When you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, certain words and phrases take on new meaning. We can’t be the only ones who now shout “claimed!” at random things after Season 4, and “look at the flowers” has become TWD’s own special version of “sleeps with the fishes.”
So we’re launching a little Walking Dead glossary, in honor of the AMC show’s unique language. It’s not set in stone, but rather a living history of various stuff and thangs characters and fans say, plus pet names, and other terms that would make no sense to people without the context of the show.
Here’s a start to the Walking Dead glossary, with entries mentioned in alphabetical order.
Awwww, Noooo! — Rick Grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) Season 3 reaction when he realized Lori was dead. Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) was stone-faced but Rick crouched down, then fell apart. This can be drawled out in just about any context, including "No Walking Dead tonight? Awwww Noooooo!!!"
CORAL!!! — Any one of the many ways to spell Carl's name as shouted — repeatedly — by Rick when Papa Grimes attempts to find his son or get the kid's attention. Whenever Carl doesn’t do what he’s told, or mouths off, or any kid misbehaves or runs off, it’s fair to give them the “CORAL!!!” treatment. It used to be good to shout So-PHEE-uh but she can’t go missing anymore.
Claimed — The title of Season 4, Episode 11; it’s also what Joe’s group of Marauders announce when they want something, to avoid fights. If you are the first to point to something and say “claimed,” it’s yours, and no one should kill you for it.
Full Shane — You never want to go Full Shane. It’s too far. When the zombie apocalypse pushes you to the psychopathic edge, you’ve gone Full Shane. Carl went Full Shane. Lizzie went Full Shane. Never go Full Shane.
Gleggie — The accepted fan term for the No. 1 romance of TWD, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). The actors aren’t fans of “Gleggie” and think it’s more like a throw-up sound, but it’s too late to change it.
Little Ass-Kicker — Daryl’s name for the baby, and it’s a better one than Judith. Who cares about Carl’s old teacher? Judith Grimes may be Rick’s daughter, but Little Ass-Kicker is Shane’s baby.
Look at the Flowers — When Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) started to lose it, Mika (Kyla Kenedy) told her to look at the flowers to calm down. It’s what Carol told Lizzie to do right before she shot the kid in Season 4, Episode 14. Now “look at the flowers” is a death threat. If someone pisses you off, tell them to look at the flowers. When you’re worried a character will die, you fear they may have to look at the flowers.
Pookie — A nickname for Daryl. Only said once, on the Season 4 premiere, from Carol to Daryl. But you don’t need to say a thing like Pookie twice for it to stick.
Pudding — Carl sat on a roof and ate 112 ounces of pudding on Season 4, Episode 9. This is fair to bring up in any Carl context or when you want to reference any kind of zombie apocalypse food. Crazy Cheese and moonshine are also acceptable food and drink references.
Richonne — Richonne shippers want Rick and Michonne to get together. Team Richonne can occasionally be meant to include Carl, since Rick, Michonne and Carl have bonded into their own little family unit. Maybe Little Ass-Kicker can join them in Season 5.
Ricktator — When Rick made his speech in the Season 2 finale about this no longer being a democracy, he was declared The Ricktator. Any time Rick gets into beast mode, he’s often referred to as Ricktator, as opposed to Farmer Rick. Some fans also give Carl his own version of this, called Carlmunism.
Rickyl — A fan term for the beloved bromance of “brothers” Rick and Daryl. May their love ever blossom, but never look at the flowers.
Sashkabob — Great fan name for the fledgling romance of Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.). At this point, the shipper term is more interesting than the couple. But give them time.
Stuff and Things — What Rick was busy doing when Lori wanted to talk. What you say you’re doing when someone you don’t want to talk to tries to drag you into their drama, or just a general term for random stuff. Pronounced “thangs” with a heavy Southern accent, no matter where you are from.
Team Prison — The name for Rick’s former Atlanta and farm groups as they combined at the prison. Now we need a new name to encompass Abraham’s crew, plus Tara. Team Post-Prison? Team D.C.? Or just stick with Team Prison, since it’s understood that it’s “The Group”?
Tough Sonofabitch — High praise. Not everyone is a tough sonofabitch. On Season 4, Episode 5, Daryl said Glenn was a tough sonofabitch for surviving the flu. Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) agreed. Daryl added that Hershel was also a tough sonofabitch. Hershel agreed again. Don’t use this on just anyone.
Walkers — Team Prison’s preferred term for the undead, as opposed to biters, dead ones, roamers, lurkers, etc. No one ever says “zombies.”
You Risk Your Life — Said with Hershel’s voice in mind, with as much sincerity and passion, as referenced from his Season 4, Episode 3 speech. “You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe and you risk your life. …. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.” Can be used on anything, though, including things like “If you try to claim Carl’s tush in the finale, you risk your life,” “You piss off a Caryl shipper, you risk your life,” “You look at the flowers, you risk your life,” etc.
Any suggested additions? If so, share in the comments.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.