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The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented

Updated June 26, 2019 2.9k votes 431 voters 10.6k views44 items

List RulesAll words should have been introduced to the mainstream by the movie Clueless

Clueless invented words that have been etched into the modern American lexicon. Clueless movie quotes have not only helped us convey our thoughts in the most accurate way, they have also redeemed Alicia Silverstone’s career when we forgot how utterly charming she was as Cher. This cult movie hit of the ‘90s was responsible for all manner of new terms in the English language and defined the way '90s kids spoke. But what are the best words from Clueless?

Clueless invented new words and further solidified existing words and phrases of the cultural climate. Between the odd “dope” and “phat,” Clueless strove to “totally” go where no “Betty” had gone before. Clueless invented words that took up residence in our every day speak and have been handed down and modified by the next generation. “Totally” became “totes.” And “generic” became “basic b*tch.” One little film had all that power. While the 1995 film pulled from many eras, including “ring-a-ding kid” from the ’60s, writer and director Amy Heckerling made sure that she wove a rich tapestry of SoCal speak and moved Valley talk a few more miles down the road.

Clueless’s totally funny vocabulary meshed together pop culture references from TV, film, and the random slang that bounced from Beverly Hills to Encino. Sure, some of the terms didn’t survive because no one calls someone a “Baldwin” these days unless they’re shoving paparazzi. But Heckerling knew her audience and was tuned into the mind of the teenager and the way harsh melodrama of high school.

Which Clueless invented words or Clueless movie quotes do you still use? Totally upvote your favorites and try not to be tardy. Because Travis still owns that spot.
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    As If

    This scenario is highly implausible. The “naw” of its time.
  • 2
    127
    24

    Whatever

    You have been dismissed. Best used with the with the "W" hand signal.
  • 3
    109
    25

    Totally

    Fully encompasses the fact that something was completely accomplished. 
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    94
    21

    Way Harsh

    The situation has now surpassed a normal level of harsh.
  • 5
    86
    21

    Hello!

    Seriously. Can you not even recognize me in this moment right now? 
  • 6
    88
    27

    Surfing the Crimson Wave

    When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period. 
  • 7
    71
    25

    Monet

    From far away, the person looks pretty good. Up close? Big ol' mess.
  • 8
    70
    28

    Betty

    Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.
  • 9
    64
    27

    Totally Buggin’

    Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events. 
  • 10
    51
    17

    Classic

    Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.
  • 11
    50
    21

    Sporadic

    Every now and again. 
  • 12
    50
    23

    Chin Pubes

    Sparse facial hair.
  • 13
    47
    23

    Generic

    The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.
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    44
    22

    You’re a Virgin Who Can’t Drive

    Way harsh way to be a mean girl in high school. Way harsh, Tai.
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    45
    26

    Cake Boy

    A gay person. 
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    40
    23

    Snaps

    Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”
  • 17
    35
    18

    Laced

    Really high.
  • 18
    33
    17

    Herbal Refreshment

    Marijuana. Mary Jane. Chronic. The stank.
  • 19
    38
    24

    Audi

    I’m leaving now.
  • 20
    33
    18

    Barney

    Average guy. Generic. 
  • 21
    35
    21

    Hagsville

    She’s toe-up beyond repair. 
  • 22
    32
    20

    Shame Spiral

    Totally not even close to feeling less shame about this situation.
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    29
    18

    Twin Peaks Experience

    You’re having a bizarre and unpleasant time. 
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    34
    25

    Sporaticus

    Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."
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    37
    29

    Baldwin

    A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.
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List Rules: All words should have been introduced to the mainstream by the movie Clueless