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The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    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
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    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
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    Totally

    Fully encompasses the fact that something was completely accomplished. 
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    Way Harsh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Way Harsh

    The situation has now surpassed a normal level of harsh.
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    Surfing the Crimson Wave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Surfing the Crimson Wave

    When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period. 
  • 6
    Hello! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Hello!

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

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

    Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.
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    Totally Buggin’ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Totally Buggin’

    Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events. 
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    Classic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Classic

    Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.
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    Sporadic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Sporadic

    Every now and again. 
  • 12
    Chin Pubes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Chin Pubes

    Sparse facial hair.
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    You’re a Virgin Who Can’t Driv is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    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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    Generic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Generic

    The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.
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    Cake Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Cake Boy

    A gay person. 
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    Audi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Audi

    I’m leaving now.
  • 17
    Snaps is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Snaps

    Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”
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    Herbal Refreshment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Herbal Refreshment

    Marijuana. Mary Jane. Chronic. The stank.
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    Laced is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Laced

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

    She’s toe-up beyond repair. 
  • 21
    Barney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Barney

    Average guy. Generic. 
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    Sporaticus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Sporaticus

    Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."
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    Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Baldwin

    A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.
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    Spark a Doobie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Spark a Doobie

    Light a marijuana cigarette.
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    Twin Peaks Experience is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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    Twin Peaks Experience

    You’re having a bizarre and unpleasant time. 
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