Whether you’re on your coffee break at the office, talking with friends or reading the newspaper, we encounter situations every day where topic-specific vocabulary is used. And when you don’t know the language, it can be really difficult to participate in the conversation! When the topic switches to recent news events, it gets even more complicated…
From politics and sporting events to fashion and technology, this blog series will help you understand and convey ideas about a wide range of recent events using the right vocabulary.
Today, it’s all about the geeks! The biggest “Comic Con” of the year starts today in San Diego, and it’s an unmissable event that brings together all the latest and greatest from pop culture. We’ve prepared a list of words and expressions that you’ll probably hear in the upcoming days.
pop culture (noun): modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people
Ex: San Diego Comic-Con is arguably the biggest event in pop culture.
exhibitor (noun): a person who displays items of interest at a convention
Ex: Large groups of fans walk excitedly from one exhibitor’s booth to another.
to unveil (verb): to show or announce publicly for the first time
Ex: Marvel will unveil a 13-foot-tall bronze Captain America statue at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
buff (noun): a person who is very interested in a subject and knows a lot about it
Ex: “Even if you’re not a science-fiction fan or a movie buff, there’s an incredible atmosphere at the convention,” argued the fan.
collectibles (plural noun): items worth collecting
Ex: It’s rumored that this year they’ll be giving away exclusive Pokemon collectibles to special attendees because of the new Pokemon Go app.
panel (noun): a live or virtual discussion about a specific topic amongst a selected group of experts in front of a large audience
Ex: The HBO Game of Thrones panel, which will include four experts discussing the show, is one of the most anticipated events at the Comic-Con.
cosplay (noun): the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime
Ex: Game Of Thrones cosplays are really popular. Last year, a lot of fans dressed up like Khaleesi.
overcrowding (noun): filled beyond what’s comfortable
Ex: Because of the event’s popularity, attendees and vendors complained of overcrowding.
fandom (noun): the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture
Ex: Dozens of different fandoms meet each year at the Comic-Con.
attendee (noun): a person who attends an event
Ex: Around 130,000 attendees are expected this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con.
We realize that some of these words—like cosplay or fandom—are pretty specific, and you may not find them as useful in everyday conversation. But most of the words on this list—like panel, attendee and exhibitor—are much more common, and will be helpful to talk about all kinds of events or pop-culture trends. Try one out this week!