Do you remember Rich Hall’s Sniglets?

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I’m sure glad I have the Retroist blog for an outlet. For the past 5 or so years I’ve mentioned to people if they remembered the HBO show Not Necessarily the News and especially the segment on Sniglets, the words that aren’t in the dictionary but should be.

Most people who I mention the show to can remember it being on, but no one so far has remembered the Sniglets. Do you remember Rich Hall’s Sniglets and did your parents ever send one in?


I grew up in western New York in the late 70's early-mid 80's playing with my Star Wars and Fisher Price adventure people. I have to say it was a good time.

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14 thoughts on “Do you remember Rich Hall’s Sniglets?

  1. Rich says:

    I still have my book, and regularly use a few of his Sniglets! Off the top of my head, I can say I use bathquake, ecnalubma, door slinky, flopcorn, blotchslide….

  2. Mike says:

    I remember them very well. Never had the books, though. What’s he up to now?

  3. I loved Sniglets. I believe there were five books (I still have them all somewhere): Sniglets, More Sniglets, Unexplained Sniglets of the Universe, Angry Young Sniglets, and When Sniglets Ruled the Earth. (I earned the favor of my junior high history teacher by letting him borrow my Sniglets books…) Rich Hall also did a book called Vanishing America, which had nothing to do with Sniglets, more of an odd travel journal, but I enjoyed that too.

    When Rich jumped from Not Necessarily the News to Saturday Night Live (he was part of that mid-80s Billy Crystal/Christopher Guest/Martin Short season), his Sniglets didn’t go along with him — I don’t recall any Sniglets segments on SNL. He didn’t really have any breakout characters there either, and was sort of lost in the background that year. (Hard to compete with Fernando and Ed Grimley.) But I always enjoyed his work. These days I believe he mostly writes & performs in England.

    I did submit a Sniglet suggestion or two, but mine were never used. (And rightly so; they weren’t that funny.)

  4. Also, my wife and I still regularly use a set of Sniglets words which refer to how many hot dogs vs. hot dog buns you have on hand: Excess Weinerage, Excess Bunnerage, and (in the rare event that your dog-to-bun ratio is equal) Frankquilized.

  5. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I have several of the books and still use many of the Sniglets today where I can fit them into a conversation.

  6. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I could swear I saw Rich Hall doing David Letterman’s early morning show at some point in the early 80s.
    He was doing Small Town news or something with tiny furniture and tiny props.

    Always been a big fan of his and I was totally gleeful to see him appear on QI, where he held his own amidst the high-calibre humorists on that wonderful show.

    Must find Sniglets now.

  7. @Kevin 251″Excess Weinerage, Excess Bunnerage, and (in the rare event that your dog-to-bun ratio is equal) Frankquilized.” Those are awesome !

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