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Thread #106157   Message #2190490
Posted By: Azizi
10-Nov-07 - 10:51 AM
Thread Name: Cheerleader Cheers
Subject: RE: Cheerleader Cheers
Another apparently popular cheer from the Bring It On movie series is "Like Totally". In the "Like Totally" cheers, the main character of the movie uses Valley girl speech patterns. The words of the cheer reflect the stereotype of the vain and "intellectually incurious" Valley girl. provides some information and examples of Valley Girl talk. The introduction to that site reads

"Like, I'm so sure. If you don't even know how to talk like a valley girl you totally have to learn. Duh. It came from Southern California and is lovingly known as "Valspeak." If you need to try it on for size, pop in some chewing gum, bleach your hair, grab some bottled water and chill."

Among the instructions that site gives for speaking like a Valley girl is to "Use the words "totally" or "way" in place of the words "very," "really" or anywhere in the sentence where it can add some emphasis. For example, "The milk is way creamy and is way too grodie to drink."


Probably the most popular example of this type of speech in a song is "Valley Girl". The song and lyrics are by Frank Zappa, and was performed by Zappa's 14-year old daughter Moon Unit, recorded on the album "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch" released May 1982. Here's a portion of the lyrics:

Valley Girl
She's a Valley Girl
Valley Girl
She's a Valley Girl
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
And there is no cure
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
And there is no cure
Like my mother is like a total space cadet (Valley Girl)
She like makes me do the dishes and (Valley Girl)
CLEAN the cat box (Valley Girl)
I am sure
That's like GROSS (Valley Girl)
BARF OUT! (Valley Girl)
OH MY GOD (Valley Girl
Uh-huh (Valley Girl)
My name?
My name is Ondrya Wolfson (Valley Girl)
Uh -huh
That's right, Ondrya (Valley Girl)
Uh -huh...
I know (Valley Girl)
It's like...
I do not talk funny...
I'm sure (Valley Girl)
Whatsa matter with the way I talk? (Valley Girl)
I am a VAL, I know
But I live in like in a really good part of Encino so
it's okay (Valley Girl)
So like, I don't know
I'm like freaking out totally
Oh my God!


The complete lyrics to "Valley Girl" can be found at

Here's a comment that was included on that same Valley Girl song website.

In "Like, totally, the end of one mall's era " CNN April 15, 1999, Anne McDermott wrote the following: "There was a time when the Sherman Oaks Galleria was the most famous mall in America, at least among those of a certain age. They loved the Galleria and loved that it was mentioned in the 1982 Frank and Moon Unit Zappa hit single, "Valley Girl." And why not? The Galleria was widely considered to be the birthplace of the "Val" (as Valley Girls would refer to each other in a kind of shorthand). It all began in the fall of 1980. That's when the Galleria opened in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, better known locally as "the valley." Back then, the three-story, skylighted, enclosed structure was considered the epitome of all that was cool in mass consumption. Teens discovered the Galleria and quickly packed the place. It had everything: trendy boutiques, Pac-Man game booths and what passed for exotic fare at the food arcade (yes, even hot dogs on a stick). Plenty of the mall rats enjoying all this were boys, but, for some reason, it was the girls who were noticed. And somehow, someone, somewhere, thought to call them "Valley Girls." Like, totally, a lingo To be called a "Valley Girl" was not exactly a compliment. It conjured up images of vacuous, giggly girls with lots of time on their hands and a bizarre language on their lips. Moon Zappa captured a lot of that talk in 'Valley Girl,' the song she wrote and recorded with her father. Naturally enough, she learned her Val-Speak at the Galleria, where she got to know a lot of Vals. Moon Zappa satirized the culture with lyrics that emphasized the air-headedness of Valley Girls, but in a recent interview, she said she only wrote the song so she could spend more time with her father. In those days, Frank Zappa was touring with his band nine months of the year, and Moon, then 14, simply missed her dad."


In my next post, I'll share some examples of "Like Totally" cheers that were submitted for posting on my Cocojams website.