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The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented

Updated June 26, 2019 3.1k votes 456 voters 11.6k 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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    This scenario is highly implausible. The “naw” of its time.
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    You have been dismissed. Best used with the with the "W" hand signal.
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    Fully encompasses the fact that something was completely accomplished. 
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    The situation has now surpassed a normal level of harsh.
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    Seriously. Can you not even recognize me in this moment right now? 
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    When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period. 
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    Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.
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    From far away, the person looks pretty good. Up close? Big ol' mess.
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    Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.
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    Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events. 
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    Every now and again. 
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    The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.
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    Sparse facial hair.
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    Way harsh way to be a mean girl in high school. Way harsh, Tai.
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    Marijuana. Mary Jane. Chronic. The stank.
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    A gay person. 
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    Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”
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    Really high.
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    Average guy. Generic. 
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    You’re having a bizarre and unpleasant time. 
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    A virgin.
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    I’m leaving now.
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    She’s toe-up beyond repair. 
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    Totally not even close to feeling less shame about this situation.
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    A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.
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List Rules: All words should have been introduced to the mainstream by the movie Clueless