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Valley girl can refer to: Valley girl, a rich female resident of the San Fernando Valley Valley Girl (film), a film from 1983 Valley Girl (song), a Frank Zappa song Category: ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...

Origins and usage

The term originally referred specifically to affluent teens and young women living in upscale parts of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California. San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


During the 1980s and 1990s, the term morphed into a somewhat caricatured stereotype of such young women, typically characterized by a "ditzy" or "airheaded" personality, and unapologetically "spoiled" behavior that showed more interest in shopping, personal appearance, and social status, rather than in intellectual development or personal accomplishment. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection) A caricature of film comedian Charlie Chaplin. ... For other uses, see Stereotype (disambiguation). ... Airhead is a popular English-language term for a foolish, slow-witted, or shallow person that has been current since the 1960s, though the term became more popular in the 1980s. ... Shopping is the examining of goods or services from retailers with intent to purchase. ... Features such as a symmetrical face, full lips, and low waist-hip ratio, are commonly considered physically attractive when part of a female, because they are thought to indicate physical health and high fertility to a potential mate. ... Social status is the honor or prestige attached to ones position in society (ones social position). ...


The Valley Girl was prototypically a blonde-haired (though not necessarily naturally blonde) Caucasian. But the "Val" has evolved along with demographic changes, and many young women of different ethnicities have become part of the trend. A typical Valley Girl is usually considered to be attractive and sexually promiscuous. One of the worlds most famous blondes Marilyn Monroe, who was in fact a natural brunette Blond (feminine, blonde) is a hair colour found in certain mammals characterised by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin and higher levels of the pale pigment phæomelanin, in common with red... Promiscuity is the practice of making relatively unselective, casual and indiscriminate choices. ...


Sociolect

Main article: Valspeak

A certain sociolect associated with valley girls, referred to as “Valspeak”, became common during the 1980s. From 1980-1984, “Valspeak” grew in use by both boys and girls. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In linguistics, a sociolect is the language spoken by a social group, social class or subculture. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Qualifiers such as “like”, “way”, “totally” and “duh” were interjected in the middle of phrases and sentences as emphasizers. Narrative sentences were often spoken as though they were questions (high rising terminal). The word like has various uses:- Word history As preposition or adjective, it comes from the Middle English like meaning similar, which in turn comes from Anglo-Saxon gelīc and Old Norse líkr. ... Look up duh in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The High Rising Terminal (HRT), also known as uptalk, upspeak or High Rising Intonation (HRI), is a feature of some accents of English where statements have a rising intonation pattern in the final syllable or syllables of the utterance. ...


Examples:

  • As if – lit. ‘as if’ except it does not use a subject; expresses disgust
  • Whatever!- short for ‘whatever you say’; sarcastic comeback
  • Barf me out! - ‘So disgusting it makes me want to vomit’
  • Fer shur – lit. ‘For sure’
  • Betch – lit. ‘Bitch’
  • Totally – ‘I agree’ or ‘completely’
  • Gag me with a spoon! - ‘you are so disgusting that you make me want to vomit’
  • Tubular – Excellent, perfect, as in a (surfable) wave which forms a tube
  • Grody to the max! – ‘As gross as he/she/it can be’
  • Like, oh my God – can be used many ways; expresses shock
  • I’m suuure! or I'm so sure – ‘I'm absolutely positive’, but usually used sarcastically
  • Tripendicular! - It can either mean 'awesome' or a drug high.
  • Totally Radical, Dude! – ‘That is incredible, man’
  • You are totally sluggin'! – ‘You are really cool’
  • Betty - An attractive woman.
  • Don't Have a Cow - Don't freak out.

A comeback may mean: A retort, often intended as an insult. ...

Preventing the Val

  • There is some similarity between the phenomenon of a Valley Girl in the United States and the concept of a Sloane Ranger in the United Kingdom, in particular the self-confidence, the emphasis on personal appearance and social standing among a narrow group of peers, and the lack of interest in more worldly issues.
  • Similar phenomena were registered around the globe in books, movies and on television. In diverse places such as Russia, Japan, Ethiopia, and Pakistan, parent movements and religious organizations were formed against this culture.[citation needed] Specifically, the upward inflection sentence was the most marked symptom of the global Valley Girl, marking these girls as part of the new global culture, saved mostly for the privileged.[citation needed]

The term Sloane Ranger (often pluralised to just Sloanes or Sloanies) originally referred to the young upper- and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London. ... The High Rising Terminal (HRT), also known as uptalk, upspeak or High Rising Intonation (HRI), is a feature of some accents of English where statements have a rising intonation pattern in the final syllable or syllables of the utterance. ...

"Valley Girl" in pop culture

Music

In 1982, composer Frank Zappa released the album Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch. The album featured the single "Valley Girl", with his 14 year old daughter Moon Unit (who supplied Frank with much of the content[citation needed]) speaking typical "Valley girl" phrases. Zappa intended to lampoon the image, but the single also popularized the valley girl stereotype nationwide. There was a significant increase in the "Valspeak" slang usage, whether ironically spoken or not. See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch is an album by Frank Zappa, released in May 1982 and digitally remastered in 1991. ... Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967, in New York City) is the oldest child of late American rock star Frank Zappa and Gail Sloatman; she goes by the name Moon Zappa. ...


Film

Movie poster for Valley Girl (1983)

In 1983, the feature film Valley Girl was released starring actor Nicolas Cage and actress Deborah Foreman. Image File history File links Valley Girl movie poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Valley Girl movie poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy movie, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, E.G. Daily, Cameron Dye and Joyce Hyser. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Deborah Foreman in the 1980s Deborah Lynn Foreman (born October 12, 1962) is an American actress. ...


Besides featuring the up-and-coming actor Cage, the movie contains a soundtrack of New Wave music which was at the peak of its popularity at that time. New Wave was a pop and rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the early-to-mid 1980s. ...


The film's producers had initially approached Frank Zappa to ask him if they could make a film based on his song. Zappa refused, and the filmmakers wound up making the film anyway. Zappa attempted to sue over the obvious capitalization on his song, but the lawsuit was thrown out.[citation needed] Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, musician, and film director. ...


The 1995 movie Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as a Valley Girl. Clueless is a 1995 comedy film loosely based on Emma by Jane Austen, but set in a Beverly Hills high school. ... Alicia Silverstone, (born October 4, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model. ...


Stores

Australian women's fashion store, Valley Girl, uses the image of the valley girl to its advantage. It stocks fashionable and affordable clothing for women under 30 years in age.


United Kingdom

In England the term Valley girl is used to refer to a stereotype of a resident of the county of Essex. The stereotype is one of a sexually promiscuous teenager or woman of less than average intelligence. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other meanings of Essex, see Essex (disambiguation). ...


In Wales, the term Valley girl is used to refer to a girl from the valleys (an area in South Wales running north from Cardiff and Newport). The stereotype is similar to the Essex stereotype, but has connotations of inbreeding, similar to the concept of a yokel or a hillbilly. This article is about the country. ...


The American concept of the Valley Girl is similar to the UK's Sloane Ranger & Essex Girl stereotypes. The term Sloane Ranger (often pluralised to just Sloanes or Sloanies) originally referred to the young upper- and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London. ... Ace lace: a mini in broderie anglaise. ...


Texas

In Texas, the term "Valley Girl" is often colloquially used to refer to a woman from the Rio Grande Valley, the far southern area around Brownsville. The term, of course, became more popular when the California term gained nationwide attention (i.e. because of the contrast with this term). Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Rio Grande Valley is an area located in the southernmost tip of Texas. ... Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas, United States, the southernmost city in Texas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


California

In Southern California, the term "Valley Girl" refers to girls from the San Fernando Valley. In context it is associated with a spoiled "white" girl from an upper-middle class background who socializes with other "valley girls" in cliques. In regions neighboring the San Fernando Valley, people will often call a girl a "valley girl" or tell her to "go back to the valley" if she is showing signs of materialism and/or ditzy behavior. This article is about the region of Southern California. ... San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... For clique in graph theory, see Clique (graph theory) For clique in professional wrestling, see Clique (professional wrestling) For The Clique, the group of Victorian artists see The Clique A common feature in cliques is an Outcast, the party in which are shunned, ostracized and left out. ...


See also

Airhead is a popular English-language term for a foolish, slow-witted, or shallow person that has been current since the 1960s, though the term became more popular in the 1980s. ... The easy term for bimbo is a female airhead. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ace lace: a mini in broderie anglaise. ... Julie Brown as Tammi Tyler in Strip Mall (2000) Julie Ann Brown (born August 31, 1962) is an American actor, stand-up comic, comedic singer-songwriter and screenwriter. ... Kogal (コギャル kogyaru in romaji (romanised Japanese), lit. ... Ganguro ) is an alternative fashion trend among young Japanese women which peaked in popularity around the year 2000, but remains evident today. ... Paninaro (plural: Paninari) is a subculture born in Milan, Italy during the early 1980s at a fast food restaurant called Al Panino (in English: At the Sandwich). ... San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... The term Sloane Ranger (often pluralised to just Sloanes or Sloanies) originally referred to the young upper- and upper-middle-class men and women living in West London. ... Yuppies (young urban professionals, or less commonly young upwardly-mobile professionals[1]) is a market segment whose consumers are characterized as self-reliant, financially secure individualists. ... Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American celebrity and socialite. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Nicole Camille Richie (born September 21, 1981) is an American socialite, actress, author, and singer. ...

External links

  • The Evolution of the Valley Girl

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