Asking for a Friend

Asking for a Friend

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"Asking for a Friend" is an expression often used as a sarcastic quip when asking embarrassing or awkward questions, indicating that the subject is so shameful it must be asked under the guise of a helpful friend.


While the origin of the quip is unknown. On May 14th, 1996, user Andy the Pugh jokingly claimed to be "asking for a friend" when asking about how to straighten fork legs on a motorcycle (shown below).[5]

A.C... (Andy the Pugh) said: >Or use a video cassette. Youve taped yourself straightening fork legs???? And how would someone go about get one of the fork lowers/stancions<sp on a CBR1000F straightened???? I'm, ahem, asking for a friend Ged I The reason why we have two ears and | DoD #5088] only one mouth is that we may listen I LHFC #1 MAG #909831 the more and talk the less UKMC #9 | Zeno of Citium, c. 300B.C. I SOFC #?


On March 1st, 2001, AnandTech Forums[6] member Spoooon submitted a thread titled "Will photo places develop 'dirty pictures?", in which he jokingly claimed to be "asking for a friend" (shown below).

WIll photo places develop "dirty" pictures? Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Spoooon, Mar 1, 2001 Page 1 of 3 2 3 Next> Um, I'm asking for a friend. Yeah, that's it. Spoooon Lifer Joined: Mar 3, 2000 Messages Likes Received: 11,334 4 Spoooon, Mar 1, 2001

In 2010, a Yahoo Answers question asking "Does a cat know when you're masturbating? I'm asking for a friend?" was submitted to the site. In December 2012, the Asking For A Friend Tumblr[8] blog was launched, featuring image macros captioned with embarrassing questions and the phrase "asking for a friend" (shown below).

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In November 2013, the Asking For a Friend Twitter feed was launched, featuring various bizarre questions followed by the statement "asking for a friend."[3]

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On April 2nd, 2014, Mashable[4] published a listicle titled "31 People Who Are NOT Asking For a Friend."

On August 12th, StackExchange[2] user ellyahu-g submitted a question asking if there was a term for the practice of saying you are "asking for a friend" when asking a question for yourself. On September 16th, the internet humor site Elite Daily[9] published a listicle of "46 questions you would never ask for yourself."

On November 3rd, 2015, Urban Dictionary[1] user Ash1355 submitted an entry for "asking for a friend," defining it as a phrase used by someone who claims "to be asking for a friend, when they are in fact asking for themselves."

asking for a friend Someone uses this phrase while asking a question. They claim to be asking for a friend, when they are in fact asking for themselves. Is real? Asking for a friend by Ash1355 November 03, 20195

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