Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, October 22, 2007 6:24 am

Lolcat for noobs, why it matters

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:24 am

One of the more entertaining Internet memes for a certain type of nerd, of which I am one, is LOLcat. LOLcat is derived from Laugh Out Loud Cat and refers specifically to a picture of a cat with wording on it that makes it look like the cat is saying something that, in light of what’s in the photo, is funny. You can find examples at LOLcat.com and ICanHasCheezburger.com. (Probably my favorite is the one derived from the adventures of the late writer Hunter S. Thompson, the one referring to bat country.)

The words used on LOLCat photos are written in LOLcat (also referred to as kitty pidgin). LOLcat is a combination of the bad grammar one suspects cats would use if they could talk or write, combined with the kind of typographical misconventions common in Internet chat rooms. One example would be “noob,” which implies “newbie,” that is, someone new to a particular skill or venue. Cluelessness on the newcomer’s part frequently also is implied. Another example is “pwned,” derived from “owned.” If you say simply “pwned!” to someone, that means you “own” him, that is have superseded his efforts in whatever area is at issue. So you might see these two terms in a sentence such as, “Ur not doing it rite, noob! Pwned!”

So, in the most important religious development since King James, a bunch of Internet types have taken it upon themselves (and, via the wiki format, invited anyone to help) to translate the Holy Bible into LOLcat, complete with illustrations. In this translation, God the Father in Heaven becomes Ceiling Cat, which, if you think about it, makes sense from the cat’s point of view. My friend the Diva Geek, who does translation for a living, has contributed the LOLcat Lord’s Prayer and also expounds a little on why this isn’t nearly as stupid as it seems. I just enjoy it for the adolescent humor, but those of you whose senses are more refined than mine might find her mini-essay enlightening enough for you to get into LOLcat for yourself.

UPDATE: Greetings to visitors from The Wall Street Journal. Y’all make yourselves at home.

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6 Comments

  1. Ah, the fame. Congratulations

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 24, 2007 3:39 pm @ 3:39 pm

  2. Now I get it. Thanks.

    Comment by Gerald — Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:56 pm @ 4:56 pm

  3. […] Earlier. […]

    Pingback by A history of LOLcats » lolcat.us — Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:19 pm @ 8:19 pm

  4. ok, I’m very late to the party, but everyone is drunk and I can eat all the food. I just started to help translate the lolcat ‘bibul’ the other day. It’s fun and is cheaper than collecting dolls.

    Comment by Cathy Creswell — Wednesday, March 12, 2008 5:54 pm @ 5:54 pm

  5. Welcome, Cathy. Don’t worry about being late; here at BOTR it’s a nonstop party.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, March 13, 2008 1:24 pm @ 1:24 pm

  6. “Ur not doing it rite, noob! Pwned!”

    Ur doin it rong noob

    Comment by Chris — Saturday, April 19, 2008 3:50 pm @ 3:50 pm


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