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god

noun; clipping
A stage manager, in theatre slang. This is a term developed in theatrical pursuits to describe a stage manager. It is a clipping of the phrase “god mike”, which is a microphone used by the stage manager during technical rehearsals to address the cast. This word, while a clipping of a conventional theatre phrase, is also an example of metonymy. The god mike, after being clipped into the word god, became known as a word for the person who uses a god mike, the stage manager. This word to describe a stage manager also became popular because of a stage manager’s resemblance to god. The stage manager “creates” the cohesive product of a theatrical production. The stage manager is also the person who fixes everything, in a way that God might fix problems that a person comes to him about. Thus this word has a complicated origin and meaning.
 
We should consult with god before we change the lighting cues in any way.
Etymology : god: middle English from Old English 'god', akin to Old high German 'got' meaning god.
Source : Lighting designer in a Rice play
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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