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Terms in America, England, Australia

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by Wolf, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Wolf

    Wolf Active Member

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    I think it would be interesting to share common used terms in different countries. I don't really know many very few actually. Im mainly think about including only countries that speak English.

    America - England
    No color Open White
     
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    I love collecting new words for familiar terms. I've even seen regional differences in the US. There are quite a few in the Wiki, often at the end of an article there will be a list synonyms or AKA's.
     
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    Everywhere else (?) - Australia
    Load in/out - Bump in/out
    Wrench - Shifter
    Rep plot - Standard rig
     
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    avkid Not a New User Fight Leukemia

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    Working at a theatre camp with a mostly international staff the language differences are amazing, even among the English speaking countries.
     
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    Oh Don't forget my favorites:
    Spanner - c-wrench
    Grips- pliers.

    Used to have a set of shop manuals for a Triumph TR6 took me 20 minutes just to figure out which tool they were referring to. :mrgreen:
     
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    Beat me to it, you did.

    Also:
    desk - board

    And don't forget the tons of names for the Pan Bolt on a c-clamp .. those vary even between theatre companies, though there's usually a common theme to the names.
     
  7. Serendipity

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    What about United States vs Canada?
    One of the colleges I'm contemplating applying to is in Canada, and this thread made me curious...
    Anyone know?
     
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    Yeah....
    US/Canada
    Imperial/Metric

    That's all you need to know.


    I know one universal word between the 4...

    No.
     
  9. jwl868

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    Not truly theatrical terms, but they could crop up:

    ton/tonne (metric ton)

    US gallons/ Imperial gallons


    An English unit of weight is stone (equals 14 pounds).


    Pittsburgh doesn't rhyme with Edinburgh (though it did a couple hundred years ago...)


    Joe
     
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    let me just stir the pot with this beauty

    THEATRE :)
     
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    In NZ where you say hot for the non-neutral wire of an AC circuit ( excluding Earth) we say Phase or more recently Active. So on an extension lead or theatre light lead we would have Phase, Neutral and Earth.
     
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    There's another one:

    cable = lead

    But "theatre" is generally preferred over "theater" in the US, at least in my experience.
     
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    All the theatrical terminology you could ever want can be found here. Courtesy of Uncle Bill.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Out here in Pageantland, a lot of our terminology is non-standard.

    Loader: A rolling step unit used to load cast into paintings and sculptures.

    Loadette: A smaller version of a loader. Does not roll.

    Frame: The primary light source for most paintings.

    Frame Drop: An 8 circuit multi-cable that the Frame Plugs into.

    Set Tail: A multi-circuit power cable for plugging sets into the Frame or the Frame Drop.

    Pig Princess or Hog Hag: Our Hog 500 programmer.

    Have I forgotten anything 'Dip?
     
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    We also use cord for lead eg extension cord, the jug cord.

    While we are on electrical terms we use the term double adapter for what I believe you may call a two'fer.

    We also have piggyback plugs. These are mains plugs that plug into a power socket and and have a socket on the back of them to plug in another piece of electrical equipment.

    A lot of our theatre lights have piggyback plugs so we don't need two'fers or we use an extension cord with a piggyback plug.
     
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    Ok, I'm not 'Dip, but here's a couple...

    First, bear in mind that our show consists of reproducing works of art by replacing people in the painting, sculpture, statue, etc. with humans on a set built to scale.

    Second, all of our sets are on rolling wagons as they have to be moved in and out of place on stage during the show.

    Frame Piece: A set that fits into our adjustable picture frame.

    Leaner: A set representing a flat work of art, like an orange crate label or magic poster. It's mounted on one side of an a-frame.

    Sculpt Rooms: A room apart from the main makeup area where cast members portraying nudes are made up. There are separate sculpt rooms for women and men.

    And as you have already mentioned elsewhere:

    Weather Door: A big plywood door located where a proscenium theater would hang their fire-curtain. Keeps the weather out (our venue is an amphetheater) and serves as a projection screen.

    Have either of us forgotten anything 'Dip?
     
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    Blacks - Legs, black masking.

    That's the only important one I can think of...
    Most of the terms that are specific to the Pageant are that way for a reason. IE, a road house doesn't need to know what a "leaner" is (Sorry Phil), or what "cookie night" signifies.

    Pageantland is nonstandard. The SM doesn't call any cues, nor does he have responsibility of the stage. He runs video.
     

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