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The Chick Flick Vocabulary Guide

The Chick Flick Vocabulary Guide


Chick flicks aren’t for everyone. They are often referred to as girly movies, cry-fests, and self-pity parties. But if you think they’re simply superficial or vapid (refer below), you’ve pegged them all wrong. Why I love it is because even though these are girls seem bimbotic, dumb, or whatever you like to call it — Their ability to make up the most unusual and enigmatic catch-phrases will catch you off-guard I kid you not. They are like movies that open you to a whole range of vocabulary that you never knew existed (or probably never existed till they made it a thing).

I hope by the end of this you’ll see that there’s more to our beloved feminine films than meets the eye, and that you may consider yourself a grade-A William Shakespeare or rather Britney ShakeSpeare #punny

1. “Vapid” — The House Bunny

Urban dictionary definition: without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious

Remember that time when you spoke to a really shallow person on Facebook? Yes, he, and that conversation, were vapid AF.

2. “Capricious” — Clueless

Urban dictionary definition: subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic.

Am I the only one who related to Cher on a spiritual level when she lamented about an embarrassing misinterpretation of a man’s feelings towards her?

Nevermind, forget I said that. I change my mind. (Lol, how capricious of me.)

3. “Tempestuous” — 10 Things I hate about you

Urban dictionary definition: characterised by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.

You could say your mother is testing your patience with her tempestuous, yet unyielding opinions on your dating life.

4. “Sporadically” — Clueless

Urban dictionary definition: (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional:

According to Cher, attaining “buns of steel” will get easier, “just as long as we do it everyday, not just sporadically”.

5. “Bend and Snap” — Legally Blonde

Urban dictionary definition: the bend and snap is a secret move that has a 98% success rate of getting a man’s attention. When used appropriately, it has an 83% rate of return on a dinner invitation. Basically, the attractor drops something on the floor and, with legs straight, bends down to pick up the object, then snaps up, pushing her chest out.

Here’s how you do it:

“I think I dropped something on the floor that I need to pick up! So you bend… and snap.”

“Oh my God, the bend and snap! Works every time!”

6. “Fetch” — Mean Girls

Dictionary definition: A slang that means cool or awesome, from England.

Gretchen Wieners: That is so fetch!
Regina George: Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It’s not going to happen!

In my opinion, it would be so fetch if fetch actually happens.

7. “Fou” — Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Urban dictionary definition: 1. crazy; foolish. 2. drunk.

This slang isn’t used often in our time but it’s always good to expand your general knowledge. It also feels so much classier when it’s of the French persuasion.

Pull an Audrey Hepburn the next time someone picks a fight with you by politely letting her know she’s acting “tres fou”. If you can’t get her off your back, confuse her till she pisses herself off. Just don’t be caught acting any fou-er than her.

8. “Full-on monet” — Clueless

Urban dictionary definition: Someone attractive from afar, but when you get close you see that said person is not as attractive as they appeared from a distance (a.k.a. ugly up-close).

Derived from the painter Claude Oscar Monet’s artistic style.

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a monet?
Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

9. “Surf the crimson wave” — Clueless

Urban dictionary definition: to be on one’s period.

Mr. Hall: “Cher Horowitz, two tardies.”
Cher: “I object! Do you recall the dates of these alleged tardies?”
Mr. Hall: “One was last Monday!”
Cher: “Mr. Hall, I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies.”

Oh Cher.

10. “Bestride” — Mean Girls

Urban dictionary definition: 1. stand astride over; straddle. 2. dominate.

“Why, Man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus” See? Chick flicks are totally cultured. The influence of Regina George even has me quoting Shakespeare. And it was truly poetic how the class teacher translated it to “Why is he so huge and obnoxious”.

Just like how Regina George bestrode high school with her popularity, bestride the Chick Flick fandom with your new-found vocabulary.

Hui Xin Huixin is a true ENFJ. Her passions include fashion, dancing and everything design. Her latest obsession? Acai!


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