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“Your Tears Are Delicious” is a catchphrase often used in online conversations as a retort to petty grievances or complaints, similar to the usage of the colloquial phrase “why don’t you cry about it?”
One of the first uses of “your tears are delicious” online dates back to July 2007 in a thread on the Marriland forums discussing whether or not it was unfair that Japanese Pokemon players were given access to more legendary Pokemon characters than American players. Soon, forum member Disfunction responded with “Cry more. Your tears are delicious,” telling the original poster that life is not fair.
This phrase may have been inspired by a scene in the July 11th, 2001 South Park episode “Scott Tenorman Must Die” which depicts Cartman licking the tears off of a young man’s face, calling them yummy and sweet.
Oh the tears of unfathomable sadness, mmm yummy, yummy.
In 2008, the phrase appeared on the Ask Men forums, Gamespot and on 4chan’s /tg/ (traditional games) board. In February 2009, fantasy writer Patrick Rothfuss depicted himself using the phrase in a comic (shown below, left) about responding to hostile fan mail waiting for his second book. Sometime in 2010, the phrase became associated with an image of a young boy gulping rushing water (shown below, right), which was posted online as early as December 18th that year. In July 2011, a Facebook group for the phrase was created, accruing more than 1100 likes in just under two years. In 2013, the phrase was used as a retort in arguments on a number of gaming forums including GameFAQs, the Battlefield 3 Forums and N4G.
As of April 2012, the phrase can commonly be found in post titles comments on YouTube, deviantART, Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter, used most often in response to people being upset over something.