Anaception (an a sep’ shun) – n. The body’s ability to actually affect television reception by moving about the room.
Anaception is a nostalgic sniglet from a time when there was no hi-def TV, and few places even had cable. If you were lucky enough to live in an urban area, you got four channels. If you were really lucky, you got five. Usually the three big broadcast companies, some that had been around since radio became mainstream, and PBS. Very rarely, there might be an independent local station, but they usually showed old movies, reruns of shows from the 50s and early 60s, and some cartoons, like the Flintstones or Speed Racer. This was also a time when airwaves where rather sensitive, and just about anything could affect the reception your little rabbit ear antennae might pick up. So, if you did not live near an airport, where incoming flights might scramble your signal, and you were still getting a fuzzy picture, you could just give the TV a good whack on the side, or use anaception. This was usually best achieved by setting various family members around the room in certain positions, hopefully comfortable ones, and tuned in. This, and manipulating the rabbit ears might result in a good picture and sound. Some winter days, you might have had to resort to just reading if the snow was too heavy, and on some summer nights, you pick up channels from over a hundred miles away, much like we still do with AM radio. Television tech has come a very long way since the days of anaception, and I don’t miss it one bit.