Interesting little article from Katherine Connor Martin of the OED on the language of films in the OED. It’s no real surprise that the films with the most cites in OED are movies dealing with teenage culture with George Lucas’ American Graffiti leading the pack (11 cites). I made an attempt to discover just which terms were cited from the Lucas movie but realized that I hadn’t a clue how to search by source (Under Sources OED lists only the top 1000). Is there any way to do it?
From the article, on Bill Murray and toast.
Not every notable utterance in a film actually appears in the script. It is to the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters that we owe the menacing potential of the word toast, n.1 (Additions, December 2002). The memorable line, spoken by Bill Murray as he prepares to incinerate a baddie with a laser, is ‘this chick is toast.’ That line was ad-libbed; the closest thing in the script is the less memorable turn of phrase, ‘I’m gonna turn this guy into toast.’