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.”
- padawan (Star Wars)
Definition: (noun) any apprentice or student
To use it in a sentence: Vladimir Putin was proud of his padawan, Donald Trump.
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.