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Alma-it was southern Illinois, tiny town.

 

Of course in the 80s, gag me with a spoon = do not like

Thanks Terri.

 

If I remember right, "gag me w/ a spoon" was part of what was called "Valley speak" & it was from the way that girls in some Valley in California spoke. They were called "Valley girls." I have the impression that that's also where "like" made its way into our language so prevalently (if you, like, know what I mean).

 

And didn't Frank Zappa's daughter write a song about it!?

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Alma-it was southern Illinois, tiny town.

 

Of course in the 80s, gag me with a spoon = do not like

Thanks Terri.

 

If I remember right, "gag me w/ a spoon" was part of what was called "Valley speak" & it was from the way that girls in some Valley in California spoke. They were called "Valley girls." I have the impression that that's also where "like" made its way into our language so prevalently (if you, like, know what I mean).

 

And didn't Frank Zappa's daughter write a song about it!?

 

 

Now that you mention it, I do seem to remember a song that had Valley-speak in it. It was funny & I think I liked it. I think it's what might be called a novelty song. (I don't say that to diminish it at all. I appreciate that popular culture gets picked up in music & expressed in that kind of fun way sometimes.) I don't remember who wrote it or recorded/performed it, but it certainly seems like something that would be right down the alley of anyone from Frank Zappa's family. His daughter's name was Moon Unit, right? And his son's name is Dweezil, right? Maybe I'll look up the song.

 

I remember the 1st time I was exposed to Frank Zappa music - listening to a full album of his. What an unforgettable experience.  :lol:  Lol. Funny stuff. And different - that's for sure.

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I had forgotten all those Valley-speak expressions back then like 'tubular' 'totally tubular' & 'to the max.' (Btw, the lyrics below here extend beyond what's on the single at the song link I posted.)  "I do not talk funny...Whatsa matter with the way I talk?" Lol. :D So, like, here are 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
In a clothing store
Okay, fine...
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
In a clothing store

Like, OH MY GAWWD! (Valley Girl)
Like - TOTALLY (Valley Girl)
Encino is like SO BITCHEN (Valley Girl)
There's like the Galleria (Valley Girl)
And like all these like really great shoe stores
I love going into like clothing stores and stuff
I like buy the neatest mini-skirts and stuff
It's like so BITCHEN 'cause like everybody's like
Super-super nice
It's like so BITCHEN

On Ventura, there she goes
She just bought some bitchen clothes
Tosses her head 'n flips her hair
She got a whole bunch of nothin in there

Anyway, he goes are you into S and M?
I go, oh RIGHT .
Could you like just picture me in like a
LEATHER TEDDY
Yeah right, HURT ME, HURT ME...
I'm sure! NO WAY!
He was like freaklng me out...
He called me a BEASTIE...
That's 'cause like he was totally BLITZED
He goes like BAG YOUR FACE!
I'm sure!

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
So sweet 'n pure
Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a Valley Girl
So sweet 'n pure
It's really sad (Valley Girl)
Like my English teacher
He's like (Valley Girl)
He's like Mr. BU-FU (Valley Girl)
We're talking Lord God King BU-FU (Valley Girl)
I am SO SURE
He's like so GROSS

He like sits there and like plays with all his rings
And he like flirts with all the guys in the class
It's like totally disgusting
I'm like so sure It's like BARF ME OUT...
Gag me with a spoon!

Last idea to cross her mind
Had something to do with where to find
A pair of jeans to fit her butt
And where to get her toenails cut

So like I go into this like salon place, y'know
And I wanted like to get my toenails done
And the lady like goes, oh my gawd, your toenails
Are like so GRODY
It was like really embarassing
She's like OH MY GAWD, like BAG THOSE TOENAILS
I'm like sure...
She goes, uh, I don't know if I can handle this,
y'know...
I was like really embarassed.. .

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 GAWD (Valley Girl

Hi!
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 gawd!

Hi - I have to go to the orthodontist
I'm getting my braces off, y'know
But I have to wear a retainer
That's going to be really like a total bummer
I'm freaking out
I'm SURE
Like those things that like stick in your mouth
They're so gross...
You like get saliva all over them
But like, I don't know, it's going to be cool, y'know
So you can see my smile
It'll be like really cool
Except my like my teeth are like too small
But NO BIGGIE...
It's so AWESOME
It's like TUBULAR, y'know
Well, I'm not like really ugly or anything
It's just like
I don't know
You know me, I'm like into like the clean stuff
Like PAC-MAN and like, I don't know
Like my mother like makes me do the dishes
It's like so GROSS. . .
Like all the stuff like sticks to the plates
And its like, it's like somebody elses food, y'know
It's like GRODY...
GRODY TO THE MAX
I'm sure
It's like really nauseating
Like BARF OUT
GAG ME WITH A SPOON
GROSS
I am SURE
TOTALLY...

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Actually I used "like for sure" a lot back then. Then in college we all started saying

"Hello". "Like Hello"

 

So proper at my private university

 

Lol.

 

"Actually I used "like for sure" a lot back then." You did? Lol. That's one I didn't use. But I did use 'I'm so sure' (although not a lot). I also used 'gag me w/ a spoon' a few times, 'grody,' and 'to the max.' I used those last 2 separately. I only put them together ('grody to the max') as a kind of joke about Valley-speak. I wasn't crazy about 'tubular' so I didn't use that one. Or the 'bag (this & that)' saying.

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Hehe. No desire to hit "play" on that YouTube clip today!

 

Hey, you might've done yourself a huge favor not hitting 'play' on that. After listening to that yesterday, it was actually 'running around my brain' here today a few times. I would catch myself starting to sing it! :D "She's a Valley Girl...Fer sure, fer sure. She's a Valley Girl And there is no cure!" :P

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Southern born and bred, so yeah, I'm one to say y'all often. Also in New Orleans, it's not soda, it's not pop, it's coke. as in... 

 

"Do you want a coke?"

"Yes"

"What kind? We have Pepsi, Coke, Dr Pepper..."

 

And when I moved to Chicago, I quickly learned that by pronouncing the s in Illinois labeled me a non native. (It's silent)

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Southern born and bred, so yeah, I'm one to say y'all often. Also in New Orleans, it's not soda, it's not pop, it's coke. as in... 

 

"Do you want a coke?"

"Yes"

"What kind? We have Pepsi, Coke, Dr Pepper..."

 

And when I moved to Chicago, I quickly learned that by pronouncing the s in Illinois labeled me a non native. (It's silent)

 

 

Hey, that's something cool to know about New Orleans.  :)  I knew about the 'soda' & 'pop' differences between different cities in the U.S., but I don't think I'd ever heard that in some places people just call all of them 'cokes'!

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