October 5, 2018
Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Steven Spielberg, and More Officially Added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Your favorite filmmaker’s style just became an official adjective.
If you’ve ever attempted to break down a director’s style to a colleague, falling victim to going the route of, for example, “it’s just very Lynchian,” or it’s “so Tarantinoesque,” there’s some good news on the horizon: You can no longer be accused of making up words to describe the indescribable. You’re not at a loss for words if you describe something as “Spielbergian;” you’ve just found the perfect one.
Yes, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has unveiled its latest round of updates to its collection of nouns, adjectives, and phrases, and in the batch are some very specific, film-friendly additions. Lynchian, as in “characteristic, reminiscent, or imitative of the films or television work of David Lynch,” is now officially a tenant in the dictionary, as are other auteur descriptors like Altmanesque, Bergmanesque, Bressonian, Godardian, Hawksian, Herzogian, and others.