You Has A Flavor, It Taste of Win

Cat macros hit the big time:

For the last few months, online regulars have been seeing on various Web sites and blogs pictures of cats and other animals in strange poses, with large type captions embedded in the photos. The grammar and syntax in the captions are atrocious by design. The pictures are called LOLcats, named after the abbreviation for “laughing out loud” used by fans of text and instant messaging.

The origin of LOLcats is murky at best. From what I can tell based on various blog posts — the most authoritative at LinguisticMystic.com, written by a Colorado linguistics student — they may have evolved from a practice called Caturday, in which cat lovers posted photos of their felines with funny captions on Saturdays.

The cat-photo fad then merged with some other geek jokes. The mangled spelling associated with texting and gaming known as leetspeak — teh for the, ur for your, hai for hi, 1337 for “leet” or elite, and so on — became part of the gag.

A line used in online strategy games such as Starcraft became a common meme. While one player is off building and acquiring supplies and weapons for a battle, his opponent sneaks into his headquarters and starts killing his virtual minions. The perpetrator gleefully declares, “I’m in ur base, killin ur d00dz.”

Now there are dozens of pictures of cats on the Web with captions that take the form, “Im in ur X, Y-ing ur Z.” So, a picture of a cat lying on its back in front of a window has the caption, “I’m in ur windoze, flashing ur nayberz.” A menacing-looking group of cats approaching the camera has a caption that reads, “In ur yardz, starten a gang.”

A.

14 thoughts on “You Has A Flavor, It Taste of Win

  1. virgotex says:

    I’ve turned the women I work with on to the lolcatosphere.

  2. I’m quite helpless before lolcats. Love ’em, love ’em, love ’em.
    And yes, I has a flavor.

  3. piegrrrl says:

    I in ur fridge eaten ur buttah

  4. Monkeyfister says:

    BoingBoing.net has the TRUE origin of LOL Cats, and the “hobo”-flavored language of the captions:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/06/05/true_historic_origin.html
    There it is.
    –mf

  5. Paul in LA says:

    8u7 wha7 if your d00dz are wim0nz?

  6. Elspeth R says:

    Monorail Cat RULZ!!!
    😉
    Elspeth
    (maybe between all of our Nola-friendly catz we can start NOLcatz? 🙂 )

  7. Jude says:

    Im in ur commentz, wastin ur bandwidth

  8. pansypoo says:

    more kitty porn?!?

  9. troqua says:

    i haz ur cookiez. lolz. – Lurita Doanz

  10. Monkeyfister says:

    GAAAAHHH!!!
    STOP YOUR STUPID SHIT!!!
    My Link IS the answer.. The rest of you are idiots.
    The TRUTH is right there– stop being stoopid.
    –mf

  11. Monkeyfister says:

    GAAAAHHH!!!
    STOP YOUR STUPID SHIT!!!
    My Link IS the answer… The rest of you are idiots.
    The TRUTH is right there– stop being stoopid.
    –mf

  12. The Crapture says:

    i don’t care about origins, i just know that there is plenty of LOLcat goodness over at icanhascheezburger.com
    you will go, you will LOL

  13. CatStaff says:

    i has many luvs for icanhascheezburger

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