Road Work Ahead

Road Work Ahead

Updated Feb 13, 2020 at 04:59AM EST by Y F.

Added Mar 26, 2019 at 12:35PM EDT by Adam.

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Road Work Ahead refers to a popular vine by Drew Gooden. In the video, Gooden sees a sign that says "Road Work Ahead," and says, "Road work ahead? Uh, yeah, I sure hope it does!", as though he interpreted the sign to read "Road works ahead." The vine has been popularly quoted, used as a snowclone, and as a reaction image, particularly on Twitter and Tumblr.


On March 20th, 2016, Drew Gooden posted the Vine, gaining over 127,000 revines and 10 million loops (shown below).


Over the following years, the vine became one of the most popular on the platform, and was popularly quoted social media. For example, on March 26th, 2018, Twitter user @dracomallfoys[1] quoted it in a tweet that gained over 41,000 retweets and 7,600 likes (shown below, left). User @702Austin[2] posted the joke on March 4th, 2019 with a reaction image of Michael Scott, gaining over 32,000 retweets and 130,000 likes (shown below, right).

f thot fitzgerald @dracomallfoys Follow me: road work ahead?? UHH yea, i sure hope it DOES my driving instructor, clenching her fists: PLEASE stop saying that every time you see that sign, its giving me anxiety 1:11 PM-26 Mar 2018 Frank lotion @702Austin Follow Driving by a "road work ahead" sign and saying "well yeah, I sure hope it does" to myself alone in the car (C (LAUGHING) 4:15 PM-4 Mar 2019

The image of Gooden's face after saying the line became shorthand for "I sure hope it does" on Tumblr. For example, on May 29th, 2018, Tumblr user alesbianvampire used it with the caption "But antidepressants changes your brain chemistry!", gaining over 150,000 notes (shown below, left). User all-that-slithers gained over 80,000 notes with a similar post posted May 1st, 2018 (shown below, right).

But antideptessants changes your brain chemistuy! Your aquarium should contain: Water

Various Examples

CONTROL EAD YEAH SURE E THERE "But going on T is going to mess with your body!" Road work anead? uh, yeah I sure hepe tdees WNTCHPENS me passin a road work ahead sign tryin not to say "i sure hope it does" mads ? @maddiefishhx sees road work ahead sign* my brain: don't say it don't say it don't say it don't say it don't say it don't sayit don't say it don't say it don't say it don't say it me: i sUrE hOpE IT dOeS AHEAD in ぀不 ROAR WoRK AHCAD?

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External References

[1] Twitter – dracomallfoys

[2] Twitter – 702austin

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