Slayer Slang

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Slayer Slang
Slayer Slang (Buffyverse).jpg
Author Michael Adams
Subject Buffyverse
Genre academic publication, Media Study
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date
July 1, 2003
Pages 320
ISBN 0-19-516033-9
OCLC 51769230
791.45/72 21
LC Class PN1992.77.B84 A34 2003

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

Book description[edit]

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.

Chapter Title
"Introduction" (by Jane Espenson)
"Slayer Slang"
"Making Slayer Slang"
"Studying the Micro-Histories of Words"
"Ephemeral Language"
"Slayer Slang: Glossary"

Glossary examples[edit]

A few examples from the Slayer Slang glossary:

  • bitca n
I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h?
(interrupting before Willow finishes the "h") can Willow, I think we're all a little old to be spelling things out.
A 'bitca'?
— Written by Joss Whedon, "When She Was Bad" (15 September 1997), p. 142
  • 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.
— Written by Doug Petrie, "Enemies" (16 March 1999), p. 145
  • carbon-dated adj very out of date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.
— Written by Marti Noxon, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" (10 February 1998), p. 166