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Hurr or Hurr Durr is an interjection used to criticize a post that is considered subpar or unentertaining, or alternatively, to express sarcastic laughter. Similar to the image macro application of “Derp,” this expression is often paired with images in which the subjects are gaping awkwardly or looking unflattering.
Before it became paired with “durr,” the word “hurr” appeared alone on sites like the Something Awful forums where it was used in similar vein to the sarcastic laughter “har har” in responding to a dumb joke. This usage of “hurr” has been noted as early as March 27th, 2003 in a Something Awful thread about 1970’s adult films. Hurr was first defined on Urban Dictionary as a caricature of “a dumb sounding laugh” on June 28th, 2003. By July 2006, hurr had been implemented as an emoticon on the site.
One of the earliest archived mentions of “hurr durr” also took place on the Something Awful Forums. On August 17th, 2007, the phrase appeared as commentary on dialogue used in the dating sim game Sakura Wars: Atsuki Chishio ni in a Let’s Play thread.
“Hurr durr” was defined on Urban Dictionary on June 20th, 2008:
“Hurr durr” is the sound of laughter coming from someone with half a brain. Mostly it is used to point out when someone has made an idiotic claim, though, surprisingly, idiot males will attempt to make thier laugh as deep as possible to make them sound more manly, when all it really does is make them sound like idiots.
Since 2009, captioned photos with the phrase have appeared on the single-topic blog Image Macros. Collections of these have been shared on Urlesque in April 2010 and the Chive in April 2011. The phrase has also appeared in over 20 archived 4chan threads, including one plotting equations from a hurr durr chart that took place on the /sci/ (science and math) board on March 27th, 2010.
Peaks for just the word “hurr” have appeared nearly every year in August or September, with the exception of June 2010. The search volume may be affected by the other defition of “hurr” as slang for “hair,” which began in 2008. Search for “hurr durr” began to pick up in September 2008 and reached an all-time high in May 2011.