|Genre||academic publication, Media Study|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|July 1, 2003|
|LC Class||PN1992.77.B84 A34 2003|
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.
||"Introduction" (by Jane Espenson)|
||"Making Slayer Slang"|
||"Studying the Micro-Histories of Words"|
||"Slayer Slang: Glossary"|
A few examples from the Slayer Slang glossary:
- bitca n
- break and enterish adj suitable for crime
- I'll go home and stock up on weapons, slip into something a little more break and enterish.
- carbon-dated adj very out of date
- Deal with that outfit for a moment.
- It's dated?
- It's carbon-dated.— Written by Joss Whedon, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" (10 March 1997), p. 160
- cuddle-monkey n male lover
- Every woman in Sunnydale wants to make me her cuddle-monkey.