Goths, I love 'em! I even used to be one for a bit (well, I was a Didi-Goth for at least 6 months). But there's one thing that troubles me about our cheery friends: what to do they do in summer? All that makeup, long black leather and rubber must get very sticky. I think we should show our respect for these poor unfortunates, struggling to stand out from the vanilla crowd despite blazing temperatures and sunshine that puts the rest of us in shorts and vest tops. Join me in celebrating the majesty of the Goth, who, eschewing any practicality whatever, still has the commitment to don a full length leather trenchcoat, stupid New Rock boots, and half a Superdrug counter of makeup. All hail the Hot Goth!


Goth Classification



Many of our beloved colonial cousins have asked "What is a Didi-Goth?" The excellent vampirefreaks.com has a run-down of the main Goth classes here, but they do seem to miss the definition of a Didi-Goth. I've found the original interpretation:

Didi-Goth  /gɒθ/ [after Diddy]–noun
1. one of a Teutonic people who in the 3rd to 5th centuries invaded and settled in parts of the Roman Empire, but left after two weeks as their visa had expired.
2. a young or fledgling Goth, too depressed to consider him/herself part of the rest of school, but too happy to become full immersed in Goth culture. Writes particularly awful poetry, usually about how no-one understands them, or why the boy in Year 12 won't snog them.

Origin:
bef. 900; ME Gothe (after G. Chaucer): "There was a Wif of Bathe, she was-a gat toothed and prood, black did she wear, and depressive; yet Goth she was-a not, morever a Didi, owning nought but one Cure album, and that alone being a Greateste-Hits."
(Note: best read in Chaucerian English for full effect; if you are unfamiliar with the style then I commend Bill Bailey to you.

22 comments:

Diane said...

lmao this really got me laughing! esp about the greatest hits cure album!

Dracenea said...

cute :)

Part of being Goth should be never having to pigeon-hole ourselves. Oh well.

Daisy said...

We called them "gothlings."

Anonymous said...

We call those Baby Goths in these parts.

dom Kaos said...

Gothlets? Gothlings?

dom Kaos said...

...and if the little darlings are now referred to as "Didi-Goths", then what on earth is an Emo?

GothsInHotWeather said...

Emo's are too easy a target - I'll save that for the next blog ;)

DJ Consumptiva said...

Ah, yes, I recall learning that passage when we studied The Canterbury Apocrypha in English Lit...later that summer, we found our teacher in a steaming puddle of latex and black lace. So tragic!

Anonymous said...

We mostly called them "baby-goths"

Anonymous said...

Kindergoths in foggy SF (perfect goth breeding grounds)..

GothsInHotWeather said...

Don't argue with the Queen's English. Didi-Goths they are and Didi-Goths they shall always be. Although Kindergoths is win.

Saffrongraphics said...

FWIW...

Hereabouts (South Island, New Zealand) I often hear the term "Gothlings". They're not Emo, but are a tad young and not quite as hardcore as an older "I was a goth in the 80s and 90s" goth.

T. said...

LOVE your homage to Chaucer. Brilliant.

(or is that too upbeat, the word homage?)

Anonymous said...

Surely that's just an emo?

Saint Fnordius said...

Note that it seems "Didigoth" is not the same creature as a "Perky Goth". The former is more of a germinating stage, still in its infancy. The latter is a fully developed form, one that will do the PPIB* appearance but still cannot hide her spunky, unicorn-loving demeanour.

Often, the Perky Goth in later years may mature into the Weekend Goth, the office worker who dons the Goth look only when it fits her calendar.

*Pale Person In Black.

GothsInHotWeather said...

Perky Goth! I like it. Add that one to the list Igor...

Anonymous said...

The "greateste hits" got me (at work, so I had to supress laughter). Love the Chaucer thing.

The Impressive Clergyman said...

I shall do nothing of the sort and don't call me Igor. Do Perky Goths end up being Happy Goths? Or does all that Perkiness end up making them Avril Lavigne?

iio said...

Hi, the word "didi" is from old Norfolk, meaning small or little.

For example, I went to school with a Didi Venables, my friends daughter is called Didi, because she is smaller than her older brother.

Thank you for a great website.

Regards,

An Old Retired Goth from the early 80's.

The Steampunk said...

We have alot of glitter-goths in these parts...
...No relation to GARY glitter, though...*shudder*

Morwenna said...

A Baby Bat? ^^
Love the Chaucer bit, laughed a lot!

Anonymous said...

In eighties Essex we called them mini-goths

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