* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The whole play is composed of these.
* HoYay: Unsurprisingly, given the [[OscarWilde Author]]. [[spoiler: Which quickly becomes squicky at the end.]]
* MemeticMutation: Lady Bracknell's incredulous "A '''''handbag?!!'''''" has almost entered British English as a stock phrase.
** The LargeHam delivery by Dame Edith Evans in the 1952 film has taken on a life of its own on Website/YouTube.
*** To a lesser extent, "To misplace one parent might be regarded as a misfortune, to misplace both seems like carelessness!" is often used by PrivateEye for political scandals, MadLibs-style.
* ShippingBedDeath: Discussed.
-->It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is [[WillTheyOrWontThey uncertainty]].