Entertainment The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented  

Lisa Waugh
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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
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
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
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
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
Surfing the Crimson Wave
When a girl, or group of girls, is on her period. 

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Betty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Betty
Very attractive woman, calling to mind Betty Grable or Betty Rubble.

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Monet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Monet
From far away, the person looks pretty good. Up close? Big ol' mess.

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Hello! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hello!
Seriously. Can you not even recognize me in this moment right now? 

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Chin Pubes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Chin Pubes
Sparse facial hair.

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Generic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Generic
The “basic b*tch” of the ‘90s.

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Totally Buggin’ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Totally Buggin’
Completely surprised by a situation or turn of events. 

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Classic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Classic
Something old timey. Like from the ‘70s.

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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
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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Cake Boy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Cake Boy
A gay person. 

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Hymenally Challenged is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hymenally Challenged
A virgin.

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Laced is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Laced
Really high.

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Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Baldwin
A measure of hot maleness in the ‘90s.

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Barney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Barney
Average guy. Generic. 

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Herbal Refreshment is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Herbal Refreshment
Smoking marijuana. 

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Hagsville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Hagsville
She’s toe-up beyond repair. 

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Spark a Doobie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Spark a Doobie
Light a marijuana cigarette.

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Sporaticus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Sporaticus
Cher’s way of saying "Spartacus."

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Snaps is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Snaps
Deserving credit for something. Less cool people said, “props.”

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Audi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Audi
I’m leaving now.

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Sporadic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Words That Clueless Totally Invented
Sporadic
Every now and again.