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Basic Trope: A strange syntax utilizing vaguely descriptive terms for words and overall apes stereotypical Valley Girl lexicon.

  • Straight: Bob calls a hologram projector a "glowy ghost thingy" in a moment when he can't recall the specific term (maybe after getting beaned on the head a bit too hard).
  • Exaggerated:
    • "Dumbass Alice" is a Dumb Blonde who can't even say even say "good morning" right. Instead she says something like "nice glowy-day-morning-thingy".
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    • Whedon-speak is a full-blown Newspeak Future Slang lexicon. The whole cast abuses adding "-y" to the end of words like other people abuse commas and apostrophes, the word "like" is used like a comma, and in perspective it makes the whole lot of them sound like Alex DeLarge's valley-girl cousins.
  • Downplayed: The use of valley-girl speak is only used in moments when Bob's brain is very visibly not working at full steam.
  • Justified:
    • Alice doesn't knows the specific lexicon that she's trying to convey.
    • Bob doesn't knows the name of the gadget he's describing.
    • They are both dumb.
    • Alice and Bob have dyslexia, aphasia or some other disability.
    • The terms they are using, like leet-speak, are the result of Memetic Mutation and thus they make as much sense to them as it is for a ten-year-old in the Twenties to say "jeepers!"
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  • Inverted: Alice's actions paint her as a Dumb Blonde, but when she speaks she uses Little Professor Dialog.
  • Subverted: Alice is verbose, it just takes her a few more seconds to figure out the necessary words.
  • Double Subverted: But she still very notably phrases "thing" as "thingy".
  • Parodied: The scenes in which Alice talks are an outright Homage the jive-talkers of Airplane!, ironically juxtaposing highly verbose and meaningful subtitled meaning against her barely-comprehensible Joss Whedon-esque valley-girl vocabulary.
  • Enforced: The Avengers (2012) is one of the greatest films of all time. All of the heroes talked like this at one point of the film or another, usually in the middle of an action scene. So the writers of Alice and Bob decided that it was okay to replicate.
  • Zig Zagged: ??
  • Averted: Alice speaks normally.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I'm sorry — what the hell did you just said?"
    • "...I swear, one of these days I will find Joss Whedon, shoot him, and use his cadaver as kindling to burn all of California."
  • Invoked: Alice uses this kind of speaking for Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Exploited: Evulz exploits the additional three seconds it takes for Alice to make herself understood to perform an ambush.
  • Defied:
    • "Here's a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a language course. Don't even think of talking to me until you've read them all."
  • Discussed: "It takes longer to make sense of what she's saying, but Alice is smarter than she looks."
  • Conversed: "Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers (2012), everybody thinks it's oh-soooooo-cute to have even the supergenius with the dozen PHDs talk like a FUCKING stoner, don't they?"
  • Implied: We don't hear Alice talk, but Charlie's immediate reaction is to pull out Whedon-speak For Dummies.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is deemed stupid because of her lexicon, leading to such things as bullying.
    • Alice's refusal to talk about things by their proper terms make people lose respect of her, mainly because she doesn't seems to be taking things seriously.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is the Plucky Comic Relief and this way of talking is her major Running Gag.
  • Played For Drama: This way of talking is revealed to be the result of aphasia that Bob developed after barely surviving being shot in the head in a Columbine copy-cat and it seriously makes him angry when people bring it up.
  • Played For Horror: Bob is a Psychopathic Manchild and this way of talking is part of his lack of mental stability.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The character who talks like this is a complete idiot that gets Put on a Bus to Hell, making it a major Take That! at Whedon-speak.

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