Where does BDE come from?
BDE stands for big dick energy, and together with the longer phrase, it started taking the internet by storm in June 2018.
Just who said it first isn’t completely clear, although a search of Twitter indicates big dick energy may owe its beginnings to fans mourning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The phrase was quickly shortened to BDE for the sake of using fewer characters on social media (and perhaps because the word "dick” is still not entirely accepted in social settings … thank heavens for euphemisms).
anthony bourdain definitely had big dick energy and also definitely could have gotten it
— julia (@joolia415) June 11, 2018
Who uses BDE?
Although it’s clear what BDE is short for, the actual meaning of big dick energy is open to interpretation. The dick, clearly, refers to the penis, and it’s typically used to refer to (mostly cisgender) men, although not always. It can also be used to describe a woman. The connotation is largely positive.
A short list of folks who the internet has decreed have BDE include:
- Men who believe in feminism
- Badass women
- Actress Cate Blanchett
- Jake Tapper
So, how should you use BDE? That’s up to you. Do you think someone is awesomesauce but worry that word is so 2000-and-late? Maybe you should say they have BDE. Then again, maybe not.
BIG DICK ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED OR DESTROYED
@egglena, June, 2018
The only character in Glee with BDE was Santana.
@Neil_McNeil, June, 2018
I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!! #BDE #Petedavidson
@thatonequeen, June, 2018