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r/woooosh, or woooosh, is a subreddit on Reddit devoted to documenting instances of someone missing a joke or failing to understand that something is sarcasm. Taken from the slang term "whoosh," an onomatopoeia for the sound effect of a joke flying over one’s head, the term was popularized on Reddit through the sub and became a common reaction or reply outside of the platform elsewhere online for similar instances when someone failed to see sarcasm and humor.


Originally, the term likely stemmed from the word “whoosh,” which is defined as “a swift or explosive rush,” combined with the onomatopoeic expression posted to Urban Dictionary[1] by userCougarSW2 on November 14th, 2004 (seen below).

TOP DEFINITION whoosh Single word exclamation, accompanied by a gesture where the hand is swept palm down over the head from front to back with about three inches clearance. Indicates that the joke just told was too sophisticated for the listener and has gone "way over their head". Sometimes comes to mind when reading feedback on Urban Dictionary quality control 2. paris Capital of North Africa. j'en ai marre Source: fnjlas, Jun 20, 2004 A user said this should be deleted: Factually incorrect and the example is not even in English." Whoosh!) by CougarSW2 November 14, 2004

The subreddit /r/whoooosh[2] was created on November 1st, 2016, under the description “A subreddit about people who miss the joke/satire” with a similar premise to the above precursor. The subreddit has since accumulated over 937,000 members in just over five years. On November 16th, 2016, Redditor tilnewstuff posted an early example to /r/woooosh,[3] receiving 351 upvotes and 10 comments in six months (shown below).

Christians celebraling Easter 23 Metallers strung out on drugs and worshipping Satan over Easter! Because heavy metal makes you skip class.. Yup. I'm glad I only skipped class because I was bored and way too intelligent. The times I was in class or did my homework, I listened to Iron Maiden. Pmsl 3 hours ago • Like Church. Organized religion. Just like Jesus didn't like in the first place.. Whahahahhaaa 3 hours ago • Like


On December 20th, 2019, Redditor l00rk posted an instance of a person missing the joke to the /r/woooosh[4] sub, accumulating over 23,600 upvotes and 205 comments in six months (shown below, left). On December 31st, 2019, Redditor Hackz_Phil posted another example to /r/woooosh,[5] accumulating over 20,800 upvotes and 149 comments in six months (shown below, right).

IEL Suprer Just bought this cat from PetSmart and I ain't heard him meow since we left the store, maybe he speak Spanish idk lol • 3h That ain't a fricken cat, that's a ferret! -30 Reply You hear the one about the airplane? Nooo Eh. It'd probably go over your head I'm pretty smart, try me Sent

Online Presence

After initially being spread on Reddit, the subreddit and its content began appearing in other places around the web. On December 15th, 2018, Urban Dictionary[6] user FlashwaveXL added the definition of r/woooosh to the site, receiving over 2,500 likes in roughly three years (shown below).

TOP DEFINITION R/ woooosh You didn't get the joke, dude. Person A: Top 10 anime betrayals Person B: It's not an anime, dumbass. Person A: R/ woooosh Person B: *Looks up r/ woooosh on Urban Dictionary* Person B: *Sees this* Person B: S---. by FlashwaveXL December 15, 2018

Various compilations of /r/woooosh were also compiled into videos on YouTube, including one from YouTuber[7] GioFilms on May 13th, 2019, which received over 1.6 million views, 37,000 likes and 9,800 comments in almost two and a half years (seen below, left). On July 6th, 2019, YouTuber[8] EmKay uploaded another example, receiving over 1.7 million views, 51,000 likes and 4,700 comments in two and a half years (seen below, right).

Meme Examples

My Rise of Skywalker Review: -Had no connection to the last 8 movies -Too much music -They made all the characters cats for some reason Jo December 29, 2019 at 10:34 AM O 207 5 Comments 5 Like Comment You sure you didn't walk into the wrong theater and accidentally watch "Cats?" If the Titanic really "hit an iceberg" Then how come NO PIECES OF AN ICEBERG were ever found in the wreckage? Maybe bc ice melts overtime 7 likes 5h Reply JOIN THE 2 DAY CHALLENGE! NO ALCOHOL ON FEBRUARY 30 AND 31! CAN YOU DO IT? 60 20 Comments · 22 Shares Like לן Comment Share There is no 30 or 31 this February!! Hello knock knock

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I'M COLORBLIND. That's cool "points at the object WHAT COLOR IS THIS?! • 1h You forgot to put yellow into the list Reply 1 -14 + Remember Po from teletubbies? Well, they named a country after him. Gdynia Sopot Gdańsk USIKa RUSSIA Kołobrzeg Swinoujście • Szczecin Białystok Bydgoszcz POLAND • Poznań WARSAW Łódź, Radom Lublin Wrocław . Częstochowa Kraków Rzeszów CZECH REPUBLIC Zakopane SLOVAKIA 000000 Lol they didn't name Poland after po 6 d 126 likes Reply GERMANY Vedor UKRAINE Discovery of oxygen 1772 y. 1771 y You and 435 others 63 Shares 70 Comments Haha Comment Share It said discovery not invention duh View 49 previous replies

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[1] Urban Dictionary – woosh

[2] Reddit – r/woooosh

[3] Reddit – r/woooosh

[4] Reddit – r/woooosh

[5] Reddit – r/woooosh

[6] Urban Dictionary – R/ woooosh

[7] YouTube – r/woooosh Best Post

[8] YouTube – r/Woooosh I d-don't get it

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