Derp

3 Feb

A while ago we were driving around, and Anthony asked me to explain what “herp derp” meant. He also asked me where it came from. I told him that I’m pretty sure it sprang up organically from the internet. The idea sprung to life whole, like Athena from Zeus’s head.

So it came from 4chan, he said.

But I really don’t know where it came from, I told him, but it’s one of those memes that makes perfect sense. I didn’t need anyone to explain to me what herp derp meant. The first time I heard it I understood.

I have no idea what it means, he said.

I tried to explain. I said something like when someone’s dumb they’re all HERP DERP HERP DERP! I flailed my arms about in an instructive manner. I herped. I derped.

Stop, stop, stop, he said.

My explanation only made him more confused as to its meaning. And I may have been forbidden from ever trying to explain it again. Herp derp, I thought

About a week later we drove off to have a romantic lunch date, just the two of us. When our food arrived, we immediately stopped talking. That’s when I noticed the table of agribusiness types next to us. They were complaining, in their typical way, about taxes, brown people, and the decline of Real America. Something like that. Anyway, they were dumb.

It really made me want to turn to Anthony and say, with my Outside Voice, “Gee, honey, aren’t you glad we have taxes and Obama and Health Care Reform?” To which he would have answered, “¡Si!”

Later in the car, although I had been forbidden, I decided to risk it.

Anthony, I said, those businessmen, at the restaurant, they were TOTALLY herp derping all through lunch.

That time he got it.

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19 Responses to “Derp”

  1. ohnoAMY February 3, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Personally, I like to herp derp to the melody of songs that get stuck in my head.

    Your explanation was beautiful though.

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      GREAT a new way for songs to get stuck in my head. THANKS AMY

  2. AHGinCLE February 3, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    hmm never heard of herp derp!~

  3. MegaGood February 3, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I get a ton of searches looking for Herp Derp t-shirts on my site. We need to work on this.

  4. April February 3, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    The first time I heard (read) the phrase Herp Derp, I turned to my trusted advisor – the Urban Dictionary.

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

      Good ol’ Urban Dictionary! Anthony looked it up on his UD app and couldn’t find it.

  5. jess February 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    it’s from tumblr! it came along w/ the “forever alone” and “ffffuuuuuu” meme. kids these days huh? ;p

    herp derp himself!

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      The More You Know.

      Thanks, Jess!

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      Ok, that link is kind of terrifying.

  6. Stella February 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    For more “herpderp” check out #adamsbaldwin on twitter. I was dismayed to learn someone who could give such depth to a Firefly character could lack such depth of intellect.

    • LittleBig February 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      It sucks when the person behind a beloved character is awful, huh?

  7. jess February 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    sorry 🙂

  8. Windsor Grace February 4, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    I have absolutely no idea what that means. When I read it, it sounded like something to do with herpes or sharing information inappropriately? The explanation doesn’t explain it to me either…I guess because I’m from the south and I’m just used to assholes like that all over the place.

    • LittleBig February 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      The area of California that I live in is shockingly conservative. We are the Herp Derp Capital of the State.

  9. dingey February 4, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    My friend Becky recently told me that her husband is concerned that she might need to see a herpderpatologist.

    • LittleBig February 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Dingey, I CANNOT TELL YOU how much I APPROVE.

    • LittleBig February 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Dingey, I CANNOT TELL YOU how much I APPROVE.

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