Radio: Womp & Woof

Television, still more babble than business, dignified its small talk with a glossary of its own last week. NBC published a 55-page booklet, listing words & phrases commonly used in video. Some were borrowed from cinema and radio, others were new:

Womp: a sudden flare-up of light.

Woof: engineers' slang for goodbye, similar to a reporter's "30."

Cans: telephone headsets.

Noodle (verb): to play a few bars of background music.

Blizzard head: any blonde.

Broads: batteries of fluorescent lamps.

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