HThe 1980s brought upon a new style, language, and just a way of life: the Valley Girl.
The term ‘Valley Girl’ originated in the 1970s, but was at its peak in the 1980s and it referred to a socio-economic class of middle and upper-class white women living in the San Fernando Valley, California. Over time, the traits and behaviors of Valley Girls represented a bunch of spoiled, ditzy girls most interested in shopping, appearance, and social status. They even had their own dialect, referred to as Valleyspeak. (Ex. Like, as if!)
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In 1981 came the release of a hit single by Frank Zappa entitled “Valley Girl,” on which Moon Zappa, Frank’s 14-year-old daughter, delivered a monologue of meaningless phrases in Valleyspeak behind the music. This song made some phrases famous, like “grody to the max”. Some of the terms used by Moon were not actually Valley phrases, but were surfer terms instead (ex. “tubular” and “gnarly”). But because of the song’s popularity, some of these surfer phrases actually entered the speech of real Valley teens.
Here’s the song:
The 1995 film, Clueless, also featured a Valley Girl in the form of the main character, Cher (Alicia Silverstone)
Cher uses the words “like,” “as if,” “whatever” and “duh” a good amount throughout the film. She also refers to attractive men and women as “bettys” and “baldwins.”
Here, we get a glimpse of some of her Valleyspeak:
Valspeak is also heard quite a lot in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Wayne’s World.
There was also the movie, Valley Girl, which starred Nicholas Cage. It’s about Julie, a girl from the valley, who crosses, paths with a boy named Randy, a punk from the city. Their two worlds collide and love is found.
Now, clothing designers are even showcasing apparel following the Valley Girl trend…
Popular retailer NastyGal even did an entire Lookbook following the Valley Girl trend:
See the entire collection here!