[ big mood ]
What does big mood mean?
Online, people post big mood as a way to react to or describe something they find relatable or resonant in some way. Big mood can at once capture a feeling at a specific moment but also comment on a broader sentiment about life in general. Yeah, existential stuff …
Big mood is also often posted with a joking, judgmental, cheerful, or ironic tone in reaction and in response to content that is variously seen as quirky, genuine, dramatic, or ridiculous.
Where does big mood come from?
Emotional reactions play a big role on social media, so it’s no surprise that the internet slang has developed a number of conventions to express them.
In everyday language, mood means “a state of quality of feeling a particular time.” Credited to Black Twitter around 2015, mood spread as slang for “emotion” or “feeling” more generally. Mood evolved as a way to respond to various content—other messages, screenshots, images, memes, videos, and so on—that they found relatable or resonant in some way. As a reaction comment, mood joins such earlier internet expressions as same, it me, goals, and TFW (that feeling when).
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 19, 2018
Big mood emerges on Twitter in 2017, with the adjective big indicating that the emotion or energy a user feels in the content is considered particularly intense or notable. By 2018, big mood was already being discussed as a hot new meme in early 2018.
all of these are me, big mood pic.twitter.com/4VsTx0NqNL
— 𝖘 𝖊 𝖓 𝖘 𝖊 𝖎 (@seupo) December 23, 2016
Hip-hop artists Drake and Future released a track in 2019 called “Big Mood.” The lyrics feature various instances of big mood as a way of proudly expressing “This is how I do things,” as in the chorus:
Ayy, things going my way, big mood
Exotic up the driveway, big mood
Double up the contract, big mood
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Examples of big mood
Who uses big mood?
Big mood is often posted a simple, two-word reaction or comment:
big mood pic.twitter.com/cSo77JpDJt
— m a r i a n a (@_xomariana) January 31, 2020
People also characterize a person, creature, or situation, not just the feeling, as a big mood, implying the totality of what is being commented on expresses a specific but relatable emotion.
This Spanish kitty is a big mood. pic.twitter.com/jEbB7TBEjL
— little hurt (@LittleHurt) September 7, 2018
Big mood is also used as kind of modifier.
This is the most Big Mood picture ever taken pic.twitter.com/dmapXNiTse
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) March 22, 2018
The exact sentiment of big mood is subtle, nuanced, varied, and depending on context, very often a hyper-specific or over-the-top scenario that suggests “This is where I am at right now.” Funny situations, feeling pumped up, struggling to function being a human, wanting to just be lazy on Friday in your PJs, presenting yourself with an on point look—all can be big moods.
this is a big mood, please don't ever ask me what my favorite anything is https://t.co/nP11yAymcZ
— Betty Hawk (@bettyhawkwrites) January 31, 2020
BIG MOOD pic.twitter.com/Gw2XJi0Kwr
— erica is a mole (@AmericaLee) January 28, 2020
Me af. Big mood pic.twitter.com/zSIjqe8kBq
— chenz (@jennymaibaby) January 25, 2020
Big mood atm. I cry with this image. pic.twitter.com/vSRjHzFiIQ
— Taehee Whang (@boilingayzer) January 31, 2020
People also additionally describe a big mood by inserting another modifier before mood.
today a girl ran into me with her bike and when she tried to rebalance herself she ran into a bulletin board and fell to the ground and just stayed laying down in the rain apologizing to me
…a big monday mood let me tell ya
— Sarah DiCola (@Hugaholic) January 22, 2018
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