Austin Powers glossary

June 11, 1999|By Detroit Free Press

Here's a guide to the vernacular of the International Man of Mystery and his menacing counterpart, Dr. Evil, from the book, "Shagadelically Speaking" by Lance Gould:

Aging hipster: Dr. Evil's stinging condemnation of Austin's life and lifestyle.

Bag: As in "Not my bag, baby!" Something of interest to an individual. Also, burlap bag, something in which Dr. Evil was placed and beaten with reeds when he was insolent as a child.

Bird: British slang for "babe" or "chick."

Burt Bacharach: Treacly 1960s singer-songwriter and favorite of aging hipsters who makes a cameo appearance in the movies.

Knickers: British for underwear.

Mojo: The life force, libido, the right stuff. When Austin works his mojo, he can get virtually any woman he wants.

Nehru jacket: Collarless jacket made popular in the '60s by the first prime minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and favored by Dr. Evil. Oh, behave!: Austin's multi-situational exclamation, usually used coyly to fan the flames of sexual tension, even if the tension is only imagined on his part.

Shag: British slang for sex.

Shagadelic: Excellent, wonderful.

Shaguar: Austin's Union Jack-emblazoned 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible.

Swinger: Austin's vanity license plate in the first movie and, in the sequel, his name for the Apollo 11 lunar module that he and new girlfriend Felicity take to the moon.

Thrombo: A snit, a hissy fit. As in "Don't have a thrombo!"

Underground lair: The subterranean, all-purpose laboratory-weapons storage facility-chalet of any megalomaniacal wing nut worth his salt.

Pub Date: 6/11/99

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