Where does bofa come from?
Bofa is a slang term that often precedes deez nuts, a figurative reference to testicles, used for the purpose of disrupting a conversation, or pranking someone. The use of deez nuts originates from the 1992 Dr. Dre album The Chronic, which contains the track “Deeez Nuuuts.” In the beginning of the song, a man and woman are having a conversation on the phone, when the man suddenly yells “Deez nuts!” This created what is now known as the deez nuts joke, which saw a spike in popularity when it was used by WelvenDaGreat on Instagram in 2015.
Because the challenge of a successful deez nuts prank is getting a person to ask a “who/what” question, bofa acts as a lead-in, playing out similarly to a more profane knock-knock joke.
Bofa, or “both of” is a later addition to the canon of deez nuts jokes, and is of unknown origin. Bofa is not in the original “Deeez Nuuuts” song, and its usage predates WelvenDaGreat’s video. It’ss possible that bofa might have been created to intentionally mislead people. If the person being pranked looks up bofa online, the top results will be links related to Bank of America.
The US Presidential candidate Deez Nuts, who was actually a 15-year-old named Brady Olson, acknowledged in an interview with Rolling Stone that the name he chose for his protest candidacy was intended to be a reference to the bofa meme, which is another way to refer to the deez nuts prank.
Though not the most sophisticated joke around, even the rich, famous, and noteworthy are not immune from getting bofa’d—of course there is a verbal form of getting pranked by this meme. The English evolutionary biologist, and ethologist Richard Dawkins is a public figure who was on the receiving end of a bofa prank in 2015 via Twitter.
Who uses bofa?
The success of a bofa joke depends upon a person’s unfamiliarity with what bofa means: for example, the prankster will ask a person, “Do you want to see bofa?” and when a person responds, asking what bofa is, the first person retorts “bofa deez nuts!” It can be used even more deceptively, such as when a person uses the lead-in, “I went to this great Italian restaurant last week, and they make great bofa.”
It’s seen as a sign of good humor if the person who has been bofa’d laughs, shrugs it off, or bofas someone themselves.
“@assbott BOFA DEEEEEEEZ NUTZ OWNED”
DSA Bill Mitchell @packman_jon Twitter (March 22, 2017)
“Joshua emailed back for clarification... ‘In an ironic twist, am unfamiliar with BOFA.’ ...and got it: ‘Really? Well in that case, let me help you get familiar with BOFA DEEZ NUTS!’”
Tim Marchman, “‘I Am Unfamiliar With BOFA’: Tom Tips Back,” Deadspin (May 25, 2016)
“The BOFA joke is juvenile, somewhat pathetic, dumb….and absolutely hilarious, mostly for the set up involved and because its victims seem so unable to use Google correctly in order to avoid being pwned.”
Bee_tee_ess, “Bofa Deez: The Greatest Day in Juvenile Humor,” FlamingHotTakes (January 10, 2015)