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The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented

Updated June 26, 2019 3k votes 439 voters 11.2k 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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    Granola Breath

    Tree hugger. Liberal-minded college student. 
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    Sporaticus

    Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."
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    Loadie

    One who partakes in copious amounts of herbal refreshment. Stoner.
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    Spark a Doobie

    Light a marijuana cigarette.
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    Boinkfest

    An orgy. Mostly occurs in the imagination of high school Barneys. 
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    Post-Adolescent Idealistic Phase

    The dreamer phase. World peace? As if. 
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    Jeepin’

    Having sex in your vehicle.
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    Kato

    Freeloading house guest of OJ Simpson. Cher calls Josh this.
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    In on the Heavy Clambakes

    Likes to be where popular things are happening.
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    Grassy Knoll

    Quad where the Loadies smoke out. A JFK reference to where shady things happen. 
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    Crispy Seattle Weather

    The reason so much flannel is worn there. 
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    Haitians

    Silverstone mispronounced “Haitians” as Hay-tee-uns. It stayed in the film. 
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    Ring-a-ding Kid

    You are being likened to a popular Frank Sinatra album from 1961.
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    Toe Up

    Her style is busted. She needs help with her wardrobe and make-up.
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    Minor Ducats

    Former European gold coins. Useless today, but still used to pay teachers.  
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    Kvelling

    Filled with pride. Clueless didn't invent it but gave this Yiddish word some teen love. 
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    Contempo Casual

    Used to put one’s wardrobe and politics in check. 
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    Loqued Out

    When a new vehicle is tricked out.
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    Maudlin Music of the University Station

    Please stop listening to Radiohead. It's way harsh and killed the mood. 
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List Rules: All words should have been introduced to the mainstream by the movie Clueless