It's amazing how many slang words and trends used in everyday life come from movies and TV shows! Here are some of our favorites.
In "Mean Girls," high school student Gretchen Wieners tries to make "fetch," her homegrown substitute for "cool" or "awesome," happen. However, the adjective fails to catch on in spite of her best efforts to slip it in to casual conversation.
This nonsense word from "The Simpsons" means valid or reasonable, but it is ironically used to describe things that are illogical. For example, "Believing that the sun revolves around the Earth is a perfectly cromulent opinion to hold."
The girls of "Clueless" are responsible for quite a bit of colorful movie slang. "Give snaps" means "applaud someone for their effort."
"Heathers" is a somewhat anti-teen movie in every way with the exception of the slang it contains. "Pillow case," used interchangeably with "basket case," is one of the cute-yet-cynical slang terms cooked up by the kids of Westerburg High School.
The comedy "Pootie Tang" features a main character so cool that he speaks in nothing but nonsense syllables, yet people still flock to him. "Sadatay," one of this character's signature catch phrases, is a word that expresses satisfaction, dismay, agreement and anything in between.
Steven Soderbergh's experimental film "Schizopolis" plays quite a bit with the nature of language but never as memorably as in the subplot involving Elmo Oxygen. Oxygen speaks in nonsense phrases, which actually begins to make sense the longer you listen to him. "Nose army," for example, is Oxygen-ese for "hello."
Mary Poppins' favorite slang word is a true mouthful that never quite caught on in everyday vocabulary, but it is still instantly recognizable by anyone who grew up watching the classic children's film. According to the movie, the word is defined as "something to say when you have nothing to say."
Movie slang has helped shape the way people speak since the early days of film. Often, viewers are not even aware that they need a particular word until they hear it on the silver screen.