Memes dictionary 5/7 or five out of seven [fahyv out uh v sev-uh n] May 1, 2018 What does 5/7 mean? 5/7 is an internet meme referring to an unusual film rating scale developed by a Facebook user. It’s used allusively to express ironic or earnest appreciation of online content. Where does 5/7 come from? redbubble The term 5/7 originated on Facebook in November, 2017, when apparent user Brandon Sullivan posted the status “fight club: 5/7 movie.” Sullivan had previously been “trolled” by another Facebook user, Robert Graves, for his controversial views. Graves responded to Sullivan’s 5/7 post by remarking “Five out of seven? I must say, this is a grading scale like no other I’ve seen before.” Sullivan defended his rating system and added: “why do you do htis [sic] on every single status i post. seriously.” This exchange, along with other examples of Graves’ Facebook trolling, was screen-captured and shared on Imgur by user FreshPrinceofDenmark under the heading “Robert Graves: Legend” in December, 2015. It quickly became popular, garnering over 463,000 views in the first 48 hours, as people found the 7-based rating scale odd and arbitrary, as most systems are based out of 5 or 10. The picture was reposted on aggregator website FunnyJunk and the Reddit group /r/OutoftheLoop, where it also gained immediate attention. Within days, the 5/7 exchange spread as a meme as a humorous rating scale. For example, on December 7, 2015, user8550 posted a picture of a man saving a sea turtle to Imgur, captioned: “I Give This Man 5/7.” On December 15, 2015, Graves revealed that he had created the character Brandon Sullivan to satirize knee-jerk reactions to controversy on the internet. Examples of 5/7 Watched Blade Runner 2049. A perfect 5/7 would watch again. @GameSack, January, 2018 Hey girl, are you the Fight Club, 'cus I would rate you a solid 5/7. 9Gag (meme text), March, 2018 This survey from the hospital. I feel obligated to put 5 out of 7 on everything. Kevinsonfire, Reddit (image caption), July, 2017 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses 5/7? 5/7 is mainly used as an inside joke on social-media platforms like Reddit to express approval of various content—often of films, but not exclusively. In one example, a video of a sleepy pug puppy is tagged “5 out of 7,” indicating the user finds it excellent in tongue-in-cheek allusion to the 5/7 meme. The expression a solid 5 out of 7, a play on a solid 10 out of 10, also appears on social media, as does a perfect 5/7, comedically amplifying the ratio into “a perfect score.” While initially the expression was ironic and internet self-referential, later uses like a solid or perfect 5/7 came to express genuine approval for something of minor note. While 5/7 has declined since its December, 2015 peak, it still enjoys occasional currency online. One instance, posted to the platform 9Gag in October, 2017, showed a German cinema chain’s rating of the film It with five stars out of seven and commented: “This cinema’s rating system looks familiar.” The internet 5/7 is not related to a five-to-seven relationship, a French-based expression referring to extramarital affairs permitted between 5 and 7pm, or the common photo dimensions of 5×7, or five by seven inches. Just Added Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Saluting Face emoji Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of 5/7 like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of 5/7 that will help our users expand their word mastery.