Two-Word Tuesday

It’s been a while since I’ve written about an interesting word  I’ve come across, so to make up for it, I’m introducing  two words this week. And believe it or not, the screen shot above, taken from a video of Bruce Springsteen receiving the Medal of Freedom today, links the two words together

The first word is “chyron“, which I came across while reading a news story about a segment on CNN News during which the following line appeared at the bottom of the viewers’ screen:


Chyron refers to television graphics that occupy the lower area of the screen or any predominantly text-based video graphic as used mainly by television news broadcasts.

While not the most appropriate chyron to show, it was this particular one that brought the word into the media. Jake Tapper, a CNN news host, was quite upset that such a phrase was allowed to appear on CNN’s screen.

“The chyron was abhorrent and I am trying to deal with it,” Tapper said.

Perhaps if you are a TV or news insider you may have known what the word meant, but I had no idea. Thanks to Google though, I  knew what it meant about 10 seconds after seeing the word for the first time.

I came across my second word of the week while reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, and that is why the photo at the top links these two words of the week together.

Bruce writes, “…at the first sound of thunder, I caterwauled until my parents would take me in the car until the storm subsided.”

According to, caterwauling refers to the uttering of long wailing cries, similar to the sound cats make when they are in heat.

What makes it more interesting is that while I was looking up the word on Google, I saw one reference to “the impassioned caterwauling of Bruce Springsteen“.

Perhaps Bruce had read such reviews of his performances and liked the word so much that he decided to use it in his bio.

And now I’m using it in my blog. I knew Bruce and I were connected in some way…

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