Being a part of any group you tend to pick up bits and pieces of slang. The Goth subculture is no different! Here are 7 Goth sayings and in-jokes that are commonly used by members of the subculture and what they actually mean. Don’t worry; there isn’t actually a secret Goth cabal that is going to revoke your Goth card if you don’t know all of these terms.
Goth points are a fictional point system that is referenced whenever someone does an act that is deemed particularly Gothy. For example, if someone were to collect a vintage Bauhaus vinyl, you could say they added ten Goth points to their card.
Speaking of Goth cards, they are a fictional Goth membership card and a way of storing Goth points. They are a Goth in-joke that harks back to the notion that you have to love a certain amount of dark things and listen to a lot of post-punk music to be able to refer to yourself as a real Goth.
“The Secret Goth Cabal”
The Secret Goth Cabal is a term commonly associated with the Goth writer Lady of the Manners who runs the blog Gothic Charm School. It’s a humorous term that is often referenced as the (imaginary) higher Goth power that provides and revokes Goth cards. For example if you buy a pink umbrella instead of black, someone might joke that the secret Goth Cabal might revoke your Goth card.
Babybat is the title for a newcomer to the Goth scene, or alternatively for a young Goth. There is debate as to whether an adult newcomer should be referred to as a Babybat as it generally refers to someone who is inexperienced. The term itself can be endearing or malicious depending on the context. For example an older Goth may insult another by telling them they dress like a Babybat.
“Gother Than Thou”
Gother Than Thou is a both a humorous and derogatory term used to describe a person or a way being. Saying that someone acts as though they are “Gother Than Thou” usually means that they are going out of their way to act or dress in order to out-Goth another.
“Goth in a box” or “Goth kit”
A Goth in a box or Goth kit refers to places like Hot Topic of which you walk out wearing an entire cut-and-paste Goth outfit. Due to Goth’s roots in DIY and individualism, buying your entire wardrobe from a store like Hot Topic is often frowned upon.
Ubergoth is a title for a person who dresses to the nines in Goth wear – we’re talking latex and platform boots – just to go to the supermarket. The term is derivative of the German word “Uber” meaning above or over. The term is often used as a joke, rather than an insult.
How many of these Goth in-jokes did you know? Do you have any pieces of Goth slang that we missed? Let us know!