People don't say "boinkfest," "buggin' out" or "riding the crimson wave" anymore. We're here to change that

By Maria Yagoda
Updated April 06, 2015 09:00 PM
Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
| Credit: Paramount Pictures/Getty

This year, the iconic ’90s film Clueless – starring Alicia Silverstone in all her yellow-plaid, middle-part fabulosity – celebrates its 20th anniversary. Not only did the film set style trends for a generation of young women, but it also preposed an entirely original lexicon, including such classic expressions as “buggin’,” “riding the crimson wave,” and “jeepin’ around.”

Quite tragically, most of the slang used in Clueless is no longer used today – so we’re here to change that. Here are 11 amazing expressions from the film that we demand makes a comeback:

1. Baldwin

Definition: (adj.) A sexy or beautiful man, just like a Baldwin brother from the 1990s
Clueless Usage: “Okay, okay, so he is kind of a Baldwin.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “Liam Hemsworth is Baldwin, no doubt.”

2. Boinkfest

Definition: (n.) A satisfying sexual encounter
Clueless Usage: “Here’s the 411 on Mr. Hall: he’s single, he’s 47 and he earns minor ducats for a thankless job. What that man needs is a good, healthy boinkfest.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “I’m joining Tinder because I haven’t had a boinkfest in forever.”

3. Buggin’

Definition: (vb.) From “to bug” – freaking out or overreacting
Clueless Usage: “I said RSVP because it was a sit-down dinner. But people came that, like, did not RSVP, so I was, like, totally buggin’.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “The Internet is seriously buggin’ out over Zayn’s untimely departure from 1D.”

4. Way

Definition: (adv.) Very
Clueless Usage: “Okay, so you’re probably going, ‘Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?’ But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “Martha Stewart is way hood.” (Or even: “Martha Stewart is, just, way.)

5. Ensembly-challenged

Definition: (adv) Unfashionable
Clueless Usage: “Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly-challenged?” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “Rihanna‘s Instagram always makes me feel ensembly-challenged.”

6. Boy time

Definition: (n.) The frustratingly long time it takes for boys to respond to something
Clueless Usage: “Christian said he’d call the next day, but in boy time that meant Thursday.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “Justin Bieber said he would start getting his act together, but in boy time, that means five years from now.”

7. Monet

Definition: (n.) Someone or something that looks good from far away, but up close, is “a big old mess”
Clueless Usage: “She’s a full-on Monet.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “I look like such a Monet when I wear heavy foundation.”

8. Surf the crimson wave

Definition: (vb.) To menstruate
Clueless Usage: “I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies’.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “I threw a temper tantrum at Chipotle yesterday because they didn’t have guac and I was surfing the crimson wave, so way moody.”

9. Jeepin’

Definition: (vb.) From “to cheap” – cheating on a sexual partner Clueless Usage: “Where you been all weekend? What’s up? You been jeepin’ around behind my back?” –Murray
Proposed Modern Usage: “French politicians always be jeepin’ around.”

10. Chin pubes

Definition: (n.) Sparse goatee hair
Clueless Usage: “Oh, that’s good. You don’t want to be the last one at the coffee house without chin pubes.” –Cher
Proposed Modern Usage: “We’re not feeling Justin Bieber’s chin pubes.”

11. As if!

Definition: (exp.) That will not happen (Also see: “Dream on!”)
Clueless Usage: “As if!” –Cher, several times
Proposed Modern Usage: “Hey, wanna come over and watch the new season of Survivor with me?” “As if!”

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