1. Fritz Lieber's Swords Against series.
2. George R.R. Martin's SoIaF series [no brainer that will probably make tons of other lists]
3. Umberto Eco, Foucalt's Pendulum [a little more obscure/forgotten to make up for GRRM]
SNL Standards and Practices - "you can't say 'midget,' It's just like saying the N-word.'
John Mulaney - "No it isn't, because you JUST SAID midget."