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Buffy The Vampire SlayerBuffy guide to slayer slang
By Paul Francis
Tuesday 29 July 2003, by Webmaster
The cult series Buffy The Vampire Slayer has drawn millions of viewers into a dark and deadly world of make-believe, where demons stalk the Earth with only a blonde teenager to stop them.
As a demon-killing, wisecracking icon of girl power, Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, not only possesses supernatural fighting skills but also a slang vocabulary all her own.
So if Buffy is heard to exclaim "That 007 is dollsome. I’d like to go to Dateville with him", what she means is: "That charming and well-dressed Englishman is very attractive. I would enjoy a romantic liaison with him."
Now the colourful wordplay has been collected in a new dictionary written by a leading American linguist, Professor Michael Adams, and published by Oxford University Press today.
The first series of Buffy aired in 1997, a spin-off from a 1995 B-list movie that starred Hilary Swank.
The show quickly became a huge hit, inspiring more than 1,200 websites and propelling Gellar to international fame. At its height, in 2001, the show’s combination of virtuous lesbian witches, conscience-haunted vampires, demonic high-school principals and charismatic English librarians drew more than seven million viewers.
The final series is being screened in the UK by Sky One and will be shown on BBC2 later in the year. Part one of the final series is released on video by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment this week.