History Main / NotUsingTheZWord

6th Jun '16 3:58:29 PM Doug86
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A subtrope of the SciFiGhetto. Can be used to highlight how [[OurMonstersAreDifferent their monsters are different]]. Suppose your monsters are rotting shambling undead that want to drink your blood. Call them zombies and every casual reader's going to assume they're after "braaaaaiiinnss," while calling them vampires brings up images of [[UniversalHorror old black-&-white horror movies]], Creator/AnneRice and [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkles]]. When it's used to force a sense of [[ThisIsReality "realism"]] (we don't call them "zombies" because zombies ''[[NotAZombie aren't real]]''), it smacks painfully of GenreBlindness. If ''you'' were confronted by what appears to be a member of the walking dead, how much effort would you spend coming up with an alternative name?

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A subtrope of the SciFiGhetto. Can be used to highlight how [[OurMonstersAreDifferent their monsters are different]]. Suppose your monsters are rotting shambling undead that want to drink your blood. Call them zombies and every casual reader's going to assume they're after "braaaaaiiinnss," while calling them vampires brings up images of [[UniversalHorror [[Franchise/UniversalHorror old black-&-white horror movies]], Creator/AnneRice and [[Literature/{{Twilight}} sparkles]]. When it's used to force a sense of [[ThisIsReality "realism"]] (we don't call them "zombies" because zombies ''[[NotAZombie aren't real]]''), it smacks painfully of GenreBlindness. If ''you'' were confronted by what appears to be a member of the walking dead, how much effort would you spend coming up with an alternative name?
5th Jun '16 3:22:55 PM nombretomado
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* The word "vampire" is never uttered in ''Film/RiseBloodHunter'' to describe the cult of undead blood drinkers. That's why most people who saw the trailer thought it was about some sort of ''PushingDaisies''-esque zombie or something.

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* The word "vampire" is never uttered in ''Film/RiseBloodHunter'' to describe the cult of undead blood drinkers. That's why most people who saw the trailer thought it was about some sort of ''PushingDaisies''-esque ''Series/PushingDaisies''-esque zombie or something.
9th May '16 10:56:40 PM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' made a point of never ever saying the [[{{Terminator}} T-word]] out loud, despite it being the very title of the show. Then, at the climax of (possibly) the last episode, Sarah screamed it into her adversary's face. Good times. Although this was an issue over royalties; as in they didn't want to pay any more than necessary so the T-word use was extremely limited.

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' made a point of never ever saying the [[{{Terminator}} [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T-word]] out loud, despite it being the very title of the show. Then, at the climax of (possibly) the last episode, Sarah screamed it into her adversary's face. Good times. Although this was an issue over royalties; as in they didn't want to pay any more than necessary so the T-word use was extremely limited.
1st May '16 6:20:57 AM cricri3007
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' where, when you fight a zombie for the first time, Dr.Vahlen says that "as improbable as it sounds, this is a zombie''".
29th Apr '16 6:28:00 PM rainbowstalin
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27th Apr '16 1:18:00 PM Theokal3
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** In the fan-made ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' the {{Magical Girl}}s are never referred as such, instead being called "Princesses", "Nobles" or "the Hopeful".
27th Mar '16 6:03:15 PM 3dgar01
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* ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'' calls its zombies Servants. Considering it takes place in a {{Constructed World}} its possible the word doesn't even exist in the setting.
10th Mar '16 9:41:48 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''Film/PerfectCreature'': The Brotherhood (who are super-strong and fast, have sharp fangs and drink blood) is not once referred to as "vampires" during the story's span, except for one instance during the opening narration, which states they used to be called like that.
29th Feb '16 12:35:48 PM Morgenthaler
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** The [[FollowTheLeader exact same is also true]] of the zombies (or not) in the movies ''TheCrazies'' and ''Film/{{REC}}''.

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** The [[FollowTheLeader exact same is also true]] of the zombies (or not) in the movies ''TheCrazies'' ''Film/TheCrazies'' and ''Film/{{REC}}''.
28th Feb '16 2:23:18 PM TamLinEarthly
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* Pre-Code horror comics, particular those from EC, are probably the root of zombie ubiquity in pop culture horror, but you'll find the word used only a handful of times in any of them. Like Romero later, these writers associated "zombie" with Caribbean folk magic, and employed it only in stories where voodoo raises the dead. There was no single word for other types of walking corpses at all.
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