New word? / technical term?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Feb 12 14:41:42 UTC 2008

On Feb 12, 2008, at 6:13 AM, Joanne Despres wrote:

> Having had a little experience editing radio scripts, I can tell you
> that an "outro" is the concluding paragraph of the script.  The term
> is formed by analogy with "intro."
> On 11 Feb 2008, at 20:44, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> [P]lugin adds an -intro_ and [an] _outro_ to an audio [file].
>> I'm not hip enough to this stuff to know what an "outro" is.

let's go back over 40 years to the wonderful track "Intro and Outro"
on the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's debut album Gorilla (released October
1967).  the band members are introduced one by one on their
instruments, then a series of increasing unlikely musicians (Adolf
Hitler on vibes, for example), with J. Arthur Rank on gong as the outro.

read all about it on the wikipedia page:


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