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February 10, 2004

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Variety is notorious for their peculiar "slanguage"; there's a comprehensive glossary online as a pdf file (HTML cache). Examples:

nix -- reject, say no to; as in the famous Variety headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix," meaning that audiences in rural areas were not interested in attending films about rural life.

n.s.g. -- not so good; "While the film opened well, the outlook for long-term B.O. is n.s.g.

ozoner -- drive-in movie theater; "The few ozoners that remain operational in the U.S. are in most cases doing double-duty as flea markets." (See also: hardtop, passion pit)

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