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Y Tho, an abbreviation of the question "why though?", is a popular slang phrase usually asked in a trolling manner in response to a senseless action or statement. It later grew associated with a painting of a round, fat pope with a small face.


The earliest definition of "Y Tho was posted to Urban Dictionary by licia[1] on February 19th, 2007 (shown below).

y tho An abbreviation of "Why, though?" mainly used as a joke or pointless comment in online discussions. The phrase picked up a large following in popular random-topic communities on GreatestJournal.com user1: "Help me choose my MySpace default!" user2: "y tho" user1: "omg guys my fob shirt came today" user2: "y tho" #u #ty #yw #ilu #bb by licia February 19, 2007

The phrase later became associated with a painting of Pope Leon X painted by Fernando Botero[2] (shown below, left). On December 12th, 2014, the "image macro" version of the painting with the "Y Tho" text was uploaded to Imgur (shown below, right), where it gained over 38,000 views.[3] A week later, the image was posted in a thread on /r/funny by user firstwarrior.[4]

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After the image macro's first appearance online, it began to spread as a popular reaction image to senseless scenarios. On May 12th, 2015, Imgur user collius[5] uploaded a hi-resolution version of the image macro, gaining 1.2 million views. On March 6th, 2016, Reddit user kvdence[6] uploaded the pic captioned "When yr mom says you can't have a 3rd plate of food" to /r/funny, gaining 450 points (shown below).

when your mom says you can"t have a third plate of food photo credit: girlsthinkimfunny /Instagram E 0步@wearemitu

Meanwhile, the phrase itself continued to be used in various reaction images with the same context, as well as online in response to various statements and news.

Various Examples

I found the parents of the "y tho" kid tho YTHO FAMILY: why are u still single? ME: I don't want a relationship FAMILY: y t th tho Y tho (@dabmoms) When a company announces DLC before the game has even come out tho WHEN SOMEONE TRICKSHOTS YOU 20 SECONDS INTO SEARCH AND DETSROY tho when you agreed to kiss her after a bj but she passed the c-- inside your mouth tho

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[1] Urban Dictionary – Y Tho

[2] Art Gallery Artist – Fernando Botero index

[3] Imgur – me irl

[4] Reddit – firstwarrior post

[5] Imgur – I got tired of your low res 'y tho'

[6] kvdence – y tho?

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