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When watching the news and other shows on television, I often see various written content displayed on the screen for brief periods of time, usually on the bottom, but sometimes on the right. I just learned that in English it is called closed captioning. I saw the term on Jisho, before posting. It is used frequently on news programs on a daily basis. Is there a Japanese term for this word? What is this content called?

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    Like closed captioning? jisho.org/word/51868dc0d5dda7b2c6006878 – ajsmart Jul 17 '18 at 13:59
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    what, headlines? captions? closed captioning?? what are you talking about? any specific shows or examples? – ericfromabeno Jul 17 '18 at 13:59
  • [字幕]{じ・まく}????? – istrasci Jul 17 '18 at 14:21
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  • I learn from you and everybody else here. Good stuff. – JACK Jul 17 '18 at 14:47
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テロップ (from English telop) is the generic word for any type of superimposed text on TV, and it's understood by everyone. You can see many テロップ's in the image below, at the top, right, left and bottom of the screen.

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字幕 ("subtitle") is another common word, but it basically only refers to a transcription or translation of what the person on screen is saying.

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    That must be British English... – istrasci Jul 17 '18 at 14:22
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    @istrasci I agree, It looks like what Americans refer to as a teleprompter. – ajsmart Jul 17 '18 at 14:23
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    @naruto I can't say with complete confidence that it is typically used by Brittish English, but it would seem possible. The big issue is that it seems that the telop died out in the 50's/60's, so it might just be a dead word. I definitely haven't heard of it before. – ajsmart Jul 17 '18 at 14:26
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    a teleprompter is literally a screen which prompts the announcer about what to say next, it has nothing to do with showing the audience any information. – ericfromabeno Jul 17 '18 at 14:34
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    lots of things that "died out" in western culture still exist in Japanese culture. :P Fax machines, for example. :P – ericfromabeno Jul 17 '18 at 14:38

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