Absinthe:Absinthe is an alcoholic drink made with an
extract from wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). It is an emerald green drink
which is very bitter (due to the presence of absinthin) and is therefore
traditionally poured over a perforated spoonful of sugar into a glass of
water. The drink then turns into an opaque white as the essential oils
precipitate out of the alcoholic solution.
alt.gothic:The alt.gothic Usenet newsgroup went
online on November 1, 1991 to give goths an electronic forum to discuss
aspects of the gothic lifestyle and culture. Those who frequent this
unmoderated newsgroup are often referred to as net.goths
baby bat: Baby bat, a term which probably was
originally meant to be deragatory, has now come to mean either a young
goth or a new-comer to the scene. In its first meaning it would almost
seem synonymous with Spooky Kids, but Baby Bats don't have the "poseur
aura" about them. Instead, they usually tend to go on to be accepted as a
Goth. In the second meaning it is just someone who has recently become a
Goth, and therefore doesn't know as much about the culture. These are the
kind of people that would accidentally ask the DJ at the local Goth club
to something by Switchblade Symphony, not realizing the last song was by
Batcave: A club in Soho (London) that began in the
early eighties and nurtured the first generation of gothics from their
punk heritage. Bands like Alien Sex Fiend played there live. It was closed
down years later with the apparent death of the Gothic movement in the UK.
The term Batcave also refers to the more punk oriented Gothic.
BDSM: Represents Bondage, Discipline, and
Sado-Masochism (also related, Dominance & Submission = DS). It is a
form of sexual fantasy play between consenting adults often involving
fetishes, focusing on mental, sensual and erotic experience over the
standard sexual intercourse, and requiring a great level emotional trust
and communication between partners. BDSM does not have anything to do with
using pain or force on someone who is an unwilling victim. Although
Gothics tend to appear to be familiar with the practices of bondage by
their apparel, most of those people wearing vinyl pants and bondage
bracelets don't know the first thing about BDSM and are following a
fashion trend. The majority of BDSM practitioners have nothing to do with
gothic, and they view bondage gear as a tool, not an accessory.
bondage babe: Girls decked out in fetish clothing at
clubs, including bondage collar, bondage bracelets, bondage belt and some
sort of latex, vinyl, or rubber outfit. Usually intended to mean the
people who are following the fetish fashion trend rather than those who
know much about fetish and BDSM culture. Also bondage boy.
bondage gear: For example, bracelets, belts, collars,
etc. that will have a metal O ring or D ring attached.
devil bunny: The term comes from a song by My Life
with the Thrill Kill Kult. It is used to designate the people who think
"Satan is cool," but are not exactly worshippers of Satan.
fetish: The dictionary's definition of fetish is
excessive sexual focus on an object of fixation. Fetish fashion covers a
wide range of fabrics such as leather, PVC, vinyl, rubber, and latex. It
also includes items such as stilletto heels, thigh high boots, corsets and
bondage gear or other items of clothing that one might become fixated on.
first generation/second generation: First generation
emerged mostly in the UK in the late seventies and early eighties as a
splinter from the punk movement characterized by bands like The Damned,
Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Joy Division. They were called
Gothic later on, but most didn't consider themselves Gothic. By the mid to
late eighties, the Gothic movement was waning. In the late eighties/early
nineties, a new generation of Gothic bands emerged, for example The
Shroud, Rosetta Stone, Nosferatu and London After Midnight, who were the
first to characteristically call themselves Gothic. This is when the U.S.
Gothic movement grew significantly, and Gothic became recognized as a
distinct subculture. Whether or not second generation is authentically
Gothic depends on whom you ask. Many of those first generation adherents
will say it is not, and many others will say that second generation is a
bad imitation of first generation.
Gother-than-thou: A condescending attitude some Goths
or wanna-be Goths have in which they consider themselves more Gothic than
others, be it in style, mannerism or knowledge of the scene. Although we
all have our moments, such a pretentious attitude us generally not welcome
in the Gothic scene.
The phrase was adapted from the more common
Gothic: (goth-ik) adj. of the style of
architecture common in western Europe in the 12th-16th centuries, with
pointed arches and rich stone carving. gothic novel, a kind of
novel with sensational or horrifying events, popular in 18th-19th
gothic slide: A characteristically gothic dance move
in which your boots do not leave the dance floor as you glide across it by
moving your feet. Somewhat like the footwork in the movie Footloose, but
much more chaotic.
