[Laughs In Spanish]
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[Laughs In Spanish] refers to a series of images and screenshots with the snowclone "[X in Y language]" meant to subtitle the action taking place in the image. In the snowclone, X is replaced with a universal noise that does not need language clarification.
The meme is an evolution of Descriptive Noise, a genre of images where subtitles humorously describe the audio of the accompanying image. On June 13th, 2011, the single topic blog Descriptive Noise launched with a still shot from the History Channel’s show Larry the Cable Guy (shown below). In the image, Larry and five teenagers are shown holding up frogs and smiling while the caption reads [indistinct mumbling].
The [X in Spanish] meme was first used in reference to Soraya Montenegro, the antagonist of Mexican telenovela María la del Barrio. On November 27th, 2014, Redditor InsomniacAlways submitted a screenshot image of a teary-eyed Soraya with the audio-descriptive English subtitle reading "Cries in Spanish" in a /r/funny post titled "Have you ever been so mad you cried in Spanish?" garnering more than 1.7 million views on Imgur and 3,742 points on Reddit.
On March 23rd, 2015, a single topic blog titled Life in Spanish was launched on Tumblr with various screenshots of Soraya from María la del Barrio captioned with parody subtitles in English based on the snowclone [X in Spanish].
Over the following two years, dozens of derivatives appeared using the snowclone using various actions and languages, though sometimes the language half of the snowclone was switched to simply an adjective. On March 7th, 2017, Fraolinch submitted a thread to /r/OutOfTheLoop asking about the origin of the snowclone.
 Reddit – Have you ever been so mad you cried in Spanish?
 Tumblr – Life in Spanish
 Tumblr – Descriptive Noise
 Reddit – Where did this meme come from? "X in Y" where X is an action, and Y is a language
Mar 10, 2017 at 01:22PM EST
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