines recently.


SMERSH was a Russian counter-intelligence agency in the Red Army from 1943 to 1946. The organization had a second life of sorts as the bad guys in several of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, like Casino Royale.

3. Smosh

Smosh is the much-loved, much-hated Internet comedy duo of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla formed in 2005. Their delightful/intolerable You Tube videos have garnered over a billion views. That’s “billion” with a b.

4. Smash

C’mon. You know what Smash is. You may wish you didn’t, but you do. Just get a box of wine and hate-watch a few episodes already.

5. Schmich

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich is a Pulitzer Prize winner and wrote Brenda Starr for a quarter of a century. But you probably know her best for penning the article which became the basis for Baz Luhrmann’s 1999 smash “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).”

6. Smoosh, Smoosh, and Smoosh

Smoosh has a variety of meanings and associations. It can refer to a Seattle indie pop band now known as Chaos Chaos. It was infamously used as a euphemism for intercourse on MTV’s Jersey Shore, whose cast even had a designated “smoosh room.” But best of all, Smoosh was an Oasis-like band portrayed by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross on their sketch comedy series Mr. Show.

And Now You Know!

I can only hope you feel smarter now.

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