Increasingly Verbose Memes


What does Increasingly Verbose Memes mean?

Increasingly Verbose Memes refers to a popular format of multi-panel memes, in which images are degraded, either by JPEG compression or by poorly drawn MS Paint sketches, while the paired texts are becoming “increasingly verbose” or uselessly elaborate.

The main characteristic of this meme series is the fact that as the visual representations are degrading, the textual content of the meme is getting more and more complicated.


What's the origin of Increasingly Verbose Memes?

The meme format first emerged on Tumblr on May 8th, 2016, on a post, featuring a Breath-in, Boi meme being exploited by the format.

Up until November, 2016, the meme format would have several names, by which users referred to it.

These included meme corruption, meme decay or deconstructed memes.

The name “increasingly verbose memes” originates from YouTube user The Kase Reibe who called the memes progressively verbose, which later developed into its current form on Reddit.

Spread & Usage

How did Increasingly Verbose Memes spread?

By December, 2016, “increasingly verbose memes” would appear in YouTube parodies as well as a variety of subreddits on Reddit.

Several popular culture references and other memes would be parodied, using the format.

These include Bee Movie, the pirate from the intro of SpongeBob SquarePants as well as Big Smoke from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

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