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©1982 THOUGHT FACTORY MADE IN USA
"Like, ohmigod!" was common slang of the expression, "Oh, my God!" given in astonishment as used by Valley Girls, a teen subculture which emerged from the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles in the late 1970s. The Valley Girl (or "Val") stereotype was seen to be materialistic and airheaded, with speech characterized by slang such as, "fer shur", "grody to the max", "bitchen", and "gag me with a spoon", who spend their time going to the beach and hanging out at the mall. Valley Girls gained more national attention with the release of the Frank Zappa song "Valley Girls" in 1982, which featured his teen daughter Moon Unit Zappa talking in "Valspeak" behind the music, and then again in 1983 when the movie "Valley Girl" was released, starring Nicolas Cage. The exaggerated Valley Girl accent has come to be a general stereotype of the way all Californians speak.