Valley girl

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Valley girl is a stereotype depicting a socio-economic class of women characterized by the colloquial California English dialect Valleyspeak and vapid materialism. The term originally referred to an ever increasing swell of semi-affluent and affluent middle-class and upper-middle class girls living in the early 1980s Los Angeles commuter towns of the San Fernando Valley.

In time the traits and behaviors spread across the United States and Canada, metamorphosing into a caricature of unapologetically spoiled "ditzes" and "airheads" more interested in shopping, personal appearance and social status than intellectual development or personal accomplishment.[1]


A sociolect associated with valley girls termed "Valleyspeak" spoke in the San Fernando valley in the 1980s. Qualifiers such as "like", "whatever", "way", "as if!", "totally" and "tubular" (a surfing term) interjected in the middle of phrases and sentences as emphasizers. Narrative sentences were often spoken as if questions using a high rising terminal. Heavily accented words were spoken with high variation in pitch combined with very open or nasal vowel sounds.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

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 speaking typical "Valley Girl" phrases. Zappa intended to lampoon the image, but the single also popularized the Valley Girl stereotype nationwide, and, to a lesser extent, throughout the English-speaking world, much to Zappa's frustration.[citation needed] There was a significant increase in the "Valspeak" slang usage, whether ironically spoken or not.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Demarest, Michael;Stanley, Alessandra (September 27, 1982(. "Living: How Toe-dully Max Is Their Valley:. Time magazine.
  2. ^ Watson, Ben (1994). Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play. Quartet Books. p. 396. ISBN 978-0-7033-7066-2. 

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