‘Lynchian’, ‘Tarantinoesque’ and ‘Kubrickian’ lead new film words added to Oxford English Dictionary


The Oxford English Dictionary has recognised the cultural influence of film makers such as David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick.

The latest edition has included a new selection of 100 film related words – and it means that some of the most influential film makers of all times have been transformed into adjectives.

For Clockwork Orange director Kubrick, it’s Kubrickian. The term is described is “meticulous perfectionism, mastery of the technical aspects of film-making, and atmospheric visual style in films across a range of genres.”


Quenin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino, meanwhile, is Tarantinoesque – which means “characterized by graphic and stylised violence, non-linear storylines, cineliterate references, satirical themes, and sharp dialogue”.

Unsurprisingly, Lynchian reflects the ethereal, other-wordly creations that the director is widely renowned for. It’s described as “juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasise a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.”

Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg and Frank Capra were among some of the other prolific directors to make the cut.

The full list, which can be found here, also reflects everyday film jargon. ‘Mumblecore’, ‘Scream queen’, ‘Shaky cam’, and ‘Diegetic’ are among these.


Finally, there are references to some of cinema’s most iconic phrases too – with The Wizard of Oz’s ‘Not in Kansas anymore’ making the cut.

Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino is currently shooting ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’. You can find out the latest on it here.