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Gothic Phrases

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Ever wonder what the ones in the dark corner are talking about? And that strange lingo that no one speaks? Probably not...but now you can know when you do notice it...

ALTERNATEEN- This term is meant to designate those teenybopper who listen to alternative music and try to look different my trying to look identical to other trend-following teenagers who are trying to look different.Usually used in referance to kids who listen to Pearl Jam or U2, for example, and other such Top 40 bands that are classified as alternative for some reason (the gothic version of these people are called baby bats)

- the existention suffering and depression one feels when one can see the world and all it's tragedy. See "All the angst of it all"

- A derrogatory term for those wannabe Goths who are only familiar with the superficial aspects of the culture. They may only listen to the most popular of Gothic bands. They are mainly the younger kids going through a phase and trying to look cool. However people tend to fling this label at anyone they don't like. A lot of people don't prefer to use this because it implies a "more gothic than thou" attitude.

- A Goth concentrated on the morbid, tragic, depressing, or apocolyptic themes. See mopey goth.

- This phrase is from the song 'Everyday is Halloween' from a song by Ministry.The unnoficial lyrics are:
Well I live with snakes and lizards
And other things that go bump in the night
But to me everyday is Halloween
I've given up hiding and started to fight, started to fight

Well anytime, anyplace, anywhere that I go
All the people seem to stop and stare
They say, "Why are you dressed up like it's halloween?
You're obsurt, you're obseen!"

Oh why can't I live for me?
Why should I take the abuse that's served?
Why can't they see they're just like me?
It's the same, it's the same in the whole wide world.

- A Sarcastic term used for bands (and their fans) who are conserned with fittin in with the steriotypical Goth image. These bands might spend longer putting on their makeup for a concert than the actual concert lasts. Frequently during the set they may take a clove break because their makeup is smearing.Their stage names might be something like Vlad, or Lestat. You might find them singing about angst and tragedy vampires, or doing exessivly cheesy things.

- A band with integrity will not compromise the artistic expression in order to sell more records. Usually integrity means that a band is creating adventurous, meaningful or original music.

- Also, Kindergothen. It can be derogatory, meaning a poser much like a baby bat, or it can also be neutral, meaning a very young goth, usually 16 and younger.

- Also, Psychodrama. In the dicionary melodrama means a work characterized by extravogant drama and theatrically appealing to the emotions. Melodrama is used to describe how a social scene seems like a Soap Opera.

- Goths who have an overdeveloped sence of angst. These Goths are the ones you may find brooding in a dark corner, pondering the pain of existance wondering why their girlfriend/boyfriend has torn out their heart (again). In general they tend to take life very seriously.

- A sarcastic phrase used to designate a snobbish attitude, or describe poeple who take themselves too seriously. A play on "holier than thou". Someone with a "more gothic than thou" attitude will tell you about the gothic bands they are into by saying, "you probably haven't heard of them.."

- A sarcastic phrase to express one's opinion of something as Goth-worthy. Like "I see you have all the Bauhaus albums on vinyl, that's oh so gothic of you" or "those skull-shaped candle holders are oh so gothic.."

SPOOKEY KID- This is a very recent term which isn't widely used as of yet. The spookey kids are the followers of Maralin Manson and Nine Inch Nails(mostly under 18 years old). People comfuse Goths with Spookey kids, and this is frustrating to goths because the gothic culture is blamed for the stupid things the Spookey Kids do. example: Columbine.


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