Tag: comic book language

Holy lexicon, Batman! Comic book language from Agitron to Zod.

Holy lexicon, Batman! Comic book language from Agitron to Zod

The most hotly-anticipated film of the summer, Suicide Squad, shows that even supevillains can make a contribution to society. But what contribution have superheroes, supervillains, and comic books in general made to the English language? Here’s an A-Z of words and terms from comic book culture. Some have yet to gain the traction to make […]

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Learn more about Superman language

Kryptonite, brainiac, and other Superman language

The mark left by Superman on today’s pop culture landscape is incalculable; not only has he been featured in comic strips and books, radio and television series, films, and video games, he is also referenced everywhere, from pop songs (“Sunshine Superman” by Donovan, for instance) to sitcoms (some claim that every episode of Seinfeld has […]

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How well can you do on our comic book quiz?

Quiz: how well do you know the language of comic books?

Are you a comic book fan as well as a language maven? Prove it with the OxfordWords comics quiz! Comic books are often looked down upon as a juvenile form of literature, but the medium has spawned countless works and even contributed many catchphrases (most of which come from superheroes) into the modern English lexicon. […]

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