Mansonite: Much akin to the ninny, the Mansonite
worships the band, and the lead singer who goes by the same name, Marilyn
Manson. This term is usually used for those fans who like to dress up like
him, do their makeup like him and wear Marilyn Manson t-shirts. Many goths
will use this term in a derogatory way towards the teenagers they think
are foolish for liking Marilyn Manson.
mopey goths: Goths who have an overdeveloped sense of
angst. These Goths are the ones you may find brooding in dark corners,
pondering the pain of existence, wondering why their girlfriend/boyfriend
has torn their heart out (again). In general, they tend to take life very
net.goth adj. a person, of gothic persuasion,
who is only capable of communicating with others via electronic means.
Can generally be found on uk.people.gothic or alt.gothic.
perky goth: Some may say this is an oxymoron, but
perky goths are people who like the gothic style and music, but don't like
the doom and gloom attitude some Goths have. (For those of you who have
seen Switchblade Symphony play live, think of Tina Root.) Perky goths try
not to take themselves too seriously and don't brood. They like to have
fun. You'll often find them wearing, for example, body glitter, a mixture
of black and non-black clothing, and telling the mopey goths to lighten up
. The mopey goths say that they are missing the point of Gothic entirely.
Slimelight: The Slimelight is probably the most well
known of the UK Gothic clubs.
Snakebite: A popular drink originating in the UK made
by mixing half a pint of cider with half a pint of lager. Snakebite and
Black is the same but with a shot of blackcurrant cordial included. This
drink is often hard to find (at least made properly) in the US. It was
adopted by goths in the late eighties/early nineties due in part to the
purple color of Snakebite and Black and also due to its former position as
a cheap, lethal student favorite. (Hence the term "snakebite.") There
are many who say that this drink can get one drunk quickly or that it can
cause one to become nauseous. However, this is due primarily to over
indulgence of a tasty drink that has a significant alcohol content.
spooky kid: This is a very recent term which doesn't
have much widespread usage quite yet. The spooky kids are followers of
Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails and are mostly under 18 years old.
(Originally the name of the band was Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids.)
People confuse spooky kids for goths, which is frustrating to Goths
because Goth culture gets blamed for the stupid things spooky kids do.
Spooky kids and Goths don't associate with each other very much, and they
tend to not like each other. Goths resent them for being poseurs and
giving Goth a bad name, and they resent Goths for being snobs and
elitists. Spooky kid is usually used as a derogatory term similar to baby
bat, but it specifically refers to the younger and ardent Marilyn Manson
and Nine Inch Nails fans. I'm not sure if spooky kids call themselves
spooky kids, I think most of them call themselves Goth.
Tainted:[Tainted] is a chat/babble list for Midlands
area goths only, or those goths who frequently visit the Midlands area! We
have currently over 90 members, listings of all the areas regular and
forthcoming goth-related events, and regular organised meetings & trips.
Members can also get into Contamination for free (with a fortnightly draw
for the guestlist!)
Trenchcoat Mafia: The self-assigned name of a group
of outcast students at Columbine High School in Colorado (USA). In 1999
two of these alleged members (Eric Harris and Dillon Kleybold) went on a
killing spree in their school killing around 24 people and injuring many
more. They then killed themselves. During the media coverage, they were
quickly associated (mistakenly) with the gothic scene due to the fact that
they sometimes wore black clothes and trenchcoats. Afterwards copycat-like
activities and bomb threats rocked schools across the US adding to the
media attention. Unfortunately since this incident, many ignorant people
now feel that the gothic scene is a threat to society - and many schools
have taken action against gothic students. No doubt this stigmatism will
last a long time. Additional note: Apparently Eric Harris and Dillon
Kleybold were not actually members of the Trenchcoat Mafia but sometimes
hung out with them.
underground: Something that is not widely known about
among the general population. It is secret, obscure, hidden, rare, only
for a selected few who are knowledgeable enough to pursue it. There are
two tendencies that often occur in those who adamantly participate in an
underground culture. The first is elitism. In general the elitists view
themselves as having suffered (persecution, harrassment) to become a part
of something rare and unusual. They dislike those who have not suffered to
join the culture, those who are following a trend. The trend-followers
defile what was sacred and make common what was once rare. The elitists
view that culture as something they had to search for, discover, and
suffer ridicule for; and they despise those who had it handed to them. The
second tendency of those in an underground culture is a wide familiarity
(often acceptance and friendliness depending on the person) with other
people in the social scene or those who appear to be a part of the same
Whitby: Whitby is a small seaside fishing village in
North East England, it found fame in Bram Stokers "Dracula" as the
location the count first landed on British soil. And Twice a Year
Thousands of Goth's descend there for a long weekend of Live bands, Lots
of Drink, Meeting other Goths from all over the place, and generally
enjoying themselfs. These Gatherings are called "the Whitby Gothic
Weekends" and they attract a wide variety of people of gothic persuation
from all over the UK and the World...