Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Unstructured Sniglets

Long, long before The Daily Show there was Not Necessarily the News, which was a kind of sketch comedy take on the news. Overall, it was a medium funny show but it did have one segment which achieved a popularity all its own: I speak of sniglets.

A sniglet is defined as a word that is not in the dictionary but which ought to be. Viewers would send in their suggestions and host Rich Hall would read the best entries on the air. My personal favorite is flopcorn, defined as "The unpopped kernels at the bottom of the cooker".

Bert Christensen's Truth & Humour Collection has a nicely representative sample of sniglets. Enjoy.

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