How Long

How Long

Updated Dec 15, 2020 at 05:16AM EST by shevyrolet.

Added Nov 08, 2018 at 03:10PM EST by Matt.

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"How Long" refers to a memorable quote uttered by the character Vanessa from the English soap opera EastEnders. Online, a clip of Vanessa saying the line has been used as the punchline to jokes about a lack of patience.


On August 15th, 2018, an episode of EastEnders in which the character Vanessa (portrayed by Zöe Lucker) discovers the secret hideout of the character Tanya (portrayed by Jo Joyner). Vanessa demands to know how long Tanya has had the hideout (shown below).[1]

Several months later, Twitter [2] user @jsphdeal used the clip as the punchline to the jokes "just eat: the takeaway has accepted your ord-" Within two weeks, the post received more than 10,000 retweets, 36,000 likes and 3.2 million views (shown below).


On November 1st, Twitter user @yanseoks tweeted[3] the video as the punchline to the joke "subway employees when i tell them i want a sub." Within one week, the post received more than 52,000 retweets and 142,000 likes (shown below).

The following week, Twitter[4] @brokeangel tweeted the video as the punchline to the joke "straight men when they’ve been waiting for their girlfriend outside of Sephora for 52 seconds." The tweet received more than 3,400 retweets and 19,000 likes in three days (shown below).

On November 7th, Popbuzz[5] posted a listicle about the meme.

Various Examples

online store after l order something: Thank you for your purcha- me: joe BIBI me when popstars say new music is "coming soon" joe BBC "you should watch this new show it's ab-" me: BBC
Shopping for trousers as a 5'7 gentleman joe BBC me, completely incompetent in the kitchen when a recipe merely says to "cook the chicken" joe BBC gays after waiting outside the girls toilets for their friends for half an hour adam BBC

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