Your 'Mean Girls' Dictionary: 17 Insults Gen-Y Girls Should Never Live Without
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the movie that redefined teen films forever. No matter age, gender or social status, everyone loves "Mean Girls."
"Mean Girls" taught us the importance of friendship and the unimportance of being popular in high school. It taught us the rules of feminism and that hoop earrings are a coveted accessory.
But let's not get too sappy, lest we forget that we also picked up some sweet, new and creative ways to insult people. Now, while we do not encourage these be used seriously, we thought it would be fun to break down a smattering of the film's biggest and best insults.
Here is your "Mean Girls" dictionary of insults:
"Get in, loser. We’re going shopping.”
Kind of insult: Snobby
Why it's used: To put down an underprivileged individual while also inviting said individual to hang out at a socially acceptable location. Kind of like knowing your place.
Who uses it: Aggressive fashionistas who think their friends are "losers" for not being up on fashion trends; snotty older sisters to younger sisters; gay best friends who want what's right for you.
Synonyms: Let's go, disadvantaged human. We're going to buy stuff.
"That’s why her hair is so big. It’s full of secrets.”
Kind of insult: Metaphorical
Why it's used: Two parts exemplifying the number of secrets a person knows. Three parts threatening.
Who uses it: TMZ; pedestrian men and women describing a friend or foe who knows a lot of gossip; divas and Wendy Williams.
Synonyms: She knows everyone's business, she gossips a lot. That's why her ears are so big, they are full of gossip. Christina Aguilera.
"But you’re, like, really pretty… So you agree? You think you’re really pretty?”
Kind of insult: A trick compliment
Why it's used: To catch someone being conceited or overly confident. Backhanded compliments.
Who uses it: Unstable females; people who like quoting movie lines.
Synonyms: So you know you're really that attractive? It definitely takes you, like, five minutes to get ready in the morning because you're very natural looking.
"God. My hips are huge!"
Kind of insult: Self-inflicted
Why it's used: To show your friends you don't think too highly of yourself. To fish for compliments. To fake empathize with someone.
Who uses it: Women who occasionally put themselves down; gym trainers; movie castings; "America's Next Top Model."
Synonyms: "I hate my calves." "At least you guys can wear halters. I've got man shoulders." "My hairline is so weird." You can ride a bike holding on to my love handles. I ate more than a Nathan's hot dog contest winner this weekend.
"We only carry sizes one, three and five. You could try Sears.”
Kind of Insult: Burn
Why it's used: To jokingly insult someone while smartly getting your point across. To show your clever dissing prowess.
Who uses it: Bitchy saleswomen who think their stores are too good for you; Joan Rivers; trash-talkers.
Synonyms: We don't carry track suits, try Kohl's. Your outfit looks like you shopped in Amanda Bynes' closet circa her psychotic breakdown.
"You smell like a baby prostitute.”
Kind of insult: Comparative
Why it's used: To make fun of a person's scent. To be more eloquent and descriptive in your insults.
Who uses it: People who mock their friend's recent makeover from normal girl to mean girl; your grandma; your boyfriend before you leave the house for a girl's night out.
Synonyms: You smell like a moist toilette after it's been used on a sumo wrestler. You stink like the subway in the summer. You smell so bad they named your armpit Staten Island and started dumping trash there.
"Boo, you whore!"
Kind of insult: Indirect name-calling
Why it's used: To detail a frustration you have with a friend. To lovingly tell people they're being annoying.
Who uses it: Everyone; even kindergarteners, who can be particularly harsh and on-point in this department.
Synonym: Ugh, you suck!
"I have this theory, that if you cut off all her hair, she’d look like a British man.”
Kind of insult: Theoretical
Why it's used: To describe a person who would be nothing without her hair or good looks.
Who uses it: Jealous peeps; haters; Internet trolls.
Synonyms: I have this theory that if you shave off all of Julia Roberts' eyebrows, she'd look like horse.
"That is the ugliest f-ing skirt I've ever seen."
Kind of insult: Behind the back
Why it's used: To describe the unattractiveness of an article of clothing and/or accessory. To diss someone's outfit.
Who uses it: People who attend big dinners; group chatters; bored people on Gchat.
Synonyms: Her cat looks like a possessed Furby.
"Why are you so obsessed with me?"
Kind of insult: Question
Why it's used: To make someone feel dumb. To put someone in her place.
Who uses it: Basic bitches who think they are so incredible and amazing that people would be "obsessed" with them; Mariah Carey.
Synonyms: Don't you have anything better to do? Why is your life so boring?
"Don't be fooled because she may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing slut faced ho-bag, but in reality, she's so much more than that."
Kind of insult: Detailed
Why it's used: To describe the true nature of a person you clearly don't like.
Who uses it: Women describing other women whom they are most likely jealous of; episode recaps of any iteration of the "Real Housewives."
Synonyms: She may seem like a snob, but in reality, she's also a huge bitch.
"Nice wig, Janis. What's it made of?"
Kind of insult: Direct/Question
Why it's used: To make fun of a person's individual style.
Who uses it: Douchebag bros who don't understand "girl hot"; genuinely curious wig aficionados.
Synonyms: What gross ass salon did you go to? Did you actually pay someone to style you this way?
"Your mom's chest hair!"
Kind of insult: Comeback/Yo Momma
Why it's used: To take a person's insult and insult them right back. To hit someone where it hurts: home.
Who uses it: Sharp tongued witty individuals who don't take sh*t.
Synonyms: Your boyfriend's beard, your sister's hair extensions.
"I know she's kind of socially retarded and weird, but she's my friend..."
Kind of insult: Backhanded
Why it's used: To rudely expose the true, unfortunate disposition of someone while maintaining at least one positive attribute.
Who uses it: Conniving and jealous females trying to impress a guy; someone introducing a foreign exchange student.
Synonyms: I know her voice is really annoying and she talks a lot, but she's my friend.
"Stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!"
Kind of insult: Put down
Why it's used: To make someone feel unintelligent or stupid.
Who uses it: Leaders of social circles who think they control the masses; hyper-intelligent canines.
Synonyms: Stop trying to make plaid happen, you just look like a picnic table.
"Because that vest was disgusting!"
Kind of insult: Cloth-zing!
Why it's used: To insult someone's fashion sense.
Who uses it: Basic b*tches who think they know everything about fashion; young women who quit Girl Scouts.
Synonyms: Those overalls are just not happening for you.
"Cold, Shiny, Hard, PLASTIC."
Kind of insult: Barbie burn.
Why it's used: To describe, to the fullest extent, how fake a person actually is.
Who uses it: Women who believe sh*t-talking is a sport; Barbie describing Ken at Sunday brunch.
Synonyms: Arrogant, self-obsessed, conceited, delusional.
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