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    meaning of "Zip click zip"

    I read this expression in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. A TV broadcaster in it is saying:

    " ho ho, folks! Zip click zip! Time for a brief note on tomorrow's weather; first the Eastern seaboard of the U.S.A. Mongoose satellite reports that fallout will be especially pronounced toward noon and then will taper off. So all you dear folks who'll be venturing out ought to wait until afternoon."

    I tried to look up "zip", "click" and "zip click" but still can't be sure of its meaning. Is the broadcaster simply making some funny sounds to draw the audiences' attention? Or does the "click" here have something to do with the sound of a clock and the expression implies "time flies" (my guess)?

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    Re: meaning of "Zip click zip"

    I'm going to assume that since this is science fiction, the author has created some futuristic onomatopoeia to create atmosphere and mood.

    In 2017, we don't often say, "Zip, click, zip!"

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