Chyron

Ann Coulter’s use of the word “Chyrons” in her latest column, see it here, stumped me.  WTF are Chyrons?  Thanks God for the Internet and dictionary.com  but before I went Chyronthat way I tried to guess.  Chyrons hmmm, sounds ancient Greek.  Didn’t Jason and the Argonauts have to defeat the Chyron?  Yeah that’s it the gigantic brass warrior (see photo at left) they killed by unscrewing the plug on the back of its sandal and letting all the something-or-other lthat powered it, drain out.

Not even close.  Because when I did look it up I found it meant:

text-based graphic overlay displayed at the bottom of a television screen or film frame, as closed captioning or the crawl of a newscast.

Ah – the crawl on your TV screen.  Chyron is or was the name of the company which makes such a device.  And so people talk of the letters or words of the crawl as Chyrons.

Still I reserve the right to lie.  Especially to children and so if one should ask me to define Chyron, I’ll tell them about the ancient brass statue which came to life.  It has more zip.