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herp derp

or harp darp [hurp durp]

What does herp derp mean?

Herp derp is an internet expression and character from rage comics. People use it, or its accompanying rage face, to point out a stupid or ignorant remark or behavior.

It came in part from the slang derp.

Related words

yeet, Lenny Face, Pepe the Frog, rage comics, Y U NO, No. meme, okay meme, forever alone, me gusta, fap

Where does herp derp come from?

Derp grew out of South Park in the early 2000s, and herp derp made it derpier. Part of rage comics, or crudely drawn web comics depicting various emotions, the herp derp face and expression was born as a reaction to something considered stupid or contemptible. The herp in herp derp is rhyming reduplication.

The original herp derp comic appeared on Reddit in 2010. It showed someone attempting to make a new rage comics face but criticized the face as poorly drawn. The phrase harp darp was created a few months later when a person imposed the herp derp face over an apparent likeness: some bird droppings.

2011 saw the launch of, a website whose only content is the herp derp face. That was the same year herp derp earned its entry into Urban Dictionary.

In 2014, a YouTuber, schmoyoho, released a song, “Herp de Derp,” about a romantically awkward woman.

A popular Firefox and Chrome extension, aptly called Herp Derp YouTube Comments, converts insufferable comments on the site to herp derps.

Examples of herp derp

My GF is in PR and is raging about how stupid Bitfi is on the phone right now. "Oh it was just a marketing stunt. All PR is good PR!" herpderp!
@dostoevskylabs, August 2018
If you are into Internet lingo, you've seen an overuse of "herp derp" or "derp" to address Internet faux pas everywhere. It may seem like a quirky phrase that simplifies saying, "That made no sense," or "What are you even talking about?" But even before its inception as an Internet meme, it has been consistently used to mock people with intellectual disabilities.
Katie Dupere, Mashable, June 2015

Who uses herp derp?

Although it technically began as harp darp, its variant, herp derp, has become more common. The phrase, the face, or both can be employed if someone—or oneself—is acting or saying something seen as dumb, absent-minded, or clumsy (e.g., Welp, herp derp, you didn’t put any money in the parking meter, so there’s your ticket.).

Herp derp captions image macros online, often when people’s faces are seen as looking stupid or ugly. This application, and others, has received pushback for mocking people who are differently-abled.


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