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"2deep4u" is an abbreviation of the phrase “too deep for you," indicating that the content in question may be too profound or obscure in nature for its audience to appreciate. It is often used as an indictment of arrogance and pretension in the hipster subculture, or as a sarcastic defense of a particular genre in music or visual art. The phrase saw a resurgence in popularity following the rise of the related abbreviation "2Spooky" in 2012, correlating with Google Trends results.


Though the abbreviation's origins is sketchy at best, the earliest known uses of the phrase dates back to 1998, when it was used as a title for a drum and bass vinyl record, recorded by the Dutch electronic group Critical Adjustment[13].


On September 24, 2003, the username "2deep4u"[14] was registered to the scuba-diving enthusiast forum ScubaBoard. The phrase then appeared in 2007, when it was submitted as a tagline for a billboard campaign for flood safety[15], held in Clark Country, Nevada. The earliest known archived posting of the phrase on 4chan appeared on /a/[16] (anime) on February 2008, as a sarcastic reply.

Anonymous Tue Feb 26 10:37:00 2008 No.9864944 Quoted By: >>9865418 >9865508 >>9865609 Report >9864847 Well granted KnJ was p--- lulz at start, then it moved to darker areas were most of comedy was traded for plot progression Anonymous Tue Feb 26 11:01:42 2008 No.9865418 Report >9864944 2 DEEP 4 U?

The abbreviation was also used as a tag for a blog post[2] published by Blogspot user Posthumous[1] on February 13th, 2010, in which he reviewed "The Happiness Project" by Charles Spearin. On March 8th, 2010, the abbreviation was used in a thread on the /mu/ (music) board on 4chan,[3] in which users created custom album covers based on random Wikipedia articles. On April 27th, the phrase was used as a retort to the insult “you suck in bed” in a thread on the Game Trailers Forums.[6] On May 21st, LiveJournal[5] user oddfishstick posted the abbreviation in the comment section of a journal entry titled “Noteworthy People Stare at The MoMA." (shown below)

odd fish stick 21st-May-2010 02:35 am (UTC) i f------ hate performance art Reply Thread Link fish stick 21st-May-2010 02:36 am (UTC) 2deep4u Reply Parent Thread Link

On September 28th, an Urban Dictionary[4] entry for the phrase was submitted by user ImthatAwesome, defining the term as a descriptor for content in which its “artistic value goes beyond a person’s perception.” On June 30th, 2deep4u[9] was registered as a username on the social news website Reddit. On July 4th, 2011, YouTuber Karl0v submitted a video titled “2Deep4U,” featuring footage of several men competing in a race while wearing penis costumes (shown below).

On February 9th, 2012, the I'm 2Deep4U Tumblr[8] was launched, which describes itself as "a blog where we mock the stupid, melodramatic, pseudo-intellectual quotes and images that flood the Tumblr feeds of people everywhere," providing humorous commentary on inspirational photo quote images (shown below).

WHY DO I ALWAYSL IVE IM NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOD ANYONE? 3 Because you aren't. BULLIES KILL WORDS SCAR RUMORS DESTROY Bullies kill if they're equipped with a lethal weapon, words scar if they happen to be "I declare war on (country name here)", and rumours destroy the credibility of everyone involved. I'm alive. S---. That's slightly graphic, but yes, excretion in some form or another is a function common to all living things.

On March 22nd, a thread titled “2deep4u sharethread” was submitted to 4chan's /mu/[10] board, urging other users to share music from the avant garde, noise, throat singing, field recordings, lowercase and drone genres. On May 18th, a Meme Generator[11] page titled "2Deep4U" was created, which featured image macros based on a photo of a person drowning and captions including the abbreviation “2Deep4U” (shown below). On November 10th, a Facebook[12] page titled “2Deep4U” was created, which accumulated over 180 likes within four days.

ACCURACVISAN ILLUSION 2DEEP4U memegenerator.net INSTAGRAM 2DEEP4U memegenerator.net


The derivative phrase 2edgy4me, an abbreviated form of "too edgy for me", has been used in a similar manner. The mocking tone is often found online in response to people with an unpopular opinion or those attempting to be perceived as cool or part of a subculture that they do not fully engage with. The phrase "too edgy for me" was used on /tv/[17] (Television and Film) as early as April 8th, 2010, when an anonymous poster called out another for claiming he would not have sex with actress Lindsay Lohan.

Anonymous Thu Apr 08 2010 02:21:18 No.8289277 Quoted By: >>8289305 >>8289310 >8289316>8289326>8289413 Report I'd still f--- her. You all would too Anonymous Thu Apr 08 2010 02:22:18 No.8289305 Quoted By: 8289369 Report >>8289277 I'd rather my penis not shrivel up and die actually Report Anonymous Thu Apr 08 2010 02:26:18 No.8289369 Quoted By: >8289402 >>8289310 Exactly If she's not binging on drugs, she's hot, and you would all f--- her. >>8289305 F--- bro, you're too edgy for me. I'd like to sign up for your newsletter

The first archived use of its abbreviated form was posted on January 23rd, 2011 in response to a poster on /a/[18] (anime and manga) calling Neon Genesis Evangelion unoriginal. Throughout 2012, the abbreviation appeared in threads on /k/[19] (weapons), /fit/[20] (health and fitness) and /v/[21] (video games). By October of that year, the phrase began to spread outside of 4chan, appearing in comments on FunnyJunk[22], GameFAQs[23] and the World of Warcraft forums.[24] On December 5th, 2012, the full phrase was used in the /r/cringepics[25] subreddit to describe a photoshopped image a person made of himself with demon's wings (shown below). The same month, "2edgy4me" was first used as a tag on Tumblr.[26] On February 4th, 2013, the subreddit /r/2edgy4me[27] was created, posting similar content to /r/cringepics. 2edgy4me has also been used as a Twitter hashtag.[28]

Saw this on my facebook feed. Too edgy for me. (imgur.com) 153 submitted 5 months (Thu Dec 6 05:53:09 2012 UTC) ago by aquad0 11 comments share source storify save hide report hide all child comments ongNguen lL

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