that's so fetch


What does fetch mean?

Oh, it's like slang, from...England.


Fetch is slang for “cool” or “awesome" and is not, in fact, from England. It started as a joke in the movie Mean Girls, only to catch on off-screen.

Examples of fetch


Examples of fetch
In “Mean Girls,” Gretchen Wieners didn’t make “fetch” (for the non-Plastics among you: fetch roughly equates to cool/awesome) happen, much to the satisfaction of queen bee Regina George. But a decade later, the social media age has.
“I want to apologize to the world for fetch,” she said. “I didn’t mean for it to happen.”
Tina Fey, quoted by Time

Where does fetch come from?

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Fetch dates back to before the year 1,000, when it showed up in Old English as fecc(e)an. It’s related to the German “fassen” which means to grasp. Back then (and now, if you’re going with the typical definition), fetch typically meant to get or return with an object.

It wasn’t until April 2004, when the movie Mean Girls was released in theaters, that fetch the slang word totally happened. 

The movie about a group of high school girls launched the phrase “so fetch” into the lexicon, thanks to character Gretchen Weiners (played by Lacey Chabert) who spent much of the flick declaring things she liked were “so fetch.” In a now iconic scene, head mean girl Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams) snaps at Gretchen, telling her to “stop trying to make fetch happen.”

Mean Girls creator Tina Fey has said she’s sorry for adding the word to the movie, telling the Today Show, “I want to apologize to the world for fetch. I didn’t mean for it to happen.”

But it looks like Gretchen got the last laugh.

“So fetch” has caught on, especially among fans of the cult classic. Mean Girls has since been turned into a Broadway show where “so fetch” is said multiple times per showing. And hey, we put it right here. 

That’s pretty fetch, don’t you think?

Fetch Mean Girls GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Who uses fetch?

The internet loves to call its favorite things “so fetch.” This goes double for anything that’s pink on a Wednesday—a nod to another famous Mean Girls quote.

When things aren’t so fetch, fans are using the hashtag #MakeFetchHappen

And, of course, Gretchen Weiners gifs are always call for a fetch mention.

That Was So Fetch Gretchen Wieners GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY


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