The trophies from the big award shows all have cute little names (Oscar), and the Emmys ceremony is getting all the attention. Emmy must be very excited, right? Some Emily who was so important to the TV industry that an honor was named after her? Nope. Emmy isn’t human, is a feminization, and is totally obsolete.

The television industry created the Emmy Awards for PR (publicity) in the late 1940s (the first awards were presented in 1949.) Emmy began as “Immy,” a nickname that broadcast workers used for the image orthicon tube.

Skip this if you don’t want a semi-technical definition: “A television camera pickup tube, more sensitive than the iconoscope, that uses a low-velocity electron beam to scan a photoactive mosaic.” 

Here’s the non-technical explanation: TVs used to use tubes for producing the image. Hence the slang term boob tube. The image orthicon tube was an important part of how TVs worked.

The Emmy trophy designers created an image of a winged woman holding a ridiculously large atom, so Emmy organizers feminized Immy to Emmy, to match the statue and perhaps personify it.

Now, find out who is the Tony of the Tony Awards.


The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) November 14, 2003 Byline: Dana Naim Contributing writer Explore the Native American culture with traditional food, arts and crafts vendors and musical entertainment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Onondaga Nation School, Route 11A, Nedrow.

Guests from the Six Nations, as well as Haudenosaunee musicians, artists and traditional dancers from ages 3 to 17, who mostly reside in Onondaga, spotlight their talent at the all-day festival.

“It’s a family fun oriented event,” said Tracy Thomas, co-coordinator of From the Earth, an organization sponsoring the event. “It’s also educational awareness and a good time to meet artists.” Featured artist Eli Thomas will exhibit his landscape paintings along with 40 other arts and crafts vendors. People can dance to the sounds of traditional Native American music and drum beats, and indulge in foods such as corn soup and hot scones. see here native american culture

The event is a fund-raiser for the Parent Teacher Student Association at the Onondaga Nation School. Admission and parking are free and the event is open to the public. Call 492-3750 for more information. in our site native american culture

“Sir George’ roars at Open Hand Theater The Masque Theater’s Castle Bridge Players of Troy makes its way to the International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“All performers who come in are from the highest caliber of puppeteering professionals,” said Ellen Schwartz, development director.

“Bring your 5-year-old and you’ll enjoy it too.” The performance tells the story of a king, a princess and a blacksmith from a far away village who are terrified of a monstrous dragon. Buy tickets in advance by calling 476-0466. Adults are $7 and children are $5.

Wizard of Oz party at Barnes & Noble It’s time to party at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Wizard of Oz crew, including Dorothy and Toto, who will arrive in costume at Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt.

Parents and children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Wizard of Oz character. Members of the cast, photographs of the set and costume sketches will provide a sneak preview of the Syracuse Stage production of the “Wizard of Oz,” which runs Dec. 4 to Jan. 11.

Best costume winner will receive two tickets for the performance and a “Wizard of Oz” book.

The event is free. Call 443-2636 for more information.


  1. Kate -  October 26, 2010 - 9:26 am

    How’d we get from talking about Emmys to vowels?

  2. Curly Hair -  September 2, 2010 - 9:01 am

    @Darrin: “Crwth” is an English word. Just because it comes from a Welsh word doesn’t mean it’s not part of the English language. After all, doesn’t nearly every English word have its roots in a different language?

    @Megan: Yes, Y can be a vowel. It’s impossible to have a word without a vowel. So in “crwth”, the W acts as a vowel (because it’s pronounced crooth). And “nth”, if it were written out phonetically, would have an e at the beginning.

  3. gaaraluvr4eva -  August 31, 2010 - 7:44 am

    Whoa…so weird. I’ve always wondered what gender it was…
    @Fritz: Yesh, it would be counted as a vowel. Like the chant from way back when: a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y.

  4. Fritz M. -  August 30, 2010 - 4:46 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t “y” a consonant and sometimes a vowel? It would count as a vowel in lynx since no other vowel is present right?

  5. michael colgan -  August 30, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    The only English word I can recall that is without vowels is the name of an animal; lynx. Will that do?

  6. Bill G -  August 30, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Another word without vowels, also from the Welsh, is “cwm”.

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  8. mackintosh -  August 30, 2010 - 7:33 am

    I’ve been wanting someone to aske me the no vowel question: the word “nth”.

  9. Peter O'Connor -  August 30, 2010 - 6:25 am

    I do wish that Dictionary.com Word of the Day would go buy Professor Daniel Cassidy; ‘How the Irish Invented Slang’ – from the everyday Irish-isms as Shenanigan’s to the more obscure Boogaloo Dance (bogadh to move fast, stirringly) + luath – (quick, speedy, supply). To call Uncle – to give up. – anacal -mercy, give quarter. It’s a knack = gnách = custom/practice/a skill worked at.
    Mostly when a dictionary claims it has no idea where the word comes from – I can often find it in an Irish dictionary. eg Smolt – in English salmon = a young salmon. Origin unknown. Gaelic smolt = any young animal.
    Yesterdays word was kith – kith and kin. Much more likely to come from the Dutch kennis = knowledge.
    NB Both Dutch and especially Irish (Gaelic) are hundreds of years older than English but rarely acknowledged to have the impact on English that they actually had. eg most English nautical terms come from Dutch and a huge amount of 1920′s American slang came from the Irish (Jazz, bouncer, etc).

  10. John -  August 30, 2010 - 4:47 am

    I was always under the impression that the term “boob tube” referred to the Cathode Ray Tube (still widely used) that reproduces the image on the TV and not the orthicon, which records it in the camera.

  11. PSoft -  August 30, 2010 - 4:00 am

    That was informative and so are the most other posts on this blog. I especially liked the TomCat one…

  12. Robert -  August 29, 2010 - 10:27 pm

    Ugly Pigeon, “euouae” isn’t a word, it’s an abbreviation. It’s monastic shorthand when writing out plainsong. Many pieces end with the ‘Gloria patri’ (that’s the Glory be to the Father … that ends the psalms and some canticles). The final words in Latin are, ‘seculorum. Amen.’ which contains the vowels ‘e-u-o-u-a-e’. The monks just wrote euouae with the corresponding neums (the monks’ version of musical notes) above it to speed things up. No photocopiers in the Middle Ages.

  13. Megan -  July 8, 2010 - 10:44 pm

    is Y counted as a vowel?
    theres heaps of words that dont have vowels but have y’s!!

  14. mismatch -  July 8, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    interesting…something ive always wondered about is the random name:-)

  15. Darrin -  July 8, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    Tch! Except for one, none of those “words” are actually words. They’re just sounds spelled phonetically. The only “word” — crwth — isn’t even an “English word”, it’s Welsh.

  16. UglyPigeon -  July 8, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    This isn’t about this post but rather the question of the day.. which English words have no vowels? You guys also mentioned a word that has only vowels.. “euouae”.. which isn’t listed at all on dictionary.com. Lolfail

  17. Marcos -  July 8, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Wow! Who would have known?

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