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'Tarantinoesque', 'Lynchian' now real words: Oxford Dictionary

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, October 7, 2018  /  11:00 pm
'Tarantinoesque', 'Lynchian' now real words: Oxford Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary has acknowledged over 1,400 new words, including film-related ones such as Kubrickian, Spielbergian, Altmanesque and Lynchian. (Shutterstock/File)

The Oxford English Dictionary has added more than 1,400 new words to its constantly growing number of definitions, of which more than 100 are film-related, as reported by Consequence of Sound

All Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick or Steven Spielberg fans should celebrate, as these movie directors have become adjectives, not just in internet circles, but also by Oxford’s standards.

Tarantinoesque, Kubrickian, Spielbergian, Altmanesque, Capraesque and Lynchian, among other new words, are all defined in ways that would make fans and film writers alike proud.

For example, Tarantinoesque now means a film is “characterized by graphic and stylized violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue”. 

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Lynchian is described as “characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the works of David Lynch,” adding: “Lynch is noted for juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasize a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.”

Other popular phrases that are now acknowledged as words include “mumblecore”, “douchebaggery”, “shaky cam” as well as "Up to eleven" and "Not in Kansas anymore" from The Spinal Tap and The Wizard of Oz movies, respectively. 

The full list can be found here. (acr/wng)