A sociolect associated with valley girls termed "Valleyspeak" spread across the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, heavily populating high-school teenage female slang throughout. Qualifiers such as "like", "whatever", "way", "as if!", "totally", and "duh" were 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.
In 1982, composer Frank Zappa released the albumShip 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. There was a significant increase in the "Valspeak" slang usage, whether ironically spoken or not.