Culture note

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This phrase also used to mean instructions for germinating and growing plants.

A "culture note" (derived from footnote) is small "pop-up" text that explains a cultural element on a TV program or film that the target audience is not expected to understand. Examples can be:

  • Cultural artifacts and symbols.
  • Definitions for specific terms.
  • Puns that are hard or impossible to explain with just subtitles.

Usually a text-box appears for a few seconds in the top part of the screen, with the note itself being kept as small as possible. Other examples include full-screen cultural notes prior to the start of the program. The information may also be presented in the subtitles, usually between brackets.

Culture notes first appeared on Internet translations, and soon took place in some physical media translations as well.

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