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We’re Official!

On a yearly basis, Merriam-Webster carefully selects and adds new words to the collegiate list. This year less than 100 words were chosen, and Smackdown was one of them! They even have a guy who will help you pronounce it. Smackdown is officially defined as:

1: the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent, 2: a contest in entertainment wrestling, 3: a decisive defeat, 4: a confrontation between rivals or competitors

Thanks to the WWE for first putting the word out there in the 90s. Now Smackdown has entered the language like Kleenex (for tissue) and Xerox (for photocopy). Next year, by the way, we're gunning for Movie Smackdown which we hope will be defined as follows:

1: Two Films, One Review, No Holds Barred, 2: a critical review of two films, often with one in theaters being compared to another available in home entertainment, 3: a web-site started in 2005 now at, 4: the best new idea in film criticism since thumbs and stars

We can dream, can't we?

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.
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1 Comment on We’re Official!

  1. Bryce,
    You’ve created a monster!

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