English, motherf**ker, do you speak it? (Part 4)

A five part series on words with cinematic origins


7. bunny-boiler (Fatal Attraction, 1987)


Definition: (noun) a woman who acts vengefully after having been spurned by her lover (according to Oxford English Dictionary)

To use it in a sentence: She may be a bunny-boiler but she’s not Basic Instinct Sharon Stone crazy.


How did it originate?

This is a reference to a scene from the film Fatal Attraction where a pissed off Glenn Close seeks payback on Michael Douglas by boiling his pet rabbit. Now, it has become a part of our cultural lexicon as well as a cautionary tale for men about the disastrous consequences of having a clingy, possessive and overbearing mistress. The pejorative term was first used, three years after the film’s release, in a 1990 interview given by Glenn Close to the US magazine the Ladies’ Home Journal. She noted, “There’s nothing like portraying a psychopathic bunny-boiler to boost one’s self-esteem.”

  1. padawan (Star Wars)


Definition: (noun) any apprentice or student

To use it in a sentence: Vladimir Putin was proud of his padawan, Donald Trump.


How did it originate?luke

The Star Wars films depict quintessential tales of good versus evil (in this case, Jedi vs. Sith). It became a pop culture phenomenon soon after its inception, thanks to its twitterpated global fan following. Padawan was coined by George Lucas himself for the franchise.


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