In my mind, at least, this word falls into the category of “Oh, I had no idea there was a word for that.” 

A Chyron is a set of graphics or words at the bottom of a television screen.  A chyron may also be a caption.  It may be fixed or in motion.  Sometimes the chyron is unrelated to the current viewing content. 

The word comes from the Chyron corporation in New York.  The company specializes in broadcast graphics.  Founded in 1966, the company named itself after the famous centaur in Greek mythology, Chiron. 

Chiron was a famous educator in Greek mythology.  I am not sure Chiron ever existed, but I do know this.  If I were half-man, half-horse, I’d be the centaur of attention.


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