Slanguage

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Slanguage is the unique vocabulary employed by the entertainment trade magazine Variety since its launch in 1905. It was created for two purposes: to fit lots of information into short headlines, and to create an "insider" feel for the magazine amongst industry people. Many of the terms first seen in Variety would go on to become standard Hollywood jargon.

The most famous example of slanguage was "Sticks Nix Hick Pix" from 1930, which was used in the James Cagney film Yankee Doodle Dandy. However, the version shown there read "Stix nix hix flix!"

The Animaniacs segment "Variety Speak" featured the Warners singing about how to decode Variety headlines.

Slanguage Terms

  • ankle: refers to when someone either quits or is fired from their position. The term is not meant to specify which, though.
  • kudocast: an awards show broadcast on television, like the Academy Awards or Emmys.
  • narrowcast: programming aimed at a specialized audience.
  • netlet (or weblet): a network with less than a full weekly schedule of programming, such as The WB or UPN.
  • zitcom: a sitcom aimed at a teenage audience. These are most often seen on Saturday mornings, or on children's networks like Nickelodeon.

See also