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Rhyming Headlines Quiz

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a game of rhyming headlines based on the 1937 Variety issue, “Sticks Nix Hick Pix,” claiming that rural folks avoid movies about rural folks. This is part of a complete episode.


Obamanomics  n.— «Even financial cabler CNBC has a play, tagging a segment last week “Obamanomics.”» —“Hail to the campaign coin” by Michael Learmonth Variety Jan. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued...


sidezoomer  n.— «Sidezoomers have a variety of strategies, each exaggerated by the configuration of the Caldecott but replicated in bottlenecks across the land: there are the ones who zoom by a few dozen cars, angling in when they see a...


 n.— «Synthistrator. An orchestrator who creates a synthesized mock-up recording.» —“SMPTE what?” by D.R. Stewart Variety July 10, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Paper to Pixels, Pages to Screens

You’ve just read a terrific paperback novel. Would you feel any differently about it if you’d the same words on the glowing screen of an electronic book? Martha and Grant discuss the social and psychological implications of books that...


ankling  n.— «Jon Goldman, who has headed the Irvine-based company since The Collective and Backbone Entertainment merged almost three years ago, is “ankling,” as we say in Variety parlance. That means he’s not quitting in the...