tick-tock
 n.Gloss: A chronological recounting of events. «In the convention of the recovery narrative, readers will want to scan past the tick-tock, looking for the yucky part so that they can feel better about themselves.» —“Me and My Girls” by David Carr New York Times July 20, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Ben Zimmer says:

    For more on the history of the term, with cites back to 1973, see this post:

    http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0506A&L=ADS-L&P=R458

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