“Smush,” “HBIC,” “You better get your life!” These are just a few of the words, acronyms, and catchphrases that reign supreme in pop culture—all because of a godsend called reality television.
All month long, VH1 is celebrating reality TV with our “Keeping It Real” package, and to help you navigate the world, we’ve put together a list of the most iconic phrases and words to come out of the phenomenon. From “bloop” to “Fix it, Jesus!,” here are choice words and phrases from your favorite shows.
Bible (bahy-buhl) noun / verb / phrase
Synonymous with “I swear.” You say “Bible” instead of saying “I swear” because you’re probably swearing on the Bible anyway. You know, because reality stars are such a pious bunch.
B-I-C-T-H (bee-eye-see-tee-eych) noun
“Bitch,” as spelled by Momma Dee on Season 1 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. “And in that order!” When you run things, as she does, you spell things however the eff you want.
Term coined by Diddy that refers to whininess, jealousy, and other dumb ways of being.
Someone who is down to have a good time. Perhaps because most good times on reality TV begin with glasses of alcohol.
Something NeNe Leakes, of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, says. It doesn’t mean anything, so it means whatever you want it to mean. This is how reality TV contributes to society.
The set of rules pertaining to relationships between women that, if broken, could cause someone to be voted out of the clique. Can also refer to Countess Luann’s newest trailblazing song.
The dude version of the girl code.
The least attractive girl in a group who is possibly cock-blocking someone—knowingly or unknowingly. Typically, one brave and selfless guy jumps on/talks to/hooks up with this grenade to save the night for everyone else.
Stands for: gym, tan, laundry. Made famous by the cast of Jersey Shore in their endeavors to ~stay fresh~.
Stands for “head bitch in charge.” Coined by Tiffany “New York” Pollard of Flavor of Love and I Love New York. Because without strong leadership we’d be lost.
A small, but full-figured person. See: Snooki from Jersey Shore.
An insult to the face.
When people seemingly fall in lurve on a show, but you know it’s fake ’cause they break up as soon as the season’s over.
Literally since the very first day of filming. Since the day someone met someone else. That’s history.
Nickname for Michael Sorrentino of Jersey Shore; also refers to a problem at hand or the circumstances under which an event is taking place.
To have sex, most likely in what is dubbed a “smush room.”
Something people say when they have yet to make any friends on a reality TV show.
A cop-out often used to justify why someone isn’t liked by someone else.
A Joseline Hernandez one-liner from Season 2 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Class warfare of the highest order.
As said by Kenya Moore, and tweeted about by Nicki Minaj. Don’t come for Kenya. She will send for you, peasant.
A phrase coined by Tamar Braxton of Braxton Family Values that means “get your shit together.” (Appearing on a reality TV show does not necessarily equate to having one’s shit together. Often quite the opposite.)
“You tried it!” phrase
A Tamarism that means you tried to do something, but failed.
Another Tamar Braxton gem aimed at someone who needs to stop whatever they’re doing and sit down so badly, he/she should take more than one seat. Here are some available.
Something you’re equally as likely to hear in church as you are from the lips of Khloe Kardashian on KUWTK.
As said by Tim Gunn on Project Runway. When Tim says this to you, you know you better get your life (see above) before your design hits the runway.
Some knowledge NeNe Leakes dropped to let everyone know she has $$$ in the bank. Be sure to check your account balances before using.
More words of wisdom from NeNe Leakes that mean you should not sleep with married men. Who said there are no morals in reality TV?
The immaculate response Sheree Whitfield delivered to Anthony on the Season 2 premiere of RHOA.
Groundbreaking phrase from the lips of Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada that means, simply, you have zero effect on anything.
Phrase whose origins lie in RuPaul’s 1993 song “Supermodel (You Better Work),” from Supermodel of the World. Here, “work” tends to mean walking with attitude. We should all enjoy such employment.
“Sashay away.” phrase
RuPaul’s catchphrase from RuPaul’s Drag Race; synonymous with “goodbye,” but way sassier.
Scrappy’s catchphrase from Season 1 of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta that later inspired his song, “Paws.”
Kenya Moore’s catchphrase from RHOA that inspired her song, “Gone with the Wind Fabulous.” That’s an old movie (adapted from an old book). You may have seen it.
Iconic phrase from Survivor used to indicate a final decision. It takes a village…to kick someone off a reality competition.
Phaedra Parks’ signature phrase from RHOA that also inspired a T-shirt line. Jesus is capable of fixing things. He was a carpenter after all.