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.”
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
***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: http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/botticelli/
Innuendo - Sexual banter: