English, motherf**ker, do you speak it? (Part 2)

A five part series on words with cinematic origins

Part 2

  1. twitterpated (Bambi, 1942)


Definition:  (adjective) Infatuated or obsessed (According to the Oxford English Dictionary)

In the words of Friend Owl in the film:

“Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: you’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden, you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as a feather; and before you know it, you’re walking on air. And then you know what? You’re knocked for a loop, and you completely lose your head!”

To use it in a sentence: Joel Barish was hopelessly twitterpated with Clementine.


How did it originate?

Though one could argue that Studio Ghibli and, occasionally, Pixar make superior films, Disney’s influence on the animation industry cannot be understated. Walt Disney revolutionised the industry starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. Based on Austrian author Felix Salten’s Bambi, A Life in the Woods, it depicts the life of a young deer in a strange forest filled with way-too-friendly fellow animals and the tragic turn his life takes after his mother is shot by hunters. Though a commercial failure at the time due to its release during the Second World War, it has enjoyed more acclaim and regarded as a classic today.

  1. bada-bing (The Godfather, 1972)


Definition: (exclamation) Used to emphasize that something will happen effortlessly and predictably  (According to the Oxford English Dictionary)

To use it in a sentence: Jennifer Lawrence’s acting prowess was manifest in Winter’s Bone and bada-bing, she became the next big thing in Hollywood with Hunger Games.

How did it originate?

Before it became famous as a strip club in The Sopranos, it was first used in the father of all mafia dramas, The Godfather.


In the words of James Caan’s Sonny,

Hey, whaddya gonna do, nice college boy, eh? Didn’t want to get mixed up in the Family business, huh? Now you wanna gun down a police captain. Why? Because he slapped ya in the face a little bit? Hah? What do you think this is the Army, where you shoot ’em a mile away? You’ve gotta get up close like this and – bada-BING! – you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.

A probable imitation of the sound of a drum roll, it soon became a popular catchphrase warranting an addition into the Oxford English Dictionary.


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