Time favors the Valley Girl. When someone keeps using the words “like” or “you know” in a conversation, they’re actually telling you that they are paying attention to exactly what you’re saying and that they are not, in fact, a stupid person. Who knew!
I hate when people tell me I sound like I'm from California, because I assume that's a nicer way of telling me that I sound like a Valley Girl. (I hail from Encino, and, when I was a teenager, I sounded like a Clueless extra. But I like to think that I've come a long way since then!)
A team of researchers is canvassing California to try and nail down some of the linguistic peculiarities native to its various regions. Conventional wisdom holds that, aside from garish movie caricatures like Spicoli and Cher Horowitz, the English spoken on the west coast is clean, accentless, and standard.
In this clip from Real People, teens compete to be named Encino, California's best Valley Girl. Don't be fooled by the presence of Fred Willard; this isn't a Christopher Guest movie. These things really happened.