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....