Tag: comic book language


The super-language of Superman

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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Comic book quiz

Quiz: test your knowledge 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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Kapow! The language of comics


Chances are, if asked to think of the language of comics, terms like kapow!, blam!, and zap! wouldn’t be far from your mind. This is largely thanks to pop art and the Adam West Batman TV show, which emblazoned these terms across our screens, often accompanied by shrill trumpets blaring madly. I used to cringe […]