Weekend Word Wrap: Paging Doctor

Now that the summer is unofficially over, and we're all wishing it wasn't, I thought one way at least to pretend like casual Fridays are still in effect is to play a little casual word game.

For those wordies who haven't yet had the fun of playing this one, the game is called "Paging Dr." and goes like this:

You begin your sentence with "Paging Dr._____" and then fill in the blank with a made-up doctor's name, using the last name first, and then the full name, like this: "Paging Dr. Pearson, Dr. Will Pearson."

Now, the object of the game is to come up with a clever word pun in place of Will Pearson - one word that could be broken in half to form a fictitious proper name. For example: if your word is "elocution" the Paging Dr. pun would go thusly:

"Paging Dr. Cution, Dr. Ella Cution."

Or if the word is "edifice" you have "Paging Dr. Ifice, Dr. Ed Ifice."

Obviously this is a game best played with two or more people, out loud. Because the puns don't work as well in print. They're meant to be heard. And yes, the rules do permit slight alterations in pronunciation "“ as I changed the "elo" in "elocution" to "ella" to make the pun work. Furthermore, you should always keep the funny pronunciation of the back half of the word intact. So where you might be inclined to pronounce "Ifice" with a long I-vowel sound, it's much funnier to keep the short I-vowel, pronouncing "Ifice" just as you do in the word "edifice."

One of my best friends back East taught me this game some years ago and she suggests putting your best "Public Address Voice" into it for even more fun.

As always, we'd love to hear your Paging Doctors!

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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