Shockingly, the much-misused (ahem) and oft-maligned term 'Goth' is not the only term used for we black-clad lovers of dark music.
Then again, back in the day, many of those in the punk movement who found themselves drawn to the dark music of the Goth rock and post-punk scenes weren't keen on the term 'Goth' being applied to them by the media. In many cases they thought of themselves simply as punks, or if they were more specifically aligned with the darker music groups, perhaps post-punks or even Batcavers (I am also given to understand that 'deathrockers' was originally used as a similar catch-all term for creepy black-clad people in the early days of the USA dark scene). Waver, from New Wave, was another term more popular in the 80s; I have also seen 'darkwaver' used.
A much-maligned term for Goths is the grammatically-mangled 'Gothics', to which the most common response is, "I'm sorry? I'm not a style of architecture..." or similar. Honestly, I thought this wording was the result of overeager youngsters over-employing their ooky-spookiness, but Tumblr blogger audiogruft (whose blog, irriatingly, I now can't find) says, "Look, I don’t know why we Germans took an English adjective and used it as a noun, okay? But it started in the 90s and somehow it stuck. It has by now become an incredibly vague, if not already meaningless term because it got applied to anything looking remotely “dark”, and has been commercialised pretty thoroughly as well. As a result, many German Goths resent and reject being called a “Gothic”."
Audiogruft also presents us with the following, utterly charming German term: "Schwarzkittel (singular and plural, lit. “blackcoats”): a self-chosen label and a rather friendly, slightly self-mocking one at that (a Kittel is rather plain, it can also refer to a lab coat for example)."
German Goths, of course, have their own specific terminology. The term 'grufti' is often used; I am told that this essentially means 'dark person', which is obviously a fairly accurate description. But, I have also read that because the word 'gruft' itself, from which the label is derived, means 'tomb', stereotypes abound regarding graveyards, death and other sorts of spooky nonsense which not every Goth actually wants to be associated with. We don't all take picnics in cemeteries, after all. Therefore, like many of the other terms - for example, babybat - grufti can be a label one uses affectionately for oneself but can also be frowned upon.
Sweden also has its own scene-specific terms. The tag 'synthare' (also spelt syntare) has been popularised by the stunning alt/Goth model Adora BatBrat, who uses the term (as well as 'Goth') to describe herself. However, the term doesn't refer specifically to Goths but to fans of synth and electronic music, the kind of music popular amongst cybergoths. Not all synthares dress in Goth fashion like Adora, but uniforms and military-style clothing are often popular (according to Wikipedia, that is).
The Little Book of Goths by Dan Vice has a handy list of international terminology for the Goth 'species'; some, I feel, may be inaccurate - for example, the term 'cosplayers' is listed under Japan, and whilst you get cosplayers playing Goth characters and Goths who are into cosplay the terms are not actually synonymous. In Japan, however, the 'Goth' label is often applied to Gothic Lolitas rather than Goths specifically, which confuses the issue even further.
Anyway, nitpicking aside, here are some of the terms listed in Dan Vice's Little Book:
- France: coneille, gothique, corbeau
- Germany: gotik
- Holland: gothiek, gootje
- Japan: gosurori, Yamamba (EDIT: to judge from the comments, sounds like this one is WAY out. Although The Little Book of Goths also lists Iron Maiden as a Goth bands, so I'm not tremendously surprised!)
- Mexico: darks, gotico, darketo, darky
- Spain: siniestro, gotico
- Sweden: got, svartrock