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fgsfds (pronounced figgis-fiddis or F-G-S-F-D-S) is a saying used on imageboards and forums when a user finds the contents of the conversation ridiculous and wants to derail it. The seemingly random string of letters is allegedly meant to emulate someone slamming their left fist down on the keyboard.


The exact origin of fgsfds is unknown, but appears to have begun around June 2005 based on a Google Trends inquiry.[1]

According to Encyclopedia Dramatica[2] and a 2006 post by user Reichu to Eva Geeks forum,[3] the phrase came about when a 4chan user replied to a post with "fgsfds," after which another user named Oryan quickly photoshopped it onto an image of Harald Schmidt, a German talk show host, pointing upward (shown below).



4chan users began sharing the "fgsfds" image featuring Harald Schmidt around the site, leading to more variations using other images of people pointing up (examples shown below).

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On April 1st, 2005, Hand Hanzo defined fgsfds on Urban Dictionary,[5] garnering over 3,500 thumbs ups and becoming the top definition within 15 years (shown below).

fgsfds You could either say "figgis-fiddis" or "F-G-S-F-D-S", but however you say it, it is the one word that makes no sense whatsoever at all. It all started when someone on 4chan replied to a post with "fgsfds". Oryan (a 4chan user) soon shopped the phrase into a pic of some old dude (talk show host, probably) and now everyone on /b/ posts it. When somebody confuses you by saying something that makes no sense, simply say "fgsfds".

On August 23rd, 2005, yamz made a post to oneesmackk.blogspot.com[4] mentioning that they're "obsessed" with fgsfds and posting a few examples of the meme, representing one of the earliest posts mentioning the term on the web (screenshot shown below).

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 fgsfds what the hell am i doing, blogging at 12:24 am instead of catching some much needed sleep? fgsfds. it's probably these stay-up nights that make me perpetually sleepy in school. fgsfds. yet why am i still staying up? fgsfds. it's because i have this new. OBSESSION. fgsfds. (yes you've guessed it) figgis fiddis. GSEDS

Although no longer popular or common, new fgsfds posts continue to occasionally appear on the web. For example, on February 17th, 2020, /u/SelfDepricator uploaded a new version of the meme to /r/animemes (shown below, left). On December 17th, PastelMacroon posted an original "fgsfds" meme to DeviantArt (shown below, right).

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