She Goes to Another School

She Goes to Another School

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You Wouldn't Know Her, She Goes to Another School is a widespread response which, in several variations, is used to avoid admitting to not actually having a girlfriend. Online, the phrase has been used as a caption in numerous memes. This trope is also known as Girlfriend in Canada.[1]


While the earliest mention of a person pretending to have a girlfriend, a fiance or a wife in a distant place which cannot be easily be checked to increase their social status is unknown, the trope has appeared in a number of books, films, TV series and other media since the pre-Internet era.[1] Some of the notable examples include The Breakfast Club character Brian Johnson pretending to have a girlfriend in Niagara Falls to avoid admitting to being a virgin. Another example is Napoleon Dynamite titual character Napoleon lying to his friend Pedro that he has a girlfriend in Oklahoma (scene shown below, left). In episode 16 "PDA" of season seven of The Office character Kevin claims that he had intercource in the office with a person "who goes to another school" (scene shown below, right).

The earliest known viral meme based on the trope was posted by Twitter[2] user @imteddybless on January 5th, 2015 (shown below). The tweet received over 4,700 retweets and 12,600 likes in four years and was widely circulated online in the following years.[3][4][5]

beth mccoll @imteddybless yes.i have a girlfriend. she goes to another school 6:04 PM · Jan 5, 2015 · Twitter Web Client


Starting in August 2018, memes about girlfriends "from another school" gained popularity in /r/dankmemes and other meme communities on Reddit. For example, a They're the Same Picture meme by Redditor[6] xxnormieslayerxx received over 540 upvotes in six months (shown below, left). A November 15th, 2018, meme by Redditor[7] Aravini received over 6,500 upvotes in six months (shown below, right).

girlfriend from another school Corporate needs you to find the differences between this picture and this picture. They're the same picture. illustration of a man in suit and fedora driving a car with an invisible hitler in the passenger seat. me my girlfriend from another school.

In July 2019, the format saw a surge in popularity on Reddit[8][9] in connection to Storm Area 51 memes as a part of Me Running From Area 51 subformat (examples shown below. left and right).

Me coming back from Area 51 with my girlfriend that goes to another school TOGanStoc Leaving Area 51 with my girlfriend that goes to another school

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No! I'm not alamy SINGLE! XOXO ala I'm just in a Irtg direne relationship, because the lamy person l'm in a relationship with lives in the OTTOMAN EMPIRE Yes I have a GF, no you don't know her, she goes to another school when I finally meet my friends "girlfriend from another school" -Ahh, i see you're a man as well,
pixel art of book titled i have a gf from another school and other hilarious jokes you can tell yourself volume ii Me entering a vault in Area 51 My gf that goes to another school Florida My dad man That one Friend whose been offline sock LE My Gf, who is real And goes to another school Me,

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