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QWOP

or qwop

What does QWOP mean?

QWOP is a notoriously challenging Flash computer game in which the user controls a runner using the keys q, w, o, and p.

Where does QWOP come from?

Examples of QWOP

“Ok, so, theory: babies are actually super smart they're just *stay with me* stuck with QWOP controls”
@elledotdubs Twitter (April 18, 2017)
“I am doing a posess [sic] of the rare videos of Joshua practicing the noble [art] of qwop fu”
Dylan Adamoli Facebook (June 28, 2015)
Manual Samuel is a QWOP-like thing where the player has to control all of Samuel's actions including his breathing.”
Brett Makedonski, “Human: Fall Flat's console release comes with another slapstick game for free,” Destructoid (April 25, 2017)
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Who uses QWOP?

Thanks to the unusual method of locomotion in the game, to qwop has playfully extended to mean “to move awkwardly” or “kick during sleep.” Qwop itself can refer to a clumsy person, physical movement, or effort.

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