The 15 Most Important Quotes & Phrases From 'Mean Girls' Now in Our Cultural Lexicon

Ten years ago, Tina Fey graced the world with a little screenplay called Mean Girls. With the help of Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Amanda Seyfried, Any Poehler, Jonathan Bennett, and Daniel Franzese, a modern classic was born. It was the teen comedy that almost no one saw coming and has since become a part of our cultural lexicon. The 90s had Cher Horowitz and the 00s had The Plastics (though they're more Ambers than Chers).

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the movie that told us the truth about sex ed ("You will get pregnant and die!"), the horrors of Swedish "diet" bars, and to never ever try to find the back building — let's take a look back at the lines that changed the way we all talk about our friends, and especially our frenemies.

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by Rachel Semigran


Definition: A combination of “great” and “cool.”

Usage: Adjective often used when speaking nervously to one’s crush.

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Definition: Adjective for something that is stylish, cool, and trendy.

Usage: It doesn’t matter, because it’s not going to happen.

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"She doesn't even go here!"

Definition: Rebuttal to the desire of emotions that are manifested in cakes made of rainbows.

Usage: A way of calling out a crying girl who does not attend one’s school.

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"You go Glenn Coco!"

Definition: A congratulatory expression.

Usage: Shouted when encouraging a friend or loved one to reach for their dreams.

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"It's like I have ESPN or something"

Definition: A special talent for predicting the future, particularly the weather, through one’s breasts.

Usage: Proclamation, often after saying the same thing at the same time with one’s best friend.

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Definition: A high school clique of mean girls whose sole purpose is to torment the unpopular crowd/everyone who isn’t them.

Usage: “That’s the thing with you plastics. You think everybody is in love with you when actually, everybody HATES you!”

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"Life ruiner"

Definition: One who ruins people’s lives.

Usage: A means of describing someone of Regina George levels of destruction.

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"On Wednesdays we wear pink"

Definition: Important rule for being able to sit with the plastics at lunch.

Usage: Verbal side-eye and/or a way to exclude others.

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Definition: A Swahili greeting. Similar to “Hello!”

Usage: A way of uncomfortably introducing oneself to high school cliques on the first day of not being home-schooled.

Editor’s Note: This slide incorrectly identified “Jambo” as a South African greeting; it’s a Swahili greeting.


"I can’t help it if I’ve got a heavy flow and a wide set vagina!”

Definition: Reasons for needing to use hymen-breaking tampons

Usage: A way of expressing to one’s friends their frustrations in the things that cannot be controlled.

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“If you’re from Africa, why are you white?”

Definition: An inquiry for getting to the bottom of the new hot girl’s deal.

Usage: An expression that is used when you witness something that defies convention.


“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”

Definition: A socially-constructed identity of middle aged rich moms.

Usage: Often employed when one is carrying more than one fruity drink to one’s girlfriends.

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Defintion: Staging a coup. Initiating a riot. Encouraging a mutiny.

Usage: A way of expressing through work e-mails to one’s co-workers how much one hates his/her employer without outwardly saying so via a work e-mail system.

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“I just have a lot of feelings.”

Definition: A way of expressing the depth of one’s confusing and overwhelming emotions and/or desire to attend an all-junior-girls workshop at a school in which you do not attend.

Usage: When no other combination of words can relay the irrationality of actions or thoughts.

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"Boo, you whore!"

Definition: A diss or slam that expresses frustration or disappointment.

Usage: When one’s bestie can’t make it out for tonight’s plans because she wants to “stay in” or has a “date” with someone else.

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