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24 October 2012 @ 11:28 am
New neologism?  
When did "ERMAHGERD" replace "OMG", and why? Is it from something? (I admit to being really culturally illiterate.)

ETA: Thank you all. I will add http://knowyourmeme.com/ to my list of "check here before embarrassing yourself," along with http://wwww.snopes.com and http://lmgtfy.com/ .
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Cat: defaultpernishus on October 24th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
what doesn't kill me better runcarlyinrome on October 24th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on October 24th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
seawasp: Poisonous&Venomousseawasp on October 24th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oddly, I remember this as a *verbal* meme from many years ago--my first reaction when I saw one of those images was "Ermagerd, didn't we KILL that one off twenty or thirty years ago?". Alas, I cannot recall the original source.
Jon Reid: Knightcrossfire on October 24th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Is it just me or does it have a slight ableist undertone?
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Cat: defaultpernishus on October 24th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
It isn't just you -- and more than just slight, -- or so it seems to me...
Jon Reid: Knightcrossfire on October 24th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ok, I'm glad it's not just me.

I think many memes have an -ist or -ism undertone, which is unfortunate because they can be a useful shorthand.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 24th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
It's not just you. I don't like it at all, at all.

I was okay with the Valley Girl variant, all those years ago (closer, in my memory, anyway, to OH-M'GAHHD), but this one irks me, now that I know its origin.
Jon Reid: Knightcrossfire on October 24th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes...the Valley Girl variant was mostly making fun of a regionalism/dialect, rather than an impediment.

Incidentally, Valley Girls are still A Thing. Steve and I were shopping on Rodeo Drive a few months ago (okay. We weren't actually "shopping' so much as "walking into the stores and chatting with salespeople") and we actually encountered real live Valley Girls, who talked like that and all.
Tiger Lily the Ginger Cattigerbright on October 25th, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
I'd say downright offensive, personally.
Ellen: Screamindyellen on October 25th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I had to look this one up myself, and I find it more annoying than most. I can sort of deal with it as a picture caption, but spoken drives me batty.
Adrian Turtleadrian_turtle on October 25th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I had not encountered that before. Now that I've discovered it...it seems kind of icky, and I'm glad my communities don't use it.
aedificaaedifica on November 1st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
I thought it was an accent thing. Huh. (But I'm confused--the link I followed from another comment said it was supposed to be a lisp, but it can't be a lisp because it has no s in it. And I've worn a retainer and it does *not* change my vowel sounds. "er" for "oo"? A retainer doesn't do that.)