Lingo for the teens on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', a dictionary for the rest of us

By EW Staff
Updated October 31, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

If Buffy‘s assorted ghouls don’t make your blood curdle, Sunnydale High’s lingo will. The trendsetting jargon flies off the tongues of our slayer, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and her friends like bats out of Hellmouth. A few definitions.

Megan Howard

CARBON-DATED adj Beyond passé

CHATTER IN THE CAF n Lunchroom gossip

ELSEWHERE TO BE n Another engagement far away (sarcasm)

EVITA-LIKE adj Self-centered; arrogant; Madonna-like

EXORCIST TWIST n Full turn of the head executed by teenage-boy-killing praying mantises and Linda Blair

FREE n Study hall

GENE AND ROGER n Unsolicited criticism (as in Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert)

HELEN KELLER n Unobservant person (”My eyes are hazel, Helen Keller”)

LOSE (ONE’S) WATER v Freak out


SALTY GOODNESS nMale treat for the eyes (synonym: a studly )

SCULLY v Explain paranormal activity with scientific rationale; homage to The X-Files‘ Dana Scully (”I can’t believe you are trying to Scully me”)

KEYSER SÖZED adj Duped into believing in a nonexistent villain by the actual bad guy, a la The Usual Suspects (”Does anybody else feel like they’ve been Keyser Sözed?”)

UBERSUCK n Major bummer

VAGUE THAT UP v Make a completely foggy explanation more unclear (sarcasm)

THE WACKY n Crazy things (”Love makes you do the wacky”)

THE WIG n The creeps (also wiggins)

WRINKLIES n Cojones (usually vulgar)

YESTER n Over, history (”Forget about our fight, it’s totally yester”)