Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s seminal observation on popular girls in high school that made stars out of Alicia Silverstone (remember those Aerosmith videos?) and Paul Rudd (Ant Man), is 20 years old! The highschool comedy about Cher and her friends is really an updated version of Jane Austen’s Emma, if you can believe it, and spawned a lexicon that’s since made it into 90s slang (and beyond!). Here, we explain some of the best of them:-
A Monet is something or someone you think is attractive until you come face-to-face with it.
Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a Monet?
Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.
Cher: Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. ’cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin’.
Someone who needs a wardrobe makeover.
Cher: Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?
A hot guy. Alec, Stephen Baldin and William Baldwin were considered extremely hot at the time.
Cher: OK, OK, so he’s kind of a baldwin, but what would he want with Tai?
5) Boy Time
A guy’s timing is totally whacked.
Cher: Christian said he’d call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday.”
Someone who’s a virgin
Tai: Cher, you’re a virgin?
Cher: You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Dionne: Besides, the PC term is “hymenally challenged.”
When you say someone’s a Betty, you mean she’s hot.
Cher: “Wasn’t my mom a total Betty? She died when I was young, a freak accident during a routine liposuction.”
Audi, as in, “I’m audi here”, not the car.
Dionne: “I do not wear polyester hair, OK? Unlike some people I know like Shawana.”
Cher: “Dee, I’m Audi.”
9) Cake Boy
A gay man.
Murray: “Your man Christian is a cake boy!”
Cher/Dionne: “A what?”
Murray: “He’s a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde–reading, Streisand-ticket-holding friend of Dorothy. Know what I’m saying?”
Having sex. A lot of it.
Cher: “Here’s the 411 on Mr. Hall: he’s single, he’s 47, and he earns minor duckets for a thankless job. What that man needs is a good healthy boinkfest.”