Sweet Summer Child

Meaning

What does Sweet Summer Child mean?

Sweet Summer Child is a phrase popularized by the bestselling fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the subsequent Emmy-winning television series, “Game of Thrones,” both written by renowned author George R. R. Martin.

This expression is often used to describe someone who is naive, inexperienced and untested by the harsh realities of the world. In the mythical world of George R. R. Martin, the seasons last for years, so a young child born in a summer season is yet to face the cold and struggles presented by winter. This expression is often used to refer to those who may be innocent and idealistic, while emphasizing the cruelness of the world that would eventually await them.

Oh, my sweet summer child.

Origin

What's the origin of Sweet Summer Child?

The phrase “Sweet Summer Child” had already existed for a long time prior to George R. R. Martin‘s works. It was first used in the year 1849 in a poem by James Staunton Babcock titled “The West Wind.”

However, Martin’s fans got the phrase popular again when he used it in his book A Game of Thrones” in 1996. The expression became popular among his fans, and they eagerly started using it in their conversations, establishing it as a popular quote.

Spread & Usage

How did Sweet Summer Child spread?

“Sweet Summer Child” turned viral on May 1st, 2011, with the airing of the third episode of the hit television series “Game of Thrones,” titled “Lord Snow.” The phrase was uttered to Bran Stark by his Old Nan (portrayed by Isaac Hempstead Wright and Margaret John respectively), commenting on his naivety.

Due to the massive success of the show at the time, fans started using “Sweet Summer Child”, both in conversations as well as online.

In 2011 and 2012, the quote was the subject of several memes, especially on sites like 9GAG. Furthermore, it soon became a popular way of conveying innocence and mild naivety. “Sweet Summer Child” was first formally defined on Urban Dictionary in 2015.

Since then, it has remained popular, especially among younger generations.

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