Via Anne Thompson, a link to Variety’s Slanguage Dictionary which this cranky Brit nixes. We were first amused then horrified to see how much of this made up bibble babble we use all the time — “Mark Millar will helm this ep of the Peacock Network skein.” Maybe it’s time to start reading a better class of slang, like the sports page or The National Review.


  1. A little slanguage goes a long way. Mostly, it’s useful when you’re writing about the same stuff over and over to have another term to describe something. (I personally used “skein” a lot when writing about TV). It is strangely tempting when writing for Variety to go overboard on this style, but the example the critic provides is a good example of why moderation is a good idea.