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Buffy, The OC spread Valley Girl-speak

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 8th 2006 10:02AM
Here's a crazy notion: teen-age girls are the most powerful force in the English language. Like, that's totally frightening. It's according to the whiz kids over at the University of Toronto's Linguistics department. They recently published research that shows young women pick up on new slang faster than young men. And, shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The O.C. are helping to spread the California Valley Girl lingo across the globe. And it is so much more than just Chrismukkah. One of the researchers says, "Valley Girl has gone beyond a fad and is now rooted in different forms of English around the world." Holy hell. Remember when it was funny to say "as if" and call someone a "Monet", thanks to the movie Clueless?

Here are some words that will help you speak like a teen-age girl (or to one):

  • Muffin Top: the belly that hangs over the jeans
  • Exogal: skinny
  • Truthiness: making statements you believe to be true, but may not be (try using that one in a sentence)
  • Whale Tail: thong above the waistband
  • Prostitot: child dressed provocatively
  • Chickenhead: ugly girl
  • Squares: cigarettes
  • Creepin' and falsin': cheating and lying
  • Lollipalooza: group of cute boys, also known as lollipops

Know of any other slang? I'm rather fond of telling people to "Suck It" lately, and I noticed that Jordan on Scrubs used the same phrase last week.

[Via Whedonesque]

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Annie W.

Well, we do use "muffin top" but that's to describe a girl who's wearing a bra that's waaay too tight for her (so that she's got, like, poppin'-fresh muffins where the bra can't cover). Oh, and the word we use for girls with their thongs out is "gross".

Haha, goodness... I've never heard any teenagers at my school speak that way ("muffin top" doesn't count)... And if I did, I'd probably give them a good thwap on the back of their head or call them a narc and run away.

We like using Internet slang... "Oh em gee shift one one!" or "Double-you tee eff?"

January 08 2006 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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