What is Bergeronese you ask? It is simply defined as the term used to describe any lingo related to Hollywood Squares 98, and this is exactly what this is-a dictionary of Squares lingo, some are familiar while others are made up. Here are some terms, plus their definitions. Enjoy!
Hooey (a.k.a Blowing Smoke, Pulling a Pinocchio, etc.)
A star could be making up his/her answer, a "bluff"
A fanfare of "cheesy" car horns which signals the end of the game
Mr. X/Miss Circle
The contestants on the show. While X is played by a male, O is played by a female
Condition whenever Caroline Rhea finds herself attracted to a single, good-looking male contestant
A way to win by capturing five squares on the board, giving the opponent no way to get three in a row. Also put into play when square counts are equal at 4 apiece (see Dual Implication)
Ciroman (Paul Crabbe gave me this one)
Whenever the female contestant goes crazy after winning an expensive prize in the bonus round
The "lost episodes" of Hollywood Squares. Also refers to when the game ends in a tie
Verification from the Unknown
Whenever Tom has to get a verification from the "unseen judge"
Whenever the male contestant goes crazy after winning an expensive prize in the bonus round
When any star at any given time just HAS to take their clothes off (pants in particular)
When a top-row star complains about the altitude of his/her square
When a star says that he/she knows an answer, but decides to bluff on purpose
Whenever Tom slips up at any time, and it becomes a running joke throughout the show
When one star insults another star's remark and has a good reason for it
Tom's need to do foreign accents and impressions during a show
A contestant disagrees with an obvious answer and pays the price by getting whacked with Tom's quWhestion card
Where Tom keeps all his Secret Square questions. In Season 2, it's another name for the collection of Secret Square prizes
A wrong answer by one contestant results in the opponent capturing the square, unless it will give them the win (see Failed Block Rule)
Failed Block Rule (a.k.a. Earn it Yourself Rule)
If a contestant fails to block, the opponent can't win the square, he/she must earn it on their own, unless in a five-square situation (see Five Square)
The process of keeping your opponent from winning (see also Failed Block Rule)
Forced when either contestant can win by capturing the same square (see also Five Square)
When any star feels that they need to burst into song for no apparent reason
When ANYBODY messes up ANYTHING!
The process of "getting jiggy with it" without ever leaving your chair. Usually done during the theme song and at musical intervals between commercial breaks. Best done by Tom.
Tom's pet name for Whoopi. Also known as "Whoop"
Tom's pet name for series regular Caroline Rhea. Was also referred to early in Season 2 as "North America's Darling" because of the fact that she's Canadian
Plum Out Of Time
The phrase Tom says on occasion when gameplay ends.
The name of Lewis and Clark's Indian guide that Tom mispronounced. Referred to by Al Roker as a type of Starbucks drink (see also Tom's Mistake)
Another word that Tom slipped up on (see also Sacajawa, Tom's Mistake)
Said when something isn't true (see Hooey)
When a contestant goes through a 5-day championship reign without losing a single game. Named after Tarek Tolba, the first to accomplish this feat
Curse of the Circle Chair
A losing streak consisting of those who have sat in the circle position