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What’s with the “Money Plot”?? April 19, 2006

Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.

Last Friday I was in several meetings and watched a number of presentations. I noticed that several people said "And here is the Money Plot!" when they showed the big plot that everything they were talking about culminated in (note careful choice of words).

When did pop culture — especially p0rn culture — invade physics at this level. I'm almost 100% sure that one or two of the people that used those words won't have understood the phrase's history (I'm not linking to it! I'm not linking to it!).

I nearly blurted this out during the meeting, but thank goodness the calmer brain cells prevailed. 🙂

UPDATE: Ok, ok. I've gotten enough email and a few comments. It comes directly from the p0rn phrase "money shot" — which is the shot in the p0rn movie that makes all the money… I have no idea if the p0rn industry lifted it from somewhere else. Perhaps we can get Safire to investigate?

I can only imagine the search terms that will end up at this blog now…



1. Alejandro Rivero - April 19, 2006

Actually I have never noticed this phrase. Perhaps I am going deaf instead of blind.

2. dorigo - April 19, 2006

I also never noticed it. Where does it come from ? C’mon… You can say it.https://gordonwatts.wordpress.com/2006/04/19/whats-with-the-money-plot/#comments

3. dorigo - April 19, 2006

whoops sorry while clicking the “say it” button I inadvertently pasted your link on the window. Darn.

4. gordonwatts - April 19, 2006

I was hearing it all the time in DZERO. Perhaps my mind is already in the gutter…

5. eyes - October 6, 2006

There is detailed info of “money shot” on Wikipedia:

Note that it was also borrowed:

The “cum shot” is often referred to as the money shot in a borrowing from mainstream feature filmmakers, who used the term “money shot” as slang for the image that cost the most money to produce[3]; in addition, the inclusion of this expensive special effect sequence would become a selling point for the film. For example, in an action thriller, an expensive special effects sequence of a dam bursting might be called the “money shot” of the film.

6. Gordon Watts - October 8, 2006

Ah, eyes, thanks for researching that!

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