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

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Monday, August 6, 2001, 15:16
On Saturday, August 4, 2001, at 05:04 PM, Roger Mills wrote:

> 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 > > 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. >
Oh! <enlightenment> "Film" as in "video clip," not "movie"? I never heard the phrase as I was growing up...but then, my parents quite possibly had no reason to know of it either. <sheepish look> That makes more sense now.
> 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.
<shudder> Yeah--the Armed Forces Korea Network would *always* have these random little announcements at the randomest times. OC all the "commercials" were military-related informercials or propaganda, sometimes quite useful for wrapping one's head around WWII trivia. 8-) I sort of miss that sometimes...I loathe 95% of the commercials I barely-pay-attention-to, and if you *know* it's propaganda, you can at least get some history out of it....
> 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.
That one I'd heard. :-) Thanks too to John Cowan for answering! YHL, slightly wiser in the ways of the world