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Intentional TV shibboleth

insert an unusual word into new tv shows. Viewers can then be identified covertly using linguistic shibleths
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In history, linguistics etc a shibboleth is a word or way of saying things that identifies one group from another. In pop culture now it's becoming hard to define what genre and demographic a person most identifies with. I propose that the catchphrases of new main characters on shows incorporate an uncommon vocabulary word. If someone watches the show regularly, that word and its pronunciation and usage subconciously become part of their vocabulary and they can thus be identified unknowingly to a statistically decent accuracy in a short conversation.
gomer, Sep 08 2008

Wikipedia: Shibboleth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibboleth
General background. [jutta, Sep 08 2008]

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       // In pop culture now it's becoming hard to define what genre and demographic a person most identifies with.
Wouldn't that be a good thing?

       I could swear I've watched shows whose plots were mostly based on SAT vocabulary flash cards.
jutta, Sep 08 2008

       Hella lame.
phoenix, Sep 08 2008

       shut that door.
po, Sep 08 2008

       I suspect knowledge of the content would be more effective. Vocabulary is easily learned but references to idiomatic plot lines are impossible to keep track of without following the show. "Words spread like a cold but real understanding must be cultivated like a rare orchid." -(marketing wisdom)
WcW, Sep 08 2008

       Haha you got me. My phone doesn't do very good spell check.
gomer, Sep 09 2008

       lipstick, pitbull.
WcW, Sep 09 2008


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