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 This scenario is highly implausible. The “naw” of its time.
Whatever You have been dismissed. Best used with the with the "W" hand signal.
Totally Fully encompasses the fact that something was completely accomplished.
Surfing the Crimson Wave When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period.
Way Harsh The situation has now surpassed a normal level of harsh.
Betty Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.
Hello! Seriously. Can you not even recognize me in this moment right now?
Monet From far away, the person looks pretty good. Up close? Big ol' mess.
Generic The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.
Chin Pubes Sparse facial hair.
Classic Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.
Cake Boy A gay person.
You’re a Virgin Who Can’t Drive Way harsh way to be a mean girl in high school. Way harsh, Tai.
Laced Really high.
Hagsville She’s toe-up beyond repair.
Totally Buggin’ Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events.
Sporaticus Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."
Baldwin A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.
Hymenally Challenged A virgin.
Herbal Refreshment Smoking marijuana.
Barney Average guy. Generic.
Spark a Doobie Light a marijuana cigarette.
Audi I’m leaving now.
Sporadic Every now and again.
Loadie One who partakes in copious amounts of herbal refreshment. Stoner.
Snaps Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”
Granola Breath Tree hugger. Liberal-minded college student.
Shame Spiral Totally not even close to feeling less shame about this situation.
Twin Peaks Experience You’re having a bizarre and unpleasant time.
In on the Heavy Clambakes Likes to be where popular things are happening.
Herbal Refreshment Marijuana. Mary Jane. Chronic. The stank.
Ring-a-ding Kid You are being likened to a popular Frank Sinatra album from 1961.
Haitians Silverstone mispronounced “Haitians” as Hay-tee-uns. It stayed in the film.
Post-Adolescent Idealistic Phase The dreamer phase. World peace? As if.
Minor Ducats Former European gold coins. Useless today, but still used to pay teachers.
Jeepin’ Having sex in your vehicle.
Kato Freeloading house guest of OJ Simpson. Cher calls Josh this.
Boinkfest An orgy. Mostly occurs in the imagination of high school Barneys.
Grassy Knoll Quad where the Loadies smoke out. A JFK reference to where shady things happen.
Kvelling Filled with pride. Clueless didn't invent it but gave this Yiddish word some teen love.
Toe Up Her style is busted. She needs help with her wardrobe and make-up.
Crispy Seattle Weather The reason so much flannel is worn there.
Maudlin Music of the University Station Please stop listening to Radiohead. It's way harsh and killed the mood.
Loqued Out When a new vehicle is tricked out.
Contempo Casual Used to put one’s wardrobe and politics in check.