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What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?

“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)

Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:

boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)

socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)

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SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer
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🔖 Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space
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📅 Entropy 2018: From Physics to Information Sciences and Geometry
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