language The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules All 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
As If This scenario is highly implausible. The “naw” of its time.

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Whatever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Whatever You have been dismissed. Best used with the with the "W" hand signal.

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Totally is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Totally Fully encompasses the fact that something was completely accomplished. 

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Surfing the Crimson Wave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Surfing the Crimson Wave When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period. 

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Betty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Betty Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.

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Way Harsh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Way Harsh The situation has now surpassed a normal level of harsh.

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Hello! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hello! Seriously. Can you not even recognize me in this moment right now? 

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Monet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Monet From far away, the person looks pretty good. Up close? Big ol' mess.

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Generic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Generic The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.

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You’re a Virgin Who Can’t Driv... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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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Chin Pubes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Chin Pubes Sparse facial hair.

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Classic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Classic Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.

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Hymenally Challenged is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hymenally Challenged A virgin.

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Totally Buggin’ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Totally Buggin’ Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events. 

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Barney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Barney Average guy. Generic. 

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Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Baldwin A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.

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Hagsville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hagsville She’s toe-up beyond repair. 

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Sporaticus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Sporaticus Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."

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Snaps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Snaps Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”

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Laced is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Laced Really high.

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Cake Boy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Cake Boy A gay person. 

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Shame Spiral is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Shame Spiral Totally not even close to feeling less shame about this situation.

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Twin Peaks Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Twin Peaks Experience You’re having a bizarre and unpleasant time. 

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Audi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Audi I’m leaving now.

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Herbal Refreshment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Herbal Refreshment Smoking marijuana. 

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In on the Heavy Clambakes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
In on the Heavy Clambakes Likes to be where popular things are happening.

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Spark a Doobie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Spark a Doobie Light a marijuana cigarette.

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Haitians is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Haitians Silverstone mispronounced “Haitians” as Hay-tee-uns. It stayed in the film. 

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Sporadic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Sporadic Every now and again. 

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Granola Breath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Granola Breath Tree hugger. Liberal-minded college student. 

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Minor Ducats is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Minor Ducats Former European gold coins. Useless today, but still used to pay teachers.  

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Loadie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Loadie One who partakes in copious amounts of herbal refreshment. Stoner.

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Kato is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Kato Freeloading house guest of OJ Simpson. Cher calls Josh this.

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Ring-a-ding Kid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Ring-a-ding Kid You are being likened to a popular Frank Sinatra album from 1961.

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Grassy Knoll is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Grassy Knoll Quad where the Loadies smoke out. A JFK reference to where shady things happen. 

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Crispy Seattle Weather is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Crispy Seattle Weather The reason so much flannel is worn there. 

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Post-Adolescent Idealistic Pha... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Post-Adolescent Idealistic Phase The dreamer phase. World peace? As if. 

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Kvelling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Kvelling Filled with pride. Clueless didn't invent it but gave this Yiddish word some teen love. 

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Herbal Refreshment is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Herbal Refreshment Marijuana. Mary Jane. Chronic. The stank.

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Jeepin’ is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Jeepin’ Having sex in your vehicle.

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Toe Up is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Toe Up Her style is busted. She needs help with her wardrobe and make-up.

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Loqued Out is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Loqued Out When a new vehicle is tricked out.

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Boinkfest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Boinkfest An orgy. Mostly occurs in the imagination of high school Barneys. 

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Contempo Casual is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Contempo Casual Used to put one’s wardrobe and politics in check. 

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Maudlin Music of the Universit... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Maudlin Music of the University Station Please stop listening to Radiohead. It's way harsh and killed the mood.