TV Words

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Dec 6 22:38:08 UTC 2006

The Martha Raye show of the mid 1950s no doubt at least introduced
anglophone America to the word "goombah" -- it was her usual mode of
address to Rocky Graziano, the prizefighter, who had retired from the
ring and was playing a supporting comic role on her show.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Peters <markpeters33 at YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2006 11:17 am
Subject: TV Words

> I'm working on a big project about words (not catchphrases) that
> started on TV shows. I'm interested in both successful and
> unsuccessful words, and I already have a boatload of terms from
> the usual suspects (Seinfeld, Simpsons, Buffy, Daily Show,
> Colbert). I need words from a wider range of old and new shows.
>  Suggestions? I appreciate any leads.
>  Mark Peters
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