"Buffy" slang in weekend Financial Times

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FT WEEKEND MAGAZINE - THE ARTS: Bite me, professor  
By Ian Shuttleworth
Financial Times; Sep 13, 2003

It's one of the ultimate accolades for a writer with a genuine interest in 
words: being cited in a dictionary - especially one published by the Oxford 
University Press - as an example of first use of a particular term in a dictionary 
entry. This summer I found myself cited not once but seven times. The glory!

Except that my citations aren't in the Oxford English Dictionary or any of 
its authoritative spin-offs, but in a tome entitled Slayer Slang: a Buffy the 
Vampire Slayer Lexicon (OUP, ý12.99). There I am, acknowledged as a pioneer in 
the use of terms such as "five-by- five" (adj.: satisfied, good), "vamped" 
(adj.: turned into a vampire), and "suckage" (across which it is perhaps best to 
draw a veil).

Yet this is no youth-culture bandwagon publication. Slayer Slang's author, 
Michael Adams, is chair of the English department at a liberal arts college in 
Pennsylvania; his glossary of terms from the TV series and its various official 
and unofficial offshoots is not only compiled in conventional scholarly 
style, but is prefaced by several chapters on the forms and evolutions of slang, 
and grew out of an essay first published in the respected linguistic periodical 
(The Financial Times: right on the money--ed.)

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