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"If you're curious about the word 'ubersuck,' or just want to remember which episode you first heard it in, this is the place to look. As Buffy would say, it is not uncool."--Kansas City Star
"While we were caught up in the drama of the battles against the undead...linguist Michael Adams was concentrating on the words. Slayer Slang is a combination dictionary of slayer slang/guide to the Buffyverse/textbook. Just consider it another sign Buffy will live forever."--Sacramento Bee
"Even if you never watched the show, Slayer Slang provides major clueage about the formation of slang terms in general. Slang, after all, is where language vrooms and vibes--or, in the case of Buffy, where it vamps."--Hartford Courant
"In applying linguistic analysis to the show, Adams not only shows how brilliant and innovative the writing was but also its toggling relationship to and influences upon popular culture."--Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Will satisfy the inner geek of a Buffy fan."--Kansas City Star
Top Customer Reviews
Michael Adams makes these three points repeatedly and often, giving case after case after case for each one. It's not a bad thing to make a point strongly, but making it repetitively gets a little tiresome.
Still, the prose flows well, and his arguments are clear and well-put, so it's not as though it's simply a hundred pages of retreaded material. Adams' points may well be new ones to the ears of some, and in that case the essays are definitely worth the read.
Of course, that leaves us with almost 200 pages of glossary, the part of the book that provides us with the most useful and most interesting information. The entries are formatted clearly, providing plenty of quotation to put the words in context, and the selection is broad, covering not only the episodes, but also the original movie, the Bronze message boards, newspaper and magazine articles and books and graphic novels.
I wouldn't count this as a "must-have" for hardcore fans of the show, as they either know the words already or don't need a hardcover glossary to catch up. This book is most useful for people with a casual interest in linguistics and the show, as well as those who are just interested in slang and its place in modern society.
The first half of the volume presents what are essentially a series of essays. "Slayer Slang" looks at both the series as a phenomenon and the role that both slayer jargon (words peculiar to the occupation of being a slayer) and slayer slang (the pointed way in which Buffy and the Scoobies speak, with all their attendant pop culture references) in establishing the show's successful slayer style. If you can follow how slayer jargon can turn into slayer slang, then you are holding your own on the academic side of the equation. But the success here is in the details, and when Adams explains how Faith's idiosyncratic slang differs from Xander and the others most readers should be able to appreciate the analysis. "Making Slayer Slang" covers the attraction of prefixes and the happy endings provided by using suffixes, with Adams become absolutely wistful as he covers the impressive number of words contributed to the lexicon by using "-age" as a hyperactive suffix.Read more ›
There's a lot of information here but it's not hard to read. I read a lot of it straight through. I thought I was pretty strict about "correct grammar" but this guy makes some really good points about how language changes. He really won me over.
The words from the show are so funny! I'm going to use a lot of them, especially "much," like "lame much?" or "late much?"
I recommend this for anyone who likes Buffy, or for anyone who just likes words.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, a little bit to dictionary-like, but its Buffy nonetheless!Published 17 months ago by Vladimir Putin
This is great. My mom will love it. Makes an awesome gift for any Buffy fan.Published 21 months ago by Spike is the Big Bad
"In other words, if people were honest, Buffy would appeal to all of them, one way or another."
So apparently, anyone who doesn't like Buffy is a liar, deluded, or... Read more
I recommend this book to those learning English as a second language. Slang, in any form, is very difficult to learn and understand when learning a new language. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by dalisurreal
The book does cover most of the slang from BTVS and Angel but is a little lacking in organization for easy use. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Beth J Scott
I love how the characters on Buffy speak. So distinctive and so funny and so clever. And now here's a book all about their use of language and "Slayer Slang!!!! Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by Jeff Davis