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Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon
Author(s) Michael Adams
Publication date July 1, 2003
Length 320 pages
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN ISBN 0-19-516033-9

Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon is an academic publication relating to the fictional Buffyverse established by TV series, Buffy and Angel.

A distinguishing feature of the series, Buffy was the way in which the show's writers play with language: making new words, changing existing ones, and turning common usage around. Michael Adams argues this creates a resonant lexicon reflecting power in both youth culture and television on the changes in American slang.

Michael Adams starts the book with a synopsis of the program's history and a defense of ephemeral language. The main body of the work is the detailed glossary of slayer slang, annotated with dialogue. The book concludes with a bibliography and a lengthy index, a guide to sources (novels based on the show, magazine articles about the show, and language culled from the official posting board) and an appendix of slang-making suffixes.

Glossary examples

A few examples from the Slayer Slang glossary:

  • bitca n

1997 Sep 15 Whedon When She Was Bad "[Willow:] 'I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h?' [Giles:] 'Willow, I think we're all a little old to be spelling things out.' [Xander:] 'A bitca?'". (p142)

  • break and enterish adj

Suitable for crime 1999 Mar 16 Petrie Enemies "I'll go home and stock up on weapons, slip into something a little more break and enterish.". (p145)

  • carbon-dated adj

Very out of date 1997 Mar 10 Whedon Welcome to the Hellmouth "[Buffy:] 'Deal with that outfit for a moment.' [Giles:] 'It's dated?' [Buffy:] 'It's carbon-dated.'". (p160)

  • cuddle-monkey n
Male lover 1998 Feb 10 Noxon Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered "Every woman in Sunnydale wants to make me her cuddle-monkey.". (p166)

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