Saturday, 20 November 2010

Gothic glossary

I thought it might be useful for readers to have a quick, at-a-glance guide to frequently used Gothy terms (aka Gothspeak). Not, of course, that all Goths you meet will use these terms. But I've seen them a lot on forums and messageboards online, and I'm sure that more than a few have filtered into real life (or is that just me?).

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Babybat - (also babygoth, kindergoth, didigoth). Can refer to a young person (twenty-one or under, approximately) who is part of the Goth scene; or to a person of any age who is new to the subculture. Generally not used as a derogative term, although 'kindergoth' in particular is sometimes used to mean the same as 'mallgoth'.

Eldergoths - (also elders, old-school Goths). First generation Goths: those who lived through the 80s and saw it all the first time around.

GAF - stands for Goth As Fuck. Often used sarcastically, referring to someone who tends to be a little, shall we say, OTT; or affectionately/jokingly, referring to oneself or a friend in a teasing manner.

Gloom cookie - (also doom cookie). Referring to someone - usually a young female - in the Goth scene who tends to be overly melodramatic to the point of being highly irritating. (Also a brilliant comic series by Serena Valentino.)

Gother Than Thou - (also Gothier Than Thou, Gothier Than Thou Syndrome). An awful lot of people in the subculture often spend a large amount of time trying to, well, out-Goth each other, whether at clubs or online. It's ended up becoming something between a game and an in-joke, referred to as Gother, or Gothier, Than Thou Syndrome (this can also be used in a derogatory way - "So-and-so was ragging on me about my music taste again - looks like someone's got a serious case of Gother Than Thou Syndrome"). I have never, ever, participated in this *ahem*.

Goth points - if you do something extra-spookalicious, for example reclining on a black velvet chaise longue reading Baudelaire by candlelight, you could say you were earning extra Goth points. Goth points, of course, don't actually exist. You can also 'get your Goth card stamped' for doing something very Gothy.

Gravers - combination of 'Goth' and 'raver'. Either referring to a Goth who enjoys attending raves, or referring (somewhat disdainfully) to someone who has mixed up their Goth look with raver 'fashion' (or vice versa). To paraphrase Voltaire (not the dead one), fangs and glow sticks together does not a good look make. Many cybergoths err a little too far on the side of graver for my liking.

Insta-Goth Kit - (also Goth in a Box, Goth in a Box Kit). A common mistake made by newcomers to the scene is to rush out and buy a bunch of brand-name Goth clothes from the mall without any thought, customisation, or, ahem, effort in general. This not-very-unique spooky kid wardrobe is known as a Goth in a Box Kit. A curse upon you, Hot Topic...

Mopeygoth - those who are responsible for creating the 'Goths are sooooo depressed' stereotype - mopeygoths go around acting miserable all of the time. Alternatively, a Goth who happens to be having a bad day.

Mundanes - (also normies, normals, casuals, straights). People who are not Goth. Often used as an insult, which if you think about it is kind of like non-Goths calling us 'freaks'.

net.Goths - either Goths who spend a lot of time online, Goths who are members of the alt.gothic newsgroups, Goths whose only available route of association and socialisation with and within Goth is online, or wannabe Goths who join Goth-oriented forums and make out that they are the DARK Emperor of the DARK DARKNESS. I'm not sure why.

NotAGoth - people who may appear very obviously Goth, but go around proclaiming that they are Not A Goth. Occasionally, this is an attempt to be more Goth by proving their individuality and non-conformity. Confusing? Yeah, I thought so. Note: some NotAGoths are actually Not Goth. They genuinely don't feel any affiliation with the subculture, despite appearances to the contrary. Andrew Eldritch? So NotAGoth...

Oh-So-Gothic - something (or someone) that is trying really, really hard to be the epitome of all things dark and spooky - and not quite pulling it off.

Oh My Goth! - Goth version of 'Oh my God!', usually used in a joking manner, or by someone trying WAY too hard.

Ooky-spooky - spooky, Gothy. Tends to refer to things that are either OTT and Oh-So-Gothic, or Goth-in-a-cute-way, e.g. Tim Burton curliques and stripes.

Oontz-oontz - (also tweedly-beep). Usually used by eldergoths, referring to EBM, dark electro, and related cybergothy forms of music.

Perkygoth - the happier breed of Goth, e.g. Kynt and Vyxsin (of 'The Amazing Race' fame), Jillian Venters from Gothic Charm School, NCIS's own Abby Sciuto. Those who don't think being Goth equates to being miserable all the time - in fact, quite the opposite! Yay, glitter, sugar, pink accents and sparkly bats!

Rivet-head - (also industrialists, industrial Goths). Those who listen to/favour Industrial music. May or may not also consider themselves Goths - the two music scenes are VERY closely related but not the same.

Sexy Death Chicks - (also sexxy deth chix and other terrible spellings). When mainstream types head off to Goth clubs in the hope of hooking up with Goth girls, they are said to be looking for 'sexy death chicks'. Awful, I know...

Spot the Crow - a fun game you can play at any Marilyn Manson/Slipknot/insert mallgoth-beloved band name here concert. Basically, see how many people wearing Crow make-up/costumes you can spot. Not including the people on stage, that is.

The Gothfather - usually referring to Andrew Eldritch (singer of The Sisters of Mercy - but you knew that). Tends to be used sarcastically, owing to Andrew's total dislike of all things Goth.

Ubergoth - someone who insists on being 100% Gawthick on every occasion, including nipping to the shops to grab a pint of milk, walking the dog, etc. The type that wears six-inch heels and a PVC bustle to pick up the kids after school.

Weekenders - those who only dress Goth on weekends (or when attending clubs) for socialising, either because they lack 'devotion' to the scene or because their jobs/families/school don't allow them to be black-clad spooksters 24/7.


Anonymous said...

"First generation Goths: those who lived through the 80s and saw it all the first time around."

Just wanted to make a little correction. The first generation of Goths were around in the late 70's (just ask Patrick Mata and Dinah Cancer). The 80's generation would be the second generation of goths.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Anonymous - I used the term '80s' as that was when Goth really began to develop as a scene in its own right rather than a splinter group of punk.

But cheers for the heads-up. =)

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

Whelp, apparently, I'm an ubergoth. :P I'm ALWAYS made up and dressed to the nines. To make up for all the people who go to the shops in their pyjamas.

(and yes. I am reading through your blag again. Instead of sleeping. Damn you dessert affagato.)

LisbethSalander said...

I used to tell people that i am not a goth only to avoid the insults and etiquets,and some of the oldschool goth people like to call every other goth a poser and they are very strict about goth genre.But the truth is that i would rather call my self a big fan of gothic subculture.I also like goth metal cause for me,quality of sound is very important considering a fact that i am a musician.And i like to look goth all the time cause i like to look pretty,and if i was a person who dresses normal like the rest of young people,again i would be looking pretty with makeup all the time.Ofc sometimes i am not in the mood for makeup,but that's rare.

Ivy said...

This is one my friends and I came up with one. A CrowBoy. A mainstream who goes and looks to hook up with Gothic girls

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