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LOLWUT (commonly pronounced “lol what?”) is a popular image macro and catchphrase used in online conversations to indicate feelings of confusion or amusement over a piece of media posted by someone else. The phrase is typically associated with the following picture:
The surrealist painting of a laughing fruit is derived from The Biting Pear of Salamanca by ursulav on deviantART, published on February 27th, 2006. Sometime in 2007, the now-famous “LOL WUT” caption was added to the picture, possibly originating from the WoW forum Tthotbot.
Yes. I know. LOL WUT. Yes, yes. I’m aware. Really, I don’t mind that y’all are havin’ fun with the image*, the internet is a very silly place and all, but if you could make an effort to include a link to the original when you’re posting it, I’d be really grateful.
(Source: ursulav’s deviantART Profile Page)
- Urban Dictionary entry for LOL WUT (February 2, 2007)
- lolwut.com is created (February 8, 2007)
- LOL WUT !? YTMND site (March 31, 2007)
- Urban Dictionary entry for lolwut (May 21, 2007)