Nope Nope Nope

Meaning

What does Nope Nope Nope mean?

Nope Nope Nope is a popular catchphrase and meme, mostly used to express disdain, disgust or repulsion – usually toward critters and bugs.

This phrase appears frequently on image macros or GIFs of spiders and millipedes, as well as other creatures that people tend to find icky. It’s a way of saying “I don’t want any part of this” or “This is too much for me.”

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Origin

What's the origin of Nope Nope Nope?

The word “Nope” has been used in English since the late 1880s, mainly as an “empathic no”. While the exact origin of “Nope Nope Nope” is hard to pinpoint, a likely source can be found in the Sesame Street show, where Yip Yips or Martians are often reacting to things saying, “Nope Nope Nope”.

On October 19th, 2010, the subreddit r/nope was launched, created for images and videos for creatures that would make anyone jittery.

Spread & Usage

How did Nope Nope Nope spread?

The use of “Nope Nope Nope” as a meme has become increasingly popular on internet forums and social media platforms such as Tumblr and Reddit, as well as video sharing sites like YouTube. The most common usage of “Nope Nope Nope” is as a catchphrase on memes, depicting horrifying, slimy critters.

While there are many variations of “Nope Nope Nope”, one of the most popular is simply three rapid repetitions of the word. This variation can be seen in many GIFs and videos on social media platforms.

Apart from memes and GIFs, the expression also gained prominence in a movie, centered around the aversion towards unknown and freaky creatures.

The film, Nope, directed by Jordan Peele premiered in the United States on July 18th, 2022, gaining a large amount of popularity, through iconic scenes throughout the movie.

External resources

  • Know Your Meme – Nope

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