More help wanted.
Having exhausted the resources of Google on this subject (this may be the ONE thing Google won't tell me), I turn to another wonder of the internet for the answer to my burning question: What the heck does "crickets" mean?
I've been wondering for a while, as the phrase occasionally pops up here and there, but never in the context where I can ask the question of a live person. I've been tolerating this gap in my vocabulary for a while now. But when I heard the sound used in a financial story on NPR (Financial Reform: A lot to get through), it was the last straw to my camel of ignorance.
So, my clever, modern, bloggy friends, I know you know. Tell me, what does it mean? Where does it come from? (Am I missing more than I think by not watching t.v.?)