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Since the show started, we've heard names like Walkers, Bitters, Dead Heads and some others I don't recall, when referring to the zombies. But, one thing no one has called them are Zombies.

I would have thought that the man at the CDC would have referred to them or their condition by using the term Zombie, but he doesn't (I have to re watch to confirm this).

But by-and-large, the term is avoided. Why is the "Zombie" never used in the show?

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Related (maybe even duplicate): movies.stackexchange.com/q/15021/49. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 28 at 19:06

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This is taken from an interview on thewrap.com:

Robert Kirkman reveals why zombies don't actually exist on "Walking Dead"

So, why are the living dead referred to as "walkers" instead of zombies on "The Walking Dead"?

One of the pleasures of watching AMC's new "Walking Dead" aftershow — "Talking Dead" — is the chance for fans to get answers to questions like that one. "Walking Dead" comics creator and TV series producer Robert Kirkman answered it on Sunday.

In the world of "The Walking Dead," he said, the concept of zombies doesn't exist.

"One of the things about this world is that people don't know how to shoot people in the head at first, and they're not familiar with zombies, per se," Kirkman said on "Talking Dead." "This isn't a world the (George) Romero movies exist in, for instance … because we don't want to portray it that way, we felt like having them be saying 'zombie' all the time would harken back to all of the zombie films which we, in the real world, know about.

"So by calling them something different, we're kind of giving a nod to … these people don't understand the situation. They've never seen this in pop culture, this is a completely new thing for them."

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When citing other sources, please provide the link. –  Vedran Šego Feb 28 at 19:23
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This makes sense and answers another question I had about if in their universe they knew what zombies were. –  DustinDavis Feb 28 at 21:37
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So this is a parallel universe then... kind of SF ;-) –  vonjd Mar 1 at 9:40
    
That's strange, I'm reading edition 12 of the comic books right now,and they've been referred to as zombies twice already. –  Rob Mar 3 at 20:27
    
@Rob - Dunno, brotha. Maybe they changed it in the comic book? I've never read any of them so I can't speak to that, but the quote above came straight from the author's mouth on a live TV show. –  Johnny Bones Mar 3 at 21:54

The term 'Zombie' is definitely used in the comic books. I just so happen to be reading them at the moment, and in the last 10 or so pages of edition 12 they have been referred to as zombies twice. I only really noticed after reading this question, so it's quite possible they've been called that from the beginning.

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Keep in mind the TV show only loosely follows the comic book and the further it progresses, the bigger the divergence. –  DustinDavis Mar 4 at 14:45

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