rtaylor at bayou.com
Sat Jan 10 20:07:57 EST 2004
At 11:57 AM 1/10/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>The Most Creative award required several rounds of voting to get
>the mood of the meeting clear. Among those suggested were the
>several terms devised to refer to the new governor of California,
>Arnold Schwarzenegger, "governator", "gropenator", and
>"gropenführer", variously referring to his part in the Terminator
>films, his origins, and the allegations of sexual harassment made
>against him. But the winner here was a word that subscribers to
>this newsletter have recently heard about (see
>http://quinion.com?XB): "freegan", a person, nominally vegan, who
>eats only what they can get for nothing. Still on food, the Most
>Useful category winner for a word or phrase which most fills a need
>for a new word was won by "flexitarian", a vegetarian who
>occasionally eats meat.
Speaking of these types of definitions, back in 85 or so, I submitted a
"Snigglet" to the HBO show "Not Necessarily the News" and it made it on the
air. Stuart Pankin did the skit. You might know Stuart for later playing
tiny parts in movies and shows, and his brother is doing all of those silly
Dyteck.com commercials today.
Anyway, a snigglet is a word that *should* be in the dictionary, but isn't.
My snigglet was:
"Televator: the rolling line on a television when the horizontal hold isn't
So, I invented the word televator, and Stuart depicted what one looked like
by the show techies simulating the viewer's screen rolling up and over,
while Stuart tried to look up onto his other self as he read the Snigglet.
Unfortunately, that was my 15 seconds of fame (yet to be outdone by
Rich Hall sent me some autographed crap and the Snigglet becames theirs,
later to appear in the board game by the same name and some desktop cube
calendars... no telling what else. I just found the game at Goodwill 6
months ago, btw, and it's in there on a card.
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