July 26, 1993 12:00 PM

My new favorite word was recently coined by Van Gordon Sauter, the president of news for Fox. (That’s sort of like being the philosophy tutor to Pauly Shore.) Sauter declared that the network’s first newsmagazine, Front Page (which premiered last month), would strive to be “Foxonian.” Isn’t that a beautiful word? Anyone remotely familiar with the network’s programming predilections knows that it summons up a wealth of connotations—elusive attributes such as “callow, irreverent, jittery, crass, aggressive, immature, crude, cheap.” I hope this luxuriously loaded adjective finds its way into general usage. As in, “I just drank four cups of coffee on an empty stomach to offset that allergy medication I’m taking. Boy, am I feeling Foxonian.”

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