The adjectives “tarantinoesque”, “lynchian” and “godardian” are now officially recognized by the world-famous Oxford Dictionary.
The authors of the Oxford English Dictionary added more than 1,400 new words to it, including the adjectives “Bergmanesque”, “Godardian”, “Herzogian”, “Lynchian”, “Spielbergian”, “Kubrickian”, “Tarantinoesque” and many others. Each of them in the Oxford Dictionary is given a small description that helps to understand the meaning of the word.
Thus, the word “Tarantinoesque” can be used to describe a film “characterised by graphic and stylised violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue”. “Lynchian” is all about “juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images”.
According the OED definition:
Lynchian: Characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the films or television work of David Lynch. Lynch is noted for juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasise a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.
Tarantinoesque: Resembling or imitative of the films of Quentin Tarantino; characteristic or reminiscent of these films. Tarantino’s films are typically characterised by graphic and stylised violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue.
Kubrickian: Meticulous perfectionism, mastery of the technical aspects of film-making, and atmospheric visual style in films across a range of genres.
Spielbergian: Of, relating to, or characteristic of the films of Steven Spielberg, esp. as having fantastical or humanist themes or a sentimental feel.
In addition to adjectives derived from the names of famous directors Oxford Dictionary now added several new movie terms, such as “shaky cam”, “scream queen” and “Oscar bait” – a film shot with the expectation of receiving an Oscar.
You can find the full list of words that have been added HERE. Will you be using them?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: IMDb, Variety, NME