'Lynchian' and 'Kubrickian' Among the 100 Film Terms Just Added to the OED

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​Cinema nerds, rejoice! The Oxford English Dictionary has just announced that more 100 film terms will be added to its collection of words, according to ​IndieWire.

That total might seem like a pretty exorbitant amount ... until you consider the various subgenres that exist today, such as the addition of mumblecore, or the adjectives we often use to describe a filmmaker's artistic techniques, i.e. Spielbergian, and various ratings not previously included, like XXX.

Many terms you might've simply assumed were already in the OED have been added, such as the classic scream queen, to describe an actress known for her roles in horror films, and Not in Kansas anymore, to communicate a state of unfamiliarity.

Our personal favorite additions have to be Lynchian and Kubrickian, honoring the ways David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick's works are most recognizable. The OED defines Lynchian as an adjective to describe works of film or television that are “characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the works of David Lynch.” It goes on to explain:

“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.”

You can check out the full list of updates in the OED here.