Antonymic Misinterpretation / X Implies the Existence of Y meme example from Twitter.

Antonymic Misinterpretation / X Implies the Existence of Y

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Antonymic Misinterpretation refers to a group of memes that use contextual antonyms also out of their context to produce a humorous effect when the situation is imagined. The common pairs of words used in the meme are "casual" and "competitive," "domestic" and "international" and "based" and "cringe," with the snowclones X Implies the Existence of Y and Enough X, We Are Going Y often used to structure the memes.

Origin

On November 1st, 2015, Twitter[8] user @hankgreen tweeted "I like how the existence of 'fun sized' candy bars implies that normal-sized candy bars are NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT." (shown below, left), with the tweet gaining over 700 retweets and 1,800 likes. The tweet was the first to utilize "X Implies the Existence of Y" joke format for an antonymic pair.

On April 22nd, 2018, Twitter[9] user @bobby tweeted "dr. pepper implies the existence of a shadowy, enigmatic figure called simply 'dr. salt.' i must taste his mystery drink" (shown below, right), applying the contextual antonymic pair "pepper" and "salt" to an unrelated context. The tweet gained over 700 retweets and 4,700 likes in three years.


Hank Green @hankgreen I like how the existence of "fun sized" candy bars implies that normal-sized candy bars are NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT. 8:02 PM · Nov 1, 2015 · Twitter for iPhone bobby @bobby dr. pepper implies the existence of a shadowy, enigmatic figure called simply "dr. salt." i must taste his mystery drink. 4:17 AM · Apr 22, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone

Spread

In the following year, the format saw gradual spread on Twitter, with occasional use on other sites. On June 22nd, 2018, Tumblr[10] user prokopetz posted the earliest derivative meme using the misinterpretation format, with their post gaining over 80,900 likes in three years (shown below, top left). February 27th and April 25th, 2019, tweets [11][12]by @nise_shi and @AndrewChamings gained over 8,900 retweets and 23,800 likes and 6,000 retweets and 38,400 likes, respectively (shown below, top right and bottom).


prokopetz Just as the phrase "what the entire f---" implies the existence of fractional f----, the phrase "what the absolute f---" implies the existence of both positive and negative f---- (or else there would be no need for an absolute value operation). Taken together with the phrase "what the actual f---" (which implies the existence of imaginary f----), we may thus conclude that fuckery is isomorphic with the complex field. rlyehtaxidermist Technically, we can only conclude that "a f---" is an element of some norm space over a field containing fractional values; the space being isomorphic to C is a substantially stronger claim. #mathematics 80,992 notes Jun 22nd, 2018 shinsei @nise_shi "Britney Spears" implies the existence of a "Britney Swords", who probably has less attack speed and range but more well- rounded damage output potential 2:09 AM · Feb 27, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone andrew @AndrewChamings a space cowboy implies the existence of a space horse 12:57 PM · Apr 25, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

On October 8th, 2019, Twitter[1] user @_jazzghost_ tweeted "casual sex implies the existence of ranked competitive sex," applying the antonymic pair "casual" and "competitive" that is used in contexts of sports and video games to an unrelated context. The tweet received over 118,300 retweets and 493,700 likes in two years.


incorrigible mozart goose @_jazzghost_ casual sex implies the existence of ranked competitive sex 18:29 08 Oct 19 from Minneapolis, MN Twitter for iPhone 125K Retweets 518K Likes

In the following months, the tweet received viral spread online through multiple reposts. On October 16th, 2019, Redditor[2] WhiteicusMaximus used the tweet as a setup for a joke. The post (shown below, left) received over 46,700 upvotes in six months. On November 13th, 2019, Instagram[3] user shitheadsteve made a post that used the misinterpretation format, making a joke about jazz. The post (shown below, right) received over 114,000 likes, with a November 14th, 2019, repost to /r/dankmemes[4] gaining over 22,300 likes.


casual sex implies the existence of ranked competitive sex Me: UNRANKED Smooth jazz implies the existence of rough jazz @shitheadsteve

In 2020 and 2021, several pairs of contextual antonyms gained particular popularity within the format in addition to "casual" and "competitive" ("ranked"), including "domestic" and "international" from a February 20th, 2020 post by Redditor[5] Desert_Fox13 (shown below, top left) and "based" and "cringe" from a February 20th, 2021, tweet[6] by user @rosalinairl (shown below, top right). Additionally, the format spawned the viral word "shampiss," coined by Facebook[7] user Sponge Bryan on August 11th, 2020 (shown below, bottom).


F--- domestic violence We going international Rosie ... @rosalinairl turn-based RPG's imply there's a turn- cringe RPG 1:48 AM · Feb 20, 2021 · Twitter Web App
Sponge Bryan August 11, 2020 · shampoo implies the existence of shampiss ODO 469 933 Comments 5.8K Shares

In 2021, the format maintained a notable presence online, particularly on Twitter, with "X Implies the Existence of Y" and "Enough X, We Are Going Y" remaining the two most popular phrasal templates within the format.

Various Examples


GUYS F--- CASUAL RACISM WE ARE GOING RANKED Matti of Movie Marathoners ... @moviemarapod The existence of Tom Holland and Tom Hollander implies the existence of a Tom Hollandest 1:24 PM · Jul 8, 2020 · Twitter for Android YOU HAVE CASUAL SEX? NORMIE IM, RANKED TOP 100 IN RANKED COMPETITIVE SEX WITH MY TEAMMATE CYOUR MOTHER) Tony Goolathimutte @tonytula gooigi implies the existence of a wagooigi Gooigi 2:07 PM Jun 11, 2019 Twitter Web Client
Ryan @diceb0mb ... "based on a true story" implies that "cringed on a fake story" is also a term 12:17 AM · Mar 31, 2021 · Twitter for Android Alicia 13 Demon Goddess of Lust @Flailmorpho_ ... southerners saying "sweet jesus" implies the existance of umami jesus, spicy jesus, sour jesus, bitter jesus, and salty jesus 6:41 PM · May 6, 2021 · Twitter Web App

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External References

[1] Twitter – @_jazzghost_

[2] Reddit – I’d probably be in bronze or low silver lmao

[3] Instagram – shitheadsteve

[4] Reddit – Jazz music stops

[5] Reddit – Domesticated violence bad

[6] Twitter – @diceb0mb

[7] Facebook – Sponge Bryan

[8] Twitter – @hankgreen

[9] Twitter – @bobby

[10] Tumblr – rlyehtaxidermist

[11] Twitter – @nise_shi

[12] Twitter – @AndrewChamings

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