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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/ .
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.