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CHAT? Re: by. They Have a Word for It!

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2001, 0:00
Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
>Hmm--I haven't read the book (but mean to), but I saw the phrase "film at >leven" (film at eleven?) in a couple sf stories depicting decaying urban >societies. One of them was David Feintuch's _Voices of Hope_. I think it' >s even the last sentence in the book and I can't for the life of me figure >out what movies? at 11? have to do with anything. Is this a phrase from a >similarly previous era? Help...
Has that usage died _already_ from over-use? Not too long ago, during prime-time station breaks or "important bulletin" breaks, TV announcers would come on-screen, go "blah blah blah, film at eleven". Quite often, there would be no further mention of it on the 11 o'clock news. My local TV channels have the annoying habit of breaking in with "important bulletins" at the most inopportune times, e.g. just before the Final Jeopardy question. They blah blah blah just long enough, so that they can rejoin the program for the last 5 mins. of commercials. They never break in during the commercials, of course. Another phrase a friend of mine had a lot of fun with (he was in the ad game) was: "Be the first on your block.....etc. etc. " From about the 60s I'd guess.


Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>