Examples of dank
Where does dank come from?
The adjective dank is evidenced in Middle English in the 1300s. Then, as now, dank describes places that are unpleasantly moist and humid, such as cellars and caves.
In the 1980s, dank emerged as slang for something “excellent.” Slang has a way of making negative words positive, e.g., bad, sick, ill, or wicked. In the 1990s, dank especially came to characterize high-quality marijuana, the usage perhaps additionally influenced by the fact that marijuana can be pungent and moist.
Dank meme came about in 2013 on internet message boards like 4chan and Reddit dedicated to making parodies of existing memes and mocking meme culture in general. The use of dank here is ironic, as so-called dank memes are so bad (or downright strange) that they’re somehow good.
Who uses dank?
Basements can be dank. So can badasses and bud. The new t-shirt you bought? Dank. That pizza in the oven? Also dank. Dank-ass is a fairly common intensified form.
Stocked up on some dank coffee while I was out in Seattle omg my mornings just got 10x better 😭
— ION (@ion_trapndub) September 12, 2018
OH boi They doing friday fortnite for un famous people you just need to qualify so u can compete with all the pros that's dank
— Jack shorey (@Jackshorey) June 3, 2019
Dank is often specifically used to describe food as “very delicious” or a person as “sexy” and “awesome.”
Shit was so dank pic.twitter.com/RNDlLbExQZ
— StinkyPeeete (@StinkyPeeete) January 22, 2020
Imagine being Olivia Buckland…she’s dank, her fiancés an 11/10, they have the cutest little dog and live a life of luxury. Yh I wanna be u x
— kiz (@kizicarey) June 22, 2018
When it comes to marijuana, dank can both describe it and refer to the weed itself. And when it comes to memes, dank can both characterize a meme past its prime or one that is just so bizarre that it’s actually funny.
— Dank Meme Bot (@DankMemesBot420) January 22, 2020
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