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.
Granola BreathTree hugger. Liberal-minded college student.
SporaticusCher’s way of saying "Spartacus."
LoadieOne who partakes in copious amounts of herbal refreshment. Stoner.
Spark a DoobieLight a marijuana cigarette.
BoinkfestAn orgy. Mostly occurs in the imagination of high school Barneys.
Post-Adolescent Idealistic PhaseThe dreamer phase. World peace? As if.
Jeepin’Having sex in your vehicle.
KatoFreeloading house guest of OJ Simpson. Cher calls Josh this.
In on the Heavy ClambakesLikes to be where popular things are happening.
Grassy KnollQuad where the Loadies smoke out. A JFK reference to where shady things happen.
Crispy Seattle WeatherThe reason so much flannel is worn there.
HaitiansSilverstone mispronounced “Haitians” as Hay-tee-uns. It stayed in the film.
Ring-a-ding KidYou are being likened to a popular Frank Sinatra album from 1961.
Toe UpHer style is busted. She needs help with her wardrobe and make-up.
Minor DucatsFormer European gold coins. Useless today, but still used to pay teachers.
KvellingFilled with pride. Clueless didn't invent it but gave this Yiddish word some teen love.
Contempo CasualUsed to put one’s wardrobe and politics in check.
Loqued OutWhen a new vehicle is tricked out.
Maudlin Music of the University StationPlease stop listening to Radiohead. It's way harsh and killed the mood.