Style And Language Clueless

Style and Language #

 The language is designed to appeal to young people. so it is: casual, informal, intimate


Short cellular phone messages – Cher and Dionne walking down the same corridor conduct a discussion about their respective grades on their cell phones.


Speeches – casual, clichéd, grammatically challenged


Sentences -  truncated, ellipsis, gibberish?

Slang – secret argot: “scheming Betties, persistent Barneys,  loser loadies, go postal, total baldwins

Cher:…… It is one thing to spark up a doobie and get laced at parties, but it is quite another to be fried all day.

*“As if”  * used frequently (a signature phrase) – indicates that appearance is not the same as reality – one of the main assertions of Emma and the movie, Clueless.

Cher: I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies'.

Weasel words:  extreme euphemisms:

Dionne: “That was a stop sign!

Cher:     “I totally paused.”

Cynical*: *

Cher: *Until mankind is peaceful enough not to have violence on the news, there’s no point in taking it out of shows that need it for entertainment value.
***Both clever and witty: **


On Amber’s attractiveness, Cher replies:


**“No, she’s a Monet; looks great from a distance but all spotty close up”**.^(1.)

Monet belongs to the post impressionist school of French painters
who painted in a spontaneous and luminous style with pure or unmixed
colours.  Some in the school used Pointillism – a series of pairs of
opposite dots of colour spectrum which from a distance blend in a
process of “optical mixture”.

On Tai to Elton: “She looks like one of those Botticelli chicks”

(S*xually attractive -  voluptuous)  For more info go to:



Innuendo - Sexual banter:

Amber*: Ms. Stoeger, my plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.
Dionne: Well, there goes your social life *