Word of the Day: Gothic

By Daniel Scocco

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Gothic (gŏth’ĭk) is an adjective with several meanings. First of all it used to describe things related to the Goths, or things that have a Germanic origin. Some people broadened this definition to encompass anything related to the Middle Ages. Finally, Gothic can also be related to a very specific architectural style that was present in Western Europe until the 15th century.

The graphics flit between cheerfully normal school backdrops to the unnerving fountains of blood and gothic masks, keeping you on edge and constantly awaiting the next horror. (USA Today)

There are many meanings of the term “gothic”. To some, it might refer to the novels of Mary Shelley or the rather less demanding oeuvre of Anne Rice. (The Telegraph)

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3 Responses to “Word of the Day: Gothic”

  • –Deb

    Excellent choice for today, because it’s the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th birthday, and it’s got those lovely, gothic arches… (grin)

  • Matilda


  • tg

    Gothic in 2008 also refers to a subculture of ‘goths.’ They are stereotyped as emulating the darker elements of human nature – black clothes, dark fingernails, piercings, dark music, magic, etc.etc. all which may or may not be true, but could be important if you are writing for young people.

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