Next time someone tells you Spielbergian is not a word, get back at them with this. That and many other terms invented by film buffs have now been officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary, so you can prove that gorefest, kaiju and scream queen are legit if you get challenged at your next game of Scrabble. Just be sure to have the latest version of the dictionary on hand.
If you geek out hard at movies, you probably know every single filmmaking term in existence, meaning whatever has to do with cinematography, camera movement, and other technical aspects. You’ve probably added to your cred with insider terms like giallo or omnibus. Idiocracy is pretty much self-explanatory. Torture porn, not so much.
“Film has its own vocabulary too, an ever-expanding lexicon, added to whenever new technology, techniques, pictures, or people make an impact on the English language,” said OED new words team senior editor Craig Leyland in a press release. “With this in mind we examined online databases and specialist film resources to identify over 100 new words, phrases, and senses from the world of cinema for inclusion in the OED.”
The new list encompasses words from every area of film geekery. Think iconic actors’ and directors’ names that have become adjectives, such as Keatonesque or Tarantinoesque, lesser known genres like giallo, and tactics like jump scares. Special effects and visual effects will never be confused again after this. Just about everyone knows what a Mrs. Robinson is even if they haven't seen The Graduate. More technical terms like arc shot, crawl and flashforward were also recently cast.
You don’t have to be that cineliterate to know what it means to feel like you’re not in Kansas anymore or that it must be Groundhog Day because everything is repeating itself. If you never thought a reference from This is Spinal Tap would ever make it into the dictionary, (up to) eleven has become legit.
“Lines like this escape their movie-quoting confines and become something more; something that can be adapted and used elsewhere, the cinematic reference still apparent but not the sole reason for its use,” said Leyland.
You can find the entire list of words and phrases that made the final cut right here.