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Aug 7th 2014 at 3:23:28 PM •••

How is people calling the aliens in the Film.Alien movies an example? For that matter, someone in Film.Predator calling the Predators... Predators.

Jun 25th 2014 at 9:30:22 PM •••

Is it necessary to have to have the actual title of each category in brackets after the self demonstrating part of the category name? It seems like a case of Don't Explain the Joke to me.

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Jun 25th 2014 at 11:58:10 PM •••

Not all people are familiar with the meanings, so I would think "yes, it's necessary".

May 6th 2014 at 10:25:16 PM •••

Proposing the use of the following (more descriptive) quote as the header for Buffy Speak:

"Whedon's voice is so distinct that 'Buffy Speak' has become a mode of language unto its own - one codified by a jumbling of nouniness and adjectiviage into languagey-bits that sound like your brain forgot words before spontaneously re-remembering them."
—>— Kyle Kallgren, on the subject of Joss Whedon's production of Much Ado About Nothing

(From 5:22 in the linked video.)

If there are any objections, please raise them ASAP.

Aug 16th 2012 at 11:05:09 PM •••

Perhaps not quite an example: in Beyond Good And Evil, Jade comments on the picture of the monster she has been hired to photograph: "His sketch seems a little sketchy."

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May 31st 2012 at 6:49:30 AM •••

I can't think of any example sin The Avengers but I'd be surprised if there aren't any.

May 9th 2012 at 10:48:59 PM •••

Isn't "You Know That Thing Where...", the mantra of This Very Wiki, basically an example of this?

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May 6th 2012 at 6:42:17 PM •••

This was in Weird Science, probably in episode "The Bazooka Boys" but I'm not sure of that, and I don't remember whether Gary said it or Wyatt:

Let's do that thing we did to that guy at that place that time!
Wyatt or Gary understood immediately, but I don't remember how he expressed his assent.

Feb 29th 2012 at 4:01:40 PM •••

Buffy Speak? Really? Can you come up with a more bizarre, opaque name than Buffy Speak? Everybody talks this way! It's not even a Buffy-specific trope! I have for so long tried to wrap my head around the name Buffy Speak, because I can never remember what this trope is or why it is named Buffy Speak.

...Not that I dare take it to TRS. This page is older than I am.

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Mar 12th 2012 at 7:03:55 AM •••

Seemed transparent to me, and I first read the trope page long before I ever saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The thing is, Whedon didn't come up with the name "Buffy" by accident — it's a name that evokes, for many, the image of a California Valley Girl. So "Buffy Speak", even for people who haven't seen the show, suggests a variation on Valley Girl Speech. Which is what the trope is. So it's a pretty good name for the trope. (And, incidentally, most people don't talk that way on a regular basis. If the people around you do, it may be a regional thing... such as the Valley Girl speech that Buffy Speak is derived from.)

Apr 21st 2012 at 10:40:34 PM •••

No, it really isn't a good name.

It reeks of myopia because TV Tropes was originally a collection of Whedon fans. But it has evolved past that point and trying to attribute it to him with that assumption bothers me on a number of levels.

It's the same problem I have with "Jossed." Many trope names have been cut out to be more universal but for some reason these continue to be spared because the Whedon worship here is rather creepy.

May 3rd 2012 at 1:34:30 PM •••

As someone who just went around the wiki for months thinking this probably redirected to Like Is, Like, a Comma, I have to agree that this name is about as clear as concrete.

May 31st 2012 at 9:51:45 AM •••

I also agree, it's a bit of a dodgy trope name. And if it evokes California Valley Girl, then it's in the wrong trope - Buffy Speak has nothing to do with California or valley girls except by coincidence.

Actually, this seems like Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic. Hmmm.

Jul 25th 2012 at 11:53:40 AM •••

Going by this page one would think any language without laserlike precision is Buffy Speak. The "trope" where people use "that thing," or the word "doohickey"/"whatchamacallit"/"whatzit" at all ever in any context, is People Sit On Chairs.

This trope seems to be referring to a case where someone's speech is so stumbling and vague that it conveys no information. But, as per usual with this kind of trope, the examples ... well ... they're kind of all over the place, and since where you draw the line is subjective I'm not sure it can be fixed.

The term Buffyspeak in the fandom isn't even the same as this trope. According to the Buffy RPG it incorporates pop culture references (especially) superhero references, calling things "Mister" this or "Miss" that, Britishisms (!?), hyperbole, compound words, staccato delivery, stuttering transparent lies, adding the letter "y" to the ends of nouns, adding "-age" to the end of words, self-description, wordplay and slang.

An RPG isn't canon, but ... the section lists example after example of what is very clearly Buffyspeak but does not fit the definition applied to this trope. What's more, Googling "Buffyspeak" also comes up with page after page that includes this trope but doesn't match it.

So basically ... not only is the word "Buffyspeak" meaningless to anyone outside this fandom, but what this trope is describing isn't even Buffyspeak within that fandom's definition.

A better definition for Buffyspeak would be: A style of speech marked by heavy use of slang and pop culture references, the coining of nonce words, and twisted syntax.

A real Buffyspeak trope wouldn't have many examples, though. Buffy itself, Clueless, maybe Abed from Community, and Terry Pratchett.

As for this trope ... Comedic Stammering? I don't know. It IS part of Buffy Speak, but it's not the most obvious or the most significant part (which would probably be bizarre syntax).

Nov 12th 2012 at 1:48:47 PM •••

I agree that this should be renamed, however in the trope repair shop "There are 288 threads open in this forum. The limit is 100. We won't be taking new items here until some threads are closed. You can make a note for yourself about the issue you are thinking of on your To Do List.". It sounds like we won't be able to make a discussion for it.

Feb 18th 2013 at 8:14:16 PM •••

I agree. It's a bad name.

That said, it's got to be Grandfather-claused since it's got to be... so ridiculously deeply wicked.

Plus I can't think of a better name offhand so it's not like there's an obvious BETTER example.

Sep 15th 2017 at 6:37:43 PM •••

I might be 4 years late to the party, but seeing as nothing has been done since then, I'm going to say it again: this is still a bad title. And the (apparent) consensus that this is a poor title is spilling over onto the actual page itself. I quote the last paragraph of the page, before the examples begin:

"For some reason, this trope is named for the speech patterns of the teenage characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran from 1997 - 2003. The show's creator, Joss Whedon, is often credited with "creating" this form of writing (also called Whedonspeak). However, there are instances of this type of language from writers like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, H.P. Lovecraft, and P. G. Wodehouse, making this trope significantly Older Than They Think. This type of speech has existed for as long as language itself, and is actually Older Than Dirt."

This is essentially a dissent on naming this page "Buffy Speak", illustrating why the name "Buffy Speak" is poorly thought out, myopic, confusing, and is more than a little incorrect. I mean, the only reason this paragraph even exists is to point out the problems stemming from the name of the page. This paragraph is informative, sure, but it also clutters the page, and dissent on the page name on the page itself is unprofessional. Not a funny or endearing kind of 'unprofessional' either; it's messy, and it looks bad.

The title of this page should be changed.

Sep 17th 2017 at 2:27:38 AM •••

It won't be changed, folks. There are over 3000 pages that would need to be edited and we don't have the manpower to make such a big change unless there is some urgent problem to fix.

Nov 19th 2011 at 5:54:59 PM •••

In the last episode of The Spoony One's LP of Swat 4, his teammates begin chewing him out for being in their way the moment they spawn. Spoony walks away from the camera, screams, then comes back and shouts, "I'm in charge here! I've got the captain...thing!"

Jun 25th 2011 at 10:37:36 PM •••

In "The Simpsons," there's a scene where Dr. Nick is operating on someone, and he starts singing: "The knee bone's connected to the...something, the something's connected to the red thing, the red thing's connected to my wristwatch..."

Also, more from Bt VS: "To read makes our speaking English good." "My song is about dignity,and human feelings, and personal...hygeine, or something." "Hey, I got a thing, you maybe have a thing. Maybe we could have a thing." "Were in the crime club, which is kind of like the chess club, only with crime and, chess." "See, you made him do that thing where hes gone."

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Jun 4th 2011 at 7:47:30 AM •••

Dialogue Where The Speakers Intent Exceeds Their Powers Of Vocabulary For Comedic Effect needs to be added as a redirect to this trope, in my opinion. If only for the humour value of doing so.

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Nov 7th 2011 at 10:15:37 AM •••

Having attempted to do so, it seems like it can't actually be done. Perhaps the redirect is too long?

Jun 29th 2011 at 6:52:45 AM •••

Speaking of, every republican quote there sounds like perfectly normal english to me. I literally don't understand what's being criticized.

Dec 18th 2011 at 2:37:12 PM •••

I'd like to posit that the opposite of Buffyspeak is Marspeak, after Veronica Mars. Yaknow, the show where high school kids don't talk like high school kids, and junk?

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