Wordbank (Walrus)

Wordbank (Walrus)

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WordBank (Walrus) is an in-joke on Reddit inspired by a photograph of a preschooler's incorrect response to an English vocabulary quiz misidentifying a drawing of Walrus as a "word bank," a term used to indicate the portion of the prompt listing all answer choices in a test. After a photograph of the quiz reached the front page of Reddit in February 2014, users on the site began referring to walruses as “wordbanks.”


On February 19th, 2014, Redditor gynoceros submitted a photograph of his five year old’s arctic animals quiz to the /r/funny[1] subreddit, in which his son mistakenly labelled an illustration of a walrus with the term “word bank” (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the post gained over 42,900 up votes and 1,200 comments.



After the photograph was posted to Reddit on February 19th, 2014, Redditor TheDerpDragon submitted a picture of a walrus titled “Just a Wordbank relaxing on a beach” to /r/funny,[2] where it gathered more than 40,400 up votes and 1,000 comments in the next 18 hours, followed by Redditor soupsoundsgood's /r/funny[4] submission of a baby walrus photo titled “A newborn baby Wordbank,” as well as an illustration of a seal walking a walrus in an Imgur[7] post titled “Just a walrus taking a wordbank for a walk" (shown below).

That same day, Redditor pimple_poppins submitted a screenshot of the Wikipedia page on walrus to /r/funny,[6] which had been edited with the title “Word Bank” (shown below). Within the next hour, Redditor ooyat submitted a post asking why Redditors were referring to walruses as “wordbanks” to the /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] subreddit, to which several Redditors replied with the arctic animals quiz photo.

Create account Log in Article Talk Read Edit View history Search Word Bank WIKIPEDIA The Free Encyclopedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Word Bank (disambiguation) The word bank (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large flippered marine mammal with a discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere The word bank is the only living species in the Odobenidae family and Odobenus genus. This species is subdivided into three subspecies:3] the Atlantic word bank (O. r. rosmarus) which lives in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific word bank (O. r. divergens) which lives in the Pacific Ocean, and O. r aptevi, which lives in the Laptev Sea of the Arctic Ocean Adult word banks are easily recognized by their prominent tusks, whiskers, and bulkiness. Adult males in the Pacific can weigh more than 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)41 and, among pinnipeds, are exceeded in size only by the two species of elephant seals.5 Word Banks live mostly in shallow waters above the continental shelves, spending significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve mollusks to eat. Word Banks are relatively long-lived, social animals, and they are considered to be a "keystone specie The word bank has played a prominent role in the cultures of many indigenous Arctic p have hunted the word bank for its meat, fat, skin, tusks, and bone. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted and killed for their blubber, word bank ivory, and meat. The population of word banks dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. Their population has rebounded somewhat since then, though the populations of Atlantic and Laptev walruses remain fragmented and at low levels compared with the time before human interference Main page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Donate to Wikipedia Wikimedia Shop ▼ Interaction Word Bank Hel About Wikipedia Community portal Recent changes Contact page Tools Conservation status s" in the Arctic marine regions Extinct Least Concern Threatened EX EW) CR) EN) VU NT LC Data Deficient (IUCN 3.1)1 Scientific classification eoples, who Print/export ▼ Languages Englisc Animalia Chordata Mammalia ingdom ylum Azerbaycanca 不 可 Contents [hide] Class

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