Desu

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Desu (Japanese: です) is a Japanese word that is used by both fans of Japanese culture and those who mock the former. In most situations, desu is used in spam attacks and thread derailments on forums and image boards alike. The use of the word is usually accompanied by the character Suiseiseki, from the Japanese anime Rozen Maiden.

Origin

Definition

The Japanese word desu is a copula, a word that links the subject of a sentence with the verb.[1] A close English approximation of this would be the words "this (that, he, she, it, etc) is" unless it's coupled with an adjective or a verb. Regardless of how it is used, its main function is to end sentences intended to be a statement. Due to the grammatical structure in Japanese, desu and verb tenses are used at the end of a sentence or phrase. (ex. "This is Sushi" would be translated into "Kore wa sushi desu." and "I like Sushi" would be "Sushi ga suki desu")

Other Japanese copulas are da, de, wa, na, and more. The form desu is essentially the same as da except that it is used in a casual, but still polite or proper context.

Pronunciation

In standard Tokyo dialect, the u in "desu" is not pronounced, as if it were spelled "des." The character of Suiseiseki pronounces the u, which is common in women in Northern Honshu and Hokkaido.

4chan

The earliest memetic usage of the word desu as a method of spam attack began in 2006 in a retaliatory forum raid on 4chan's random imageboard, /b/. The raid was started by the anime board, /a/, after users from /b/ staged a raid of their own. Due to the tourettes-like nature of the word's primary usage, it was quickly adopted by /b/ users. One of the earliest available examples comes from April 12th, 2006 (shown below).


lAnonvmo Fi GTFO 2 04/06 (Mon)06:20:01 No.16744146 5ipg-( (37 KB, 704x396, 116118263851 i has to go to bed however, i has aspirations that this 1.jpg) hread will reach 200 as such, i has reverse psychology (left) □ Anonymous 12/04/06(Mon)06:21:18 No.16744177 DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU □ Anonymous 12/04/06(Mon)06:22:54 No.16744220 DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESUDESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESUDESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESUDESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESUDESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESUDESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU □ Anonymous 12/04/06(Mon)06:23:58 No.16744240 DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU DESU

Image macros using the word desu or images of Suiseiseki are used commonly on 4chan by fans of anime (sometimes referred to by the derogatory term weeaboo ), and by those mocking them.


Keep Ty ping 'Desu ' Maybe if you type it enough; you will turn Japanese

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Rozen Maiden

The character Suiseiseki from the anime series Rozen Maiden ends every sentence with desu. Many people have found her obsessive need to be polite, even in cases where it may or may not be grammatically correct, to be peculiar.

There are also "combo-videos" where you can hear hundreds of unique utterances of desu one after another. For example, on March 21st, 2007, YouTuber ShotaFujimori posted the video "DesUltimate – 527 DEATH combo," which received more than 1.5 million views in less than 14 years (shown below).



Moshi Moshi X Desu

"Moshi Moshi X Desu" is a catchphrase commonly used in image macros with people picking up the phone. "Moshi Moshi" is the Japanese way for saying "Hello" on the telephone. This has been combined with Desu, making the hello message end with Desu. It is commonly found on forums and imageboards where a person starts with a image macro featuring the phrase, whereas others follow. But it's also used as a way to Threadjack, similar to Desu.


MOSHIMOSH SPIDERMAN DESU MOSHI MOSHI JESUS DESU MOSHI MOSHI MCDONALD DESU RANRAN RUP

Gaston

While originally spawned from a youtube fad, Gaston, a character from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", is a commonly used counter spam to desu threads. This has been depicted in many image macros and even flash videos such as 4Chan City – Craptastrophe.


>>贂Anonymous 07/15/07(Sun)08:42:01 No.33036985 File :1184503321366.ips-(62 KB, 242x250, 1-1.jpg) >> □ Anonymous 07/15/07(Sun)08:42:58 No.33037027 File 1184503378563.ipg-(140 KB, 600x429, gaston.jpg) WHAT THE FUCKIST This is now a Gastorn thread. Anonymous 07/15/07(Sun)08:43:13 No.33037045 File :1184503393677.ipg-(82 KB, 597x428, gastoncm.jpg) This is now a Gaston thread. >> □ Anonymous 07/15/07(Sun)08:43:49 No.33037064 File 1184503429168.ipg-(51 KB, 499x308, 118342243627.jpg DEPARTME brbfbi SPECIAL AUENT >> □ Anonymous 07/15/07(Sun)08:43:57 No.33037072 File :1184503437018.ips-(42 KB, 560x603, dfssfdaf jpg BEAST f--- yeah gaston GASTON

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What the desu did you just fucking desu about me, you little desu? I'll have you know I graduated top of my desu in the Navy Desus, and I've been involved in numerous secret desus on Al-Desu, and i have over 300 confirmed desus. I am trained in desu warfare and I'm the top desu in the entire US armed desu.You are nothing to me but just another desu. I will desu you the fuck out with desu the likes of which has never been seen on this desu, mark my fucking desu. You think you can get away with saying that desu to me over the desu? Think again, desu. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of desu across the USA and your desu is being traced right now so you better prepare for the spam, maggot. The spam that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your desu.You're fucking desu, kid. I can be desu, desu, and I can desu with you in over desu ways, and that's just with my bare desu. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed desu, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Desu and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable desu off the face of the desu, you little desu. If only you could have known what unholy desu your little "desu" was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking desu. But you desu, you desu, and now you're desu, you goddamned desu. I will shit desu all over you and you will drown in it. You're fucking desu, kiddo.

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