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Baww is an onomatopoeia for the sound of crying in loud, bawling manner. It is typically used on message boards as a genuine response to sad posts or alternatively, a sarcastic remark to overly emotional threads. The number of w's suffixed at the end may vary, depending on the intensity of the emotional experience.


"Baww" was first used in comics as a way for writers to express a character crying. One of the earliest instances of the phrase appearing in print was published in an 1947 issue of the comic Egbert[1], where a rabbit named Buzz is trying to help another rabbit, Bunnyhunch, with a toothache.[2] Bunnyhunch expresses his pain through the word "bawww" twice in the comic.


The meaning of "Baww" was first added to Urban Dictionary[9] on August 5th, 2007, which defines the onomatopoeia as synonymous with the act of whining or a patronizing response to another person's ramblings, similar to the use of tl;dr.


In the mid to late 2000s, an image of a rabbit in tears with a speech bubble reading “Bawwwww!” became a popular reaction image associated with the word online in the mid to late 2000s. The image is taken from a page in a furry erotic comic entitled Incontinent Student Bodies[3] written by Michael McAdams (known as Karis[4] in the furry community) and illustrated by Marci McAdam.[5] The comic was published sometime before July 28th, 2006, when original pages of the comic were posted on 4chan. The baww bunny was added as a reaction image to Threadbombing[8] on September 17th, 2008.

Baww Threads

Baww threads, where people post sad or emotional images and stories, were posted on 4chan as early as February 2008[6] on the /co/ (comics & cartoons) board. They spread to other 4chan boards including /b/[10] (random) before moving to other message boards in 2009 including film community Live Action Movie Protest[11], automotive community Standard Shift[12] and gaming site IGN.[16] The next year, these types of threads were posted on the eBaum's World[17] forums and the Gamespot forums.[18] In November 2010,[20] was created as a hub site for sad images.

File :1203722298275.png-(46 KB, 250x166, kiwi.png) O Anonymous 02/22/08(Fri)18:18 No.3170377 0 >Anonymous 02/22/08(Fri)18:18 No 3170381 Lets not have a baw thread today. Please. Anonymous 02/22/08(Fri)18:19 No.3170389 File :1203722393706.png-(119 KB, 682x1100, EliciaFMASad.png) 3170377 3170381 TOO LATE BITCHES! Anonymous 02/22/08(Fri)18:20 No.3170398 3170381 A Baw thread you say! Why Not?

In 2011, some 4chan users began referring to Buzzkilling and Hipster Editing threads as "anti-baww" threads. threads were also known as "anti-baww" threads in 2011. Baww has also been used as a tag on deviantArt[13], Tumblr[14] and Twitter[15] to mark posts or images with sad content. As of March 2012, chanarchive[19]has over 500 results for “baww thread.”

File 1311782479.ipg-(214 KB, 500x256, 1310909679433.jpg) O Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:01:19 No.343604047 Dumping anti-bawww 1/?? Feel free to contribute you s nme A DICKLOAD OF TREES Anonymous 07/27/11(Wed)12:02:00 No.343604139 File1311782520.ipg-(35 KB, 500x330, 1310909741971.jpg) people dange alan

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nonymous 03/29/10(Mon)20:34:17 No.211454XXX >211442042 you honestly know wy Tm here? because it helps me remember, helps me heal. you can say we are all under age f------ but Im 28. you want to know why I'm here? because the love of my life introduced me to /b/ almost 4 years ago. helped us get close actually Then 3 years ago i finally "Maned up" and told her that i loved her. she wasn't to sure about it not killing our relationship so she said she needed time to think. Then i get a text 4 days later TI be over in a sec, I have a surprize for you" I was cleaning my house up when i got the call. the call i will have stuck in my head for the rest of my life hello?" (sounding muffled) "Andy. wanted to tell you i love you" (something in the backround) Maddie? whats going on?" "Just.. remember i love you, please.. I'm sorry... the phone went silent. i called her baclk and got no answer i got another call 2 days later... i hade tried everything to get ahold of her. she had been hit by a drunk driver on the way to my house. the sound in the backround of the call was hinm slamming the dorr and driving away, leaving her there.. .she passed out while talking to me but was alive for another hour before the internal bleeding killed her. It kills me inside everything I think, instead of calling 911 to save her life, and risk me thinking she bailed, she called me to tell me she loved me.. the last words she ever said were i love you.. so i come to /b/ BAAWW threads to remember, the good times and the bad, to remember her, even tough she was ripped from me 3 MAddie R.IP3 BAW THREADS It isn't about crying or being weak. Its about having a f------ heart.File :1238373830. ipg-(151 KB, 691x600, 229445.jpg) E Anonymous 03/29/09(Sun)20:43:50 No.127476369 how do you know when you love someone? Anonymous 03/29/09(Sun)20:45:06 No. 127476629 when it's over Anonymous 03/29/09(Sun)20:46:07 No.127476836 127476629 deep. too deep Anonymous 03/29/09 (Sun)20:46:12 No.127476845 127476629 MY HEART... It's broken... :_
Everyone in the apartment t complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say e. The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an angle, making him look like he was always turning the His tail has long since been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and tw Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yell scabs. Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. "That's one UGLY cat!!" All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their mes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. Whenever he spied children, he would come win frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find. One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbors huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment I d hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end. Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. I must be hurting him terribly I thought. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear- Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my r. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the p hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest y hand with his hcad, then he turned his one golden cye towards me, and I could d cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps som batt on. At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beauti doying creature I had ever scen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from mo, or struggle in any ay Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain. Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a lon little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me m g time afterwards, thinking about lhow one scarred ut giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and leam to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for Many people want to be richer, more successful, well lik ed, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly APRIL 4, 2008 The day /b/ cried SUPER SMASHBRES

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External References

[1] – History of Egbert #7

[2] Fury Comics – Egbert Issue #7 page 23 & 24

[3] Wikifur – Incontinent Student Bodies

[4] Karis' Playground – Home

[5] Marci McAdam's Furries – Home

[6] chanarchive – Bawww thread

[7] chanarchive – Dumping anti-bawww

[8] Threadbombing – baw bunny

[9] Urban Dictionary – Bawwww

[10] chanarchive – Baww thread

[11] Live Action Movie Protest – baw thread

[12] Standard Shift – BAWWWW thread. This is sad.

[13] deviantArt – Search results for "baww"

[14] Tumblr – Posts tagged "baww"

[15] Twitter – Search results for "baww"

[16] IGN – Time for a Baw thread vesti, post the saddest stuff you got

[17] eBaum's World – Baw Thread

[18] Gamespot – BAWW Thread (Personal collection…. No 56k derp)

[19] Google – Search results for "baww thread" on chanarchive

[20] – Home

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And then you somehow bring the Bronies into this. Really? I do in fact hate the MLP and Furry fandom. But you you treat Furries and Bronies like they're not people by saying 'evolved' and 'devolved' which isn't even a word.


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