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March 27, 2003

Slang of the Week: glitz (noun)
Spectacular but superficial display

Example:
If you want to see glitz, go to Las Vegas.

Celebrity quote:
"Well, I'm glad they cut back on all the glitz. You probably noticed there was no fancy red carpet tonight. That'll send them a message."
-Steve Martin, host of this year's Academy Awards

If you didn't see the show, Martin was being ironic. The sets, costumes and guests were as glitzy as ever, even if there was no red carpet. The word glitz comes from glitter plus ritz, after the expensive Ritz hotel chain.

In other Oscar slang, presenter Denzel Washington announced, "And the Oscar goes to... by a nose, Nicole Kidman." From the world of horse racing, by a nose means victory by a narrow margin. Of course, Washington didn't know how close the race was - it was a pun about Kidman's fake nose in The Hours. In defense of his passionate kiss for presenter Halle Berry, Best Actor winner Adrien Brody said, "Well, if you ever have an excuse to do something like that, that's it. I took my shot (I made my effort)."

On a cultural note, if you're not from the US, you might have been baffled by Martin's remark that "The teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo" after the documentary filmmaker's comments criticizing President Bush. The Teamsters Union provides drivers for movie productions and is often rumored to have ties to organized crime.

What's new at Slang City?
Congratulations to the Oscar Winners! We salute Best Picture - Chicago, with the 1920s-style song All That Jazz and Best Song - Lose Yourself by Eminem, with information on hoes and prima donnas